This guest blog post is written by Julia Stamman, LPC-Intern. Julia is a counselor who specializes in young adults who identify as geeks, gamers, or misfits.
You may ask yourself:
What if I’m LGBTQ+ AND a geek, and are there others out there like me?
The answer is yes!
There is an intersection between LGBTQ+ folk and geekdom, and it is a growing culture of openness and celebration. For example, the organization Geeks Out serves to promote the LGBTQ+ voice in geek culture. If you’re reading this blog, I’m going to connect you with information and resources out there depending on your question—there are a lot out there!
I hear something very similar from parents and other loved ones of transgender and nonbinary people who come into my office, “I can’t use they/them pronouns, it isn’t how I was taught and I can’t wrap my mind around it.”
Have you ever said or thought anything similar?
If so, it’s okay, you aren’t the first or last person to do so.
I’m here to say with the utmost confidence that even though it can be difficult, you already use the singular they/them language.
Have you seen this adorable new short film called, "In a Heartbeat,", yet? If you haven't take a look below. Once I saw it I knew I had to post it on my blog.
Media representation is few and far between for the LGBTQA+ community that when something, especially a cartoon, is released it is important that it is seen.
Imagine growing up and not seeing yourself reflected in movies, TV shows, books, and music. Imagine growing up an only seeing yourself. Lack of diversity in media can lead to feelings of isolation and being "less than." On the flip side only seeing yourself reflected can lead to feelings of superiority and privilege.
Locating a gender therapist in an ocean of psychotherapist’s can be tricky. Knowing what to look for and how to determine fit can also be tricky. Below I have 3 tips (and a bonus tips for parents) on finding a gender therapist.
Using your “Google Foo” skills can come in handy. Below I will review some great resources to use when searching for a gender therapist. When you search a phrase such as, “gender therapists austin,” or “transgender counseling austin,” more than likely the first couple of results will be from Psychology Today.
Psychology Today is a great tool to use for locating psychotherapists in your area. When searching Psychology Today begin by using your zip code or city.
Another local, and amazing, Gender Therapist, Lindsay Legé has created an amazing podcast which focuses on all things transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, intersex, and some things sexuality!
I was asked by Lindsay to be interviewed for the podcast which I did, even though I was very nervous. You would think that speaking in a microphone would be more comfortable for me than speaking in front of people, nope, not the case for little old me.
I am very excited to announce that Ryan Dillon Counseling is now Pride Austin Counseling! To celebrate I have opened 8 new sliding scale spots available on evenings and weekends!
Most people love watching TV shows, movies, reading books, and/or looking at art depicting the life of others. These stories can invoke a range of feelings inside of us because we connect with them in some way. Our personal stories are extremely powerful and hold so much significance in our lives.
I have been reading a lot lately due to my goal of building a lending library for my client's and their families. I am currently reading "If We Shadows" by D.E. Atwood. This young adult fiction has kept me entertained with the story of Jordan, a trans boy who just wants to live his last year of high school as himself and be known for his acting and singing abilities rather than his gender. The story is nicely written and becomes more complex as Shakespeare's Puck makes an apperance.
Oh yes, the loveable and infamous fairy is a major theme in the book, if you didnt guess that already due to the title.
"Alex as Well" by Alyssa Brugman is a fiction book about Alex, a girl who is on a journey to discover her true self in a world that tells her she a boy.
Almost every other Sunday I teach comprehensive sex education to middle school age children with two other amazing sex educators. This information is extremely important especially in a state that only teaches limited abstinence "education" to children and teenagers. For more information visit the website!
About my Blog
I love providing people with information. So in my blog you will find posts on topics such as: community resources, media suggestions, parenting questions, and informational posts.