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Pride Still Matters

Posted on June 17, 2019 at 12:25 AM

June is LGBTQIA Pride Month; many communities are hosting festivals, parades, and celebrations. In my own experience, I have seen awareness and acceptance of Pride come a long way. Some will be attending their first Pride this year; others have been attending for years. Some will be getting tested for HIV at mobile outreach vans for the first time or the fiftieth. Pride is a time for connecting with community, finding resources, celebrating progress and looking ahead. Pride still matters for many reasons:

Because inequality still exists

Because homophobia, tranphobia, racism, and mysogeny are still sanctioned

Because the struggle is not over

Below are some takes on the importance on Pride:

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/why-pride-matters_b_3783964

https://www.nycpride.org/about/

https://www.metro.news/why-pride-matters/1130928/

Women and HIV

Posted on June 2, 2019 at 11:20 AM

According to the Office of Women's Health, 1 in 4 people living with HIV is a cis gender female. The needs of cis gender women and girls differ from other patient populations and require special attention. The Office of Women's Health provides a wealth of resources related to cis gender women and HIV care, as well as a number of other health related topics. Spend a moment to look through this great resource; maybe even share with friends and family:

https://www.womenshealth.gov/hiv-and-aids

Stonewall turns 50!

Posted on May 27, 2019 at 11:40 AM

The anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising will be June 28th this year. On this date in 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village, a common practice in the 1950s and 1960s. This time, though, residents fought back. Riots ensued, and the beginning of the gay rights movement began.

This video provides some historical context about the struggle. This video contains images and language that may trigger strong emotions. Please consider this a trigger warning before viewing:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/stonewall/#part01

Read more on SAGE:

https://www.sageusa.org/stonewall-50/


May is Mental Health Month

Posted on May 18, 2019 at 6:45 PM

May is National Mental Health Month. It's a great time to learn more about mental health, begin conversations with friends and family, and advocate for increased awareness and decreased stigma.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness provides a wealth of resources. It's a great site to visit and to share with others:

https://www.nami.org/About-NAMI

Start Here provides local resources addressing a variety of needs in the St. Louis region:

https://www.startherestl.org/

This month, take a moment to reach out, connect with others, and maybe even learn a bit about the topic of mental health. Let's all make May the start of an important converstaion.

Pride is Coming!

Posted on April 29, 2019 at 8:15 PM

Pride is Just Around the Corrner! June is a time to celebrate LGBTQIA rights, march in solidarity, and plan for the future! Check out the events happening around St. Louis:

https://www.pridestl.org/pridefest

https://www.towergrovepride.com/

https://www.pridestcharles.org/

https://www.stlmetrotrans.com/2017/05/kick-off-pride-month-with-us/

LGBTQIA+ Holidays May 2019

Posted on April 29, 2019 at 7:55 PM

Celebrate International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

What: Started in 2009, this international petition seeks to increase awareness of and garner support for LGBTQIA+rights.

When: May 17, 2019. May 17th was chosen because homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO) on this date in 1990.

Harvey Milk Day

What: Holiday celebrating gay rights activist Harvey Milk

When: May 22, 2019

Read all about Harvey Milk Day and get some ideas for celebrating!:

https://nationaltoday.com/harvey-milk-day/


New Group Starting in June

Posted on April 29, 2019 at 7:45 PM

Far from being selfish, practicing good self care is vital to living a healthy and fulfilled life. This six week group will address: developing a self care practice, improving self esteem. self compassion, stress management and increasing self awareness. This group will give you the basics for beginning important habits that can last a lifetime. Treat yourself this summer!Gift certificates (non refundable) may also be purchased. Become Your Best Self will begin in June.Space is limited; please contact me directly if interested.

Recommended Reading

Posted on November 10, 2018 at 7:55 PM

Below are some of my favorite books and blogs. Please feel free to share yours by getting in touch with me!

Tiny Buddha:

https://tinybuddha.com/books-and-things/

One of my favorite authors, Parker Palmer, on depression and on getting in touch with your authentic self:

http://letyourlifespeak.com/

You can take days or years to read this book. This is also a wonderful book to revisit:

https://shop.chopra.com/the-seven-spiritual-laws-of-success-pocket-size-softcover.html

Probably my favorite book on tapping into the creative process:

https://www.elizabethgilbert.com/books/big-magic/

Great, unflinching book about resilience:

https://www.amazon.com/This-How-Surviving-What-Think/dp/1250032105

Anything by David Sedaris--literally anything

Don't Feed the Monkey Mind is a good book on anxiety, meant to be accessible to non-clinicians:

https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Feed-Monkey-Mind-Anxiety/dp/1626255067

November Events

Posted on November 3, 2018 at 7:15 PM

Trans Day of Rememebrance

November 20th will mark the nineteenth anniversary of Transgender Day of Rememberance's founding. TDOR, began by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith, began as a way to honor Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. It has become an annual observance to remember those who have died as a result of transpobic violence, to strengthen community, raise awareness and promote education.For more information visit:

https://www.glaad.org/tdor

Transgender Spectrum Conference 2018

Get informed, get engaged, make connections! UMSL is hosting the 2018 Transgender Spectrum Conference November 9-10.This year's event will focus on advocacy and inclusion, as reflected in its slogan: "Nothing About Us Without Us." For more nformation, visit:

https://www.umsl.edu/transgenderspectrum/index.html

Pride St. Charles

Dana Goldberg Live! on November 9th at the Sheldon. Should be a fun night with proceeds benefiting Pride St. Charles:

https://www.pridestcharles.org/events-programs

Check out some or all!

Support Groups and Resources

Posted on October 3, 2018 at 9:20 PM

Whether you're looking for a support group or want to see what resources are available in St. Louis for the LGBTQIA+ community, Children's Hospital has comprised this super useful handout. While it's not comprehensive, it is a great place to start. Have a look!

https://www.stlouischildrens.org/sites/default/files/health_resources/familyresource/files/LGBT%20Resources%20and%20Support%20Groups_0.pdf


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