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Another Solution to the Social Media Over-Use That’s Jeopardizing Kids’ Mental Health

July 19, 2024
By Jodi Grant and Delaney Ruston The calls to protect our kids from the harms caused by social media are intensifying. The Surgeon General issued an unprecedented call to put warning labels on social media platforms. Los Angeles’s Unified school District, the second largest school district in the...
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5 Fabulous LGBTQ+ Books in Spanish!

Five Fabulous LGBTQ+ Books in Spanish!

June 30, 2024
The following is a pile of books that came recommended, won awards, or are books I've heard about for years, all written for Spanish speakers and about the LGBTQ experience. In Las Aventuras de China Iron, author Gabriela Cabezon Camara rewrites Martín Fierro from a feminist, LGBTQ, and postcolonial perspective. China Iron travels across Argentina by covered wagon, learning about the cultures, languages, and environment along the way.
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5 increíbles libros LGBTQ+ en español

June 30, 2024
Este grupo de libros me han sido recomendados, han ganado premios o tengo años escuchando de ellos, todos escritos por personas que hablan español sobre la experiencia LGBTQ. Pride Spanish Books Square 2.jpg En la casa de los sueños (In the Dream House) por Carmen Maria Machado nos habla de una...
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Standing Up for Our Kids During Pride Month - The Absurdity of Sports Bans

June 25, 2024
As a Granite State mom, I’m heartbroken and outraged that we’ve been working to defeat yet another sports ban in our state this year. HB 1205 – which seeks to ban transgender girls from participating in girls' sports from grades 5 through 12 – goes against everything we should stand for, especially...
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Gender Justice in Sports Cannot Succeed Without Trans Women and Girls

June 25, 2024
Trans women and girls belong at the very heart of the gender justice and women’s rights movement. As a women’s rights advocate, I am all in for fighting for trans and non-binary people to be able to thrive, exist in peace, and experience the rights we all should get to enjoy, including in sports...
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MomsRising Community Safety Coloring Challenge

June 25, 2024
Are you an artist or creative? Do you have ideas on what our communities need to thrive and build a sense of safety and belonging? If so, we invite you to join the MomsRising coloring/drawing for a community safety challenge! MomsRising has been working at the local, state, and federal levels to...
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5 Fabulous LGBTQ+ Books for Adults

Five Fabulous LGBTQ+ Books for Adults

June 20, 2024
House in the Cerulean Sea House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune is an absolute gem of a novel! Linus Baker works as a type of social worker who examines orphanages for magical youth. When he is given a unique assignment that challenges his internal biases, he finds himself outgrowing the world he...
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The alchemy of gender

June 18, 2024
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, see if you can imagine the idea of being straight in your mind. Could you do it?
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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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