Theme: Discrimination & Bias

Trauma and Stigma Among Black Gay and Bisexual Men

by Sean Smith

In this lesson, participants will engage in interactive activities and discussions centered on the impact trauma and stigma have on Black gay and bisexual men. Participants will be able to reflect on how traumatic and stigmatizing experiences they have endured currently influence and impact their identities, relationships, and social well-being.


By the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:

  • Define the terms trauma and stigma, and identify key differences between both concepts.
  • Explain and evaluate at least one traumatic experience that has occurred in their lives.
  • Identify the four types of stigma.
  • Identify of at least two resources that specifically focus on mental health and social wellbeing for Black gay and bisexual men.

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Group Size

This lesson is written for 12 participants and one facilitator. It can be adapted for smaller groups, but it should not be used for groups of more than 15 participants.


120 minutes


Flip chart paper
Lined paper
Writing utensils
Clipboards (optional)
Computer and projector
Printed handouts