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How Will You Show Support For Transgenders on Transgender Day Of Remembrance?

Transgender Awareness Week (November 13-19) culminates in Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20 each year. TDOR was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith in honor of her transgender friend Rita Hester who was killed in 1998. The purpose of this day is to highlight the losses faced by the transgender community…

What Does “Trans“ mean? That’s Why we have Transgender Awareness Week (11/13-19)

Does it mean you cross- dress? Have had surgery F-T-M (female -to -male) or M-T-F ( male- to -female).  What pronouns do you use?  Is it possible to be LGB when you are “trans?” Answers: The only common denominator transgender people have is a gender identity or gender expression that differs from the sex that…

What If Your LGBT + Kid Is The Bully?

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  It’s also Mental Health Awareness Month.  It’s not coincidental; the two are linked in my opinion. We know from GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network)’s Climate surveys and the Williams Institute, an LGBT think tank at UCLA, that LGBT+ students are disproportionately harassed at school because they are regarded…

Cyberbullying Is Not Going Away!  What Can You Do To Protect Your Kids?  

 This past year, with Covid-19, cyberbullying was on the rise.  With internet users turning to their screens more often while inside, cyberbullies were working hard to infiltrate your home with scathing remarks. Why Cyberbullying Is So Insidious 24/7 Users can remain anonymous and hide behind their screens. Because of social media, the cyberstalker can reach…

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Research shows that bullying often leaves scars, negative effects on those who deal with it.  The impact from bullying can lead to chronic depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety disorders, PTSD, poor general health, self-harm, substance abuse and difficulty establishing, trusting, reciprocal friendships and relationships. Because of the unwanted effects of bullying, October has been designated as…

Why Do You Need A Coming Out Day?

National Coming Out Day is October 11.  It is observed, and has been doing so for thirty-two years, to support LGBT people. Not Everyone Should Come Out On October 11. While many musicians, artists, actors, have publicly came out this year to encourage others to follow suit, it is not always wise for LGBT persons…

Over Half of LGB People Identify as Bisexual: Biweek: 9/16-23

Bisexual Awareness Week or Biweek is celebrated annually in September, culminating on September 23rd, “Celebrate Bisexuality Day.”  In a recent Gallup poll, 54.6% of LGBT adults identify as bisexual yet in the LGB population, they are probably the most misunderstood. Did you know that: Almost 1/2 of bisexual youth seriously considered suicide in the past…

Sexual Health Awareness Month Reminds Us Of Our Gaps in Knowledge

Yearly, throughout the month of September, American Sexual Health Association offers expanded sexual health resources including podcasts, fact sheets and other online resources. Within this month is Bisexual Awareness Week (September 16-23rd).  Bisexuals make up the largest portion of  the LGBTQ+ community (40% of American) according to the Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) in Boston. The…

6 years after transgender student sued his county School Board, “Bathroom Bills” are still not Solved. But Charlotte, N.C. City Council recently passed a non-discrimination ordinance that protects LGBTQ Residents.

Last week, Charlotte, N.C.’s  City Council passed a non-discrimination ordinance that gives more rights than federal laws that protect LGBT people:  the Federal law applies to employers with fifteen or fewer employees, but Charlotte’s measure is more far-reaching and applies to all employers in the city, even if they have less than fifteen workers. The…

PORN Should Not Be An Educational Resource for Adolescents

Parents and Schools Get An F in Sex Education According to sex researcher, Megan Maas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State, college kids are having less sex, but spending more time looking at online porn.  In her work, Dr. Maas collects surveys and focus group data from adolescents on…