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.
The Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit is an amazing conference that is held annually in a different Texas collage or university. This year the conference is being held at Stephen F. Austin University on June 9th and 10th!
The conference is open to everyone and I encourage you to check out their website.
It can be extremely challenging for queer youth who do not see themselves represented in media. I found this book in a used book store a while ago and It is such a great story of Thom, who is gay, and has special powers and is accepted into a league of superheros.
Being able to see yourself reflected in media like television, movies, and books goes a long way to self acceptance and societal change.
The Central Texas Transgender Health Coalition is an amazing organization based out of Austin, Texas. The organization is dedicated to advocacy and education for the transgender and gender non-binary communities. The organization consist of community members, mental health professionals, medical doctors, non-profits members, and many more!
CTTHC will be holding their first conference and health fair this coming September! Check out their website for more information!
Going to a health professional as a member of the Queer community can be emotionally and mentally taxing. Many people have to spend more time in their appointment trying to educate the professional than receiving good, quality, healthcare.
The special projects group of the University of Texas at Austin's Law School is offering their pro bono service "Trans Name and Gender Marker Change Project" again this month! The information is posted below and all links will send you to the programs Facebook page which is full of Q&A from the community and the people involved!
Please click on the image below to be taken to their Facebook page!
It’s that time of year where the pumpkin spice runs out, the candy comas are over and talks of turkey, gravy, and scents of peppermint are in the air. Thanksgiving is next week and this is the “official” start to the holiday season.
I’m not sure who decided that Thanksgiving was the start of the season, but mine always begins on November 1st, or what I like to call, “National Discount Candy Day!”
The holidays are difficult for most people, even if you don’t celebrate any between October and January. For Trans and LGBQ+ individuals the holidays can be a time of great anxiety, stress, and depression for many reasons.
I've spoken with many of my clients and their parents since the election on Tuesday. Many of them share common thoughts and feelings concerning the results and what they mean for the future. I have sat and processed with them and I have found myself repeating the same thing to many of them,
"Like many others you feel scared and that's okay, but it is very important that you always remember that you are strong, you are worthy, and you are not alone."
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.