Feelings

Feelings

I attended a Women’s Retreat this past week. The retreat is organized and led by two amazing women from Productive Learning. The topic was our relationship to food but it really just used that as a vehicle to connect with whatever what going on and needed addressing....

Then and Now

Then and Now

Today is the anniversary of my dad's death. He died in 1995 and whenever this anniversary comes up, I think about how different things were for him, for me growing up - then and now. My mom had two brothers who were gay and we never talked about it. I know from...

Racism and homophobia

Racism and homophobia

We spent the last few days in Charleston, South Carolina. I didn’t know this, but it is where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. One of the places we visited was the Middleton Plantation. It’s a beautiful house with beautiful gardens. We toured the house and...

Common reactions

Common reactions

This is a repeat of a blog from some years back and I think it bears repeating.  Your child recently came out to you and your head is reeling. Your emotions are in an upheaval and you’re not sure what to do or where to turn. You feel alone and afraid. You are not...

What do all those terms mean?

What do all those terms mean?

It seems like there’s a new addition to the alphabet soup of LGBTQ every day. Well, not really, but there are so many letters, so many terms. What do all those terms mean? Let’s start with the obvious. LGBTQ-lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning...

Progress

Progress

I remember watching Adam Lambert on American Idol. I strongly suspected he was gay but he didn’t come out until after the show ended. It seemed there was son policy that contestants couldn’t come out while on the show. That has changed. Progress has been made. This...

When you make a mistake

When you make a mistake

What do you do when you make a mistake? Do you let it go or do you berate yourself, tell yourself how stupid it was? That was me for many years. Calling myself stupid was a regular thing. I still do that once in a while but not very often. My latest mistake – I left...

A phase or they’re just wanting to fit in

A phase or they’re just wanting to fit in

When a child first comes out as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, parents often wonder if it’s a phase or they’re just wanting to fit in. I think parents wonder this because they just don’t want it to be true. I didn’t have those thoughts when my son came out but...

What to do if your child is the bully

What to do if your child is the bully

When my kids were young we didn’t use the term bully or talk about being bullied. We did talk about what happened in school and looking back, it was bullying. There was no support and we used the old adage, “Sticks and Stones will break my bones, but words will never...

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