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Pride Month

How Much Pride Is Enough? A Straight Mother Marches, Her Gay Son Doesn’t

June is usually thought of as LGBT+ PRIDE month.  It’s an opportunity for the LGBT population to relish in their accomplishments over the years for acceptance, solidarity, community, and a…

GLSEN Day of (No) Silence

Quiet! It’s GLSEN’s Annual Day of Silence April 12,2024

What is GLSEN? GLSEN is the Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network.  Its purpose is to ensure safe schools for LGBT+ students so they receive an education free of harassment and…

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Too Many Suicides of Transgender Youth

A “nonbinary” sixteen- year-old walks into a girls’ bathroom in Oklahoma. Not just any bathroom, but that which this transgender student at Owasso High School student identifies with.  Dagny “Nex”…

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STIs are on the Rise: What You & Your Child Should Know!

According to the Centers for Disease Control, all STIs (sexually transmitted infections) have dramatically increased in 2023.  Syphilis cases (all stages and congenital syphilis) have increased 80% in the past…

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Why Is Religion within the Same Denomination Separating Us?

Churches Continue to Split on Subject of Same-sex Marriage Over seven years ago, January 14, 2016, to be exact, the Anglican Communion suspended its American branch, the Episcopal Church, from…

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Slouching Towards Full Inclusion?

On Monday, December 18, Pope Francis, almost eighty-seven, approved a new rule that allows priests to bless same-sex couples.  But before you yell, “Hurray, Gay Pride has finally arrived at…

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Susan Hope Berland – Personal Coach for Parents of LBGTQ Kids

Greetings! Parents of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning) kids play a crucial role in supporting their children and creating a positive and accepting environment. Here are some key…

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November is Transgender Awareness Month

Every November, the U.S.,as well as other countries, celebrate Transgender Awareness Month to increase understanding of the T (LGBTQ+) population. During this month, communities advocate for transgender rights such as…

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In this Sex-Crazed World, Asexual is a Legitimate Sexual Orientation

A few years ago, I watched a TED Talk about sexual orientation.  A high school female confessed that she’d rather “wash dishes than have sex!”  At first, I thought she…

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Bisexuals Are NOT “Just Sitting on the Fence”

Bisexual  Awareness Week, also known as Biweek, is an annual celebration from September 16-23.  It was founded by GLAAD and BiNet USA. Why?  So allies and people learn about the…

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The Reasons Behind Higher Suicide Rate of LGBTQ+ Youth

The Trevor Project Survey, 2023 Reveals the Reasons Imagine you’re at a middle or high school where you are harassed for being non-binary, then you go home, which may not…

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“Don’t Say or Write Gay”

It seems that the achievements of the Stonewall Rebellion in June 1969 and the passage of the same-sex marriage in June 2015 did more for the  advancements of the LGBTQ+…

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Shh! It’s GLSEN’s Annual Day of Silence

Did you know that: 82% of LGBTQ + students experienced 1st hand harassment or bullying in their school. 71% of students reported that their classrooms did NOT include any LGBTQ+topics.…

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Audre Lorde: Black lesbian feminist poet activist. (1934-1992). Women’s History Month

In my last blog, I wrote about Jeanne Manford, a gay rights activist, straight mother and school teacher in New York.  It’s important that you educate your LGBT children so…

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One Who Led The Fight For Gay Rights: Jeanne Manford

March is Women’s History Month.  Gay children should know who paved the way for them when homosexuality wasn’t accepted in the 1970’s.  One hero worth talking about was a school…