Molly Hartigan Counseling
  Counseling for Growth and Change

Molly Hartigan Counseling

Click here to edit subtitle

Blog

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 ...

Read Full Post »

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 v...

Read Full Post »

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/

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.o...

Read Full Post »

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

October Events and Calendars

Posted on October 1, 2018 at 7:25 PM

The weather is changing, summer is becoming fall, and there are lots of happenings going on both locally and nationally.

The Pride Center in STL is a designated SAFE Place and condom distribution center, and also a great resource for the LBTQIA+ community. Check out their calendar of events for this month:

https://pridestl.org/community/events#calendar

Looking for something to do "west of the bridge?" Pride St. Charles hosts monthly meetings that might be up your alley:

...
Read Full Post »

Messages We Tell Ourselves

Posted on September 16, 2018 at 12:20 AM

What messages are you holding onto? Which ones would youlike to let go of? Maybe they are messages from your past, from friends, family, or teachers. They might be ones you have grown up with, heard in movies or songs, or read in books. The messages we tell ourselves are important. They can affect our self esteem, and influence how we see ourselves and others. One of the best gifts you can give yourself is the gift of new messages--re-written to help you move forward.

For example, this...

Read Full Post »

Back to School 2018

Posted on August 20, 2018 at 9:30 PM

August marks the return to school for many kids. For those who are are questioning their gender identity or identify as gender variant, their return to school might be accompanied by anxious feelings. How will the school support them? Will friends be accepting? Who might be safe to talk with about how they are feeling?

Transparent (a national trans advocacy organization with St. Louis roots) has compiled resources to help navigate these questions, open dialogues, and support kids, care...

Read Full Post »

Makeovers on a Mission

Posted on August 13, 2018 at 9:10 PM

Whether you are beginning your gender journey, are in the process of transitioning, or just want some ideas to freshen up your look and improve your confidence, Sephora (makeup and skin care boutique) now offers a class specifically tailored to the LGBTQIA+ community taught by trans sensitive instructors. Enrollment is now open at the Sephora in the St. Louis Galleria and the West County Mall.

More info below:

https://www.sephora.com/store-locations-events?tab=classes

https...

Read Full Post »

Celebrating Pride Through The Year

Posted on June 28, 2017 at 6:20 PM

June is one of my favorite months—for many reasons, one of which is that June is national Pride month. This is a month to celebrate the progress of LGBTQ rights, to come together as a community, and to think about the future. Whether you identify as a member or an ally of the LGBTQ community, June is an opportune time to start thinking about advocacy and awareness. Below are some ideas for each month to keep the spirit of Pride going all year long:

Read Full Post »