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.
"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.
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!
A teenage client of mine recently told me that I should read this book. The story is of a trans boy wanting to spend his last year in high school as his true self. However, he would rather be known for his acting and musical abilities instead of his gender identity.
Of course, with a name like, If We Shadows, the infamous Puck does make an appearance. It is a funny, dramatic, and heart warming story.
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.