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Social media can play an important role in our lives. It offers a place for self- expression, community connection, acceptance and belonging. Social media transcends geographical boundaries. No matter where you are, no matter what city, suburb or country town, social media is a great place to connect with our inclusive and diverse communities.

But social media is not without its downsides. While there may be affirming content and conversations, it can also be a source of negativity and hostility about who we are and how we love, sometimes from within our own communities, which can have detrimental impacts on our health and wellbeing.

Which is why ACON, Trans Pride Australia, Instagram and Facebook have teamed up to create a valuable resource for LGBTQIA+ youth about protecting yourself and your mental health online – from being picky about what you share to (literally) blocking negativity. This features real-life experiences from LGBTQIA+ influencers like AJ Clementine and Cub Sport.

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