Staying Safe

Creating Your Bubble (COVID-19)

July 21, 2020

As we continue navigating COVID-19, we are each are finding what is comfortable and safe-feeling for ourselves when considering who to include in our inner circle of people who we spend face-to-face time with. We’ll talk about the critical role of having people in our lives and connecting in meaningful ways. Exploring the concepts of our personal bubble will play a central role in our discussion.

PRESENTERS: Carolyn Wesolowski, Caleb Weinhardt, michael munson

ASL, Captions, and Trans/Queer-led.
Events will have an ASL interpreter and AI-generated closed captioning. Please reach out with any access needs. Support focused groups are trans and queer led.

Recorded on July 21, 2020.

Introduction 0:00
Framing the topic of “bubbles” during COVID-19 3:30
What makes bubbles effective? 7:10
We all need connection and community 7:58
Carolyn’s bubble 10:16
michael’s bubble 18:57
Caleb’s bubble 26:57

Negotiating safety in different settings 32:55
Strategies for open communication 35:23
Harm reduction 37:59
Initiating difficult conversations 39:39
Communication styles 42:33
Trust within your bubble 43:52

Benefits of having a bubble 45:01
New rules for a new way of living 46:04
Dating during quarantine 49:01
How often do we reassess agreements? 51:01
Dealing with judgement/friction with others 54:40
Closing words 58:45


PACT NOW = Preventing and Assisting with COVID-19 among Trans and Non-binary Wisconsinites. PACT NOW is a partnership between FORGE and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inclusion Health Clinic.

This project is funded by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.