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The alchemy of gender

June 18, 2024
Part three in a series about LGBTQIA+ youth. Read parts one and two . I'm an adolescent mental health provider, and I’d like to share an exercise with you. If you’re cisgender and heterosexual, take a moment and see if you can imagine the idea of being gay in your mind. If you’re cisgender and gay...
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Five Amazing LGBTQ+ Books for Teens!

Five Amazing LGBTQ+ Books for Teens

June 13, 2024
Publishers, over the last decade, have increasingly invested in LGBTQ books for teens. There are so many stories out there now, and so many good ones. Choosing only five was almost impossible, until I decided to go with a few older books that have really stuck with me. So, here are five young LGBTQ books that live rent-free in my head and in my heart.
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I'm an adolescent mental health provider, here's what happens when a kid needs gender-affirming medical treatment

June 12, 2024
Part two in a series about LGBTQIA+ youth. How do I know if and when medical intervention is appropriate? Luckily, I have guidelines from trusted organizations. They have deep knowledge about the development, mental health, and medical well-being of adolescents. In my assessments, I’ll reference the specific criteria outlined for a diagnosis...
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5 Picture Books to Help Parents Introduce LGBTQ Topics with Their Kids

Five Picture Books to Help Parents Introduce LGBTQ Topics with Their Kids

June 10, 2024
"My Shadow is Pink" by Scott Stuart is about a little boy who likes things he "isn't supposed" to like, like dressing up and princesses. But his dad shows him that everyone has a shadow they sometimes want to hide, and that it's okay to like what we like.
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I'm an adolescent mental health provider, here's what happens when a kid tells me they're trans

June 6, 2024
Sometimes I know before the first appointment. A parent may have been the one to reach out, to answer the question when I ask, “So, tell me what’s going on.” Maybe this is a family where the parents have already wondered about their child’s sexual orientation or gender identity (or both!). Perhaps the kid has already come out, to themselves, at school, at home, or nowhere. Sometimes it’s not on anyone’s radar - and anxiety, depression, trouble focusing, or other struggles are front and center.
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Breaking Through: Maternal Mental Health Month, Supporting Transgender And Gender Expansive Rights, & More

May 20, 2024
On the radio show this week we cover Maternal Mental Health Month and tips for you to use yourself, as well as with friends and family; then we catch up with an expert on how adults and parents can support transgender and gender expansive youth mental health; after that we hear how moms are rising and what you can do to help ensure every mom and family can thrive; and we close the show getting the latest about how parents voices just helped improve school meals for all kids.
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Breaking Through: Same Gender Loving Rights, Stop Disinformation, Trans Rights, Protect Immigrant Families

October 9, 2023
On the radio show this week, we cover love, same gender loving, and the importance of empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+, and same gender loving (LGBTQ+/SGL) people; then, next, we dive into how disinformation by the far right has, and is, harming America; after that we hear our how stories, and the stories people around us are critically important, as is supporting TGNC (trans and gender nonconforming) people; and we close the show covering the importances of immigration policy fairness and what you can do to help build a nation where everyone can thrive.
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Coming out… to my kids

June 30, 2023
When I was a kid, I saw my parents and maybe all adults as these immutable beings who had everything figured out. Now that I’m a parent myself, I’ve realized that we never stop growing, that everyone can change, including me. Of course, as an activist, this is my great hope: that people can and...
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How the Queer Ballroom Scene Shows Us the Meaning of Family

June 30, 2023
The LGBTQ+ Ballroom Scene has become a sanctuary for many across the globe. Here, individuals can showcase their talent, find support, and embrace who they truly are. The origin of Ballroom can be traced back to the 1960s where those within the LGBTQ+ Community, especially Black and Latinx...
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Protecting the freedom to read in New Hampshire

June 30, 2023
Summer is my favorite time of year - not just because the legislative session is mostly wrapped up, but also because of the warm weather (I type, as it continues to be cold and rainy outside) - AND because of Pride and the time that we take to intentionally highlight and uplift love for the LGBTQ+...
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