If your happiness is dependent on an outside source, person or event, you are destined for heartache and misery. Happiness and joy emanate from within, you are responsible for your own happiness. As kids, we come into this world with a naive innocence, some of us. We play openly without fear of judgement, we talk [...]
Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.
Steps are being taken around the world to tear down the walls of the heteronormative patriarchy, but make no mistake, there is a long way to go.
As humans, we gravitate to putting meaning to things and events. This often translates into using symbols for those things. Symbols can give us direction and meaning, hope and belief, and inspiration and courage. But can also get mired in their meaning and stuck in a time where their relevance may be lost? Can we, [...]
"Using “queer” is a way of reminding us how we are perceived by the rest of the world.”
n the south, we have a saying, “we don't hide crazy, we parade it out on the front porch and give it a sweet tea.”
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.” -John F. Kennedy This quote is deep, especially with what we are starting to see take shape in our country. The meaning is clear, if you take away the rights of the people to protest against the injustices they see, you only enable them to [...]
No LGBTQ person should have to fear being denied access to needed healthcare because of who they are. Just as it is important that we have access to see our spouses in the hospital. Healthcare is important for our quality of life, as much as it is for our survival. The Hippocratic Oath says that doctors are supposed to treat the sick to the best of their abilities. LGBTQ people deserve the same access to healthcare as our heterosexual counterparts. No one should have to feel shame or fear when they need to see a doctor. Because of this fear, many of the contributing factors to our well-being have not been fully documented. This can cause misleading statistics about how environmental and psychosocial stressors affect our well-being. We need more information on how LGBTQ health disparities affect our overall health and well-being. We need healthcare providers that will treat us as people and not our sexual orientation or gender identity.
September 24, 1991, marked the day when the music world changed. The rumblings of this event started four years earlier in Aberdeen, Washington. Gen Xers witnessed a phenomenon grow and become the mindset of that generation. I fully remember this day. It was eight months before I would graduate high school. I had only started [...]
At 17, he was removed from his home and community. He was sent, by his parents, to an ex-gay religious counselor. He was not allowed to visit his parents and to this day, his extended family and community do not know why he “left.”