Category: Blog Posts

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Investing in Black Queer & Trans Lives

Give Black trans women flowers while they are alive. @iamjarijones Pride month is ending, but the fight for Black trans & queer lives does not end on July 1. Violence against transgender, gender non-conforming folks, and queer folks, especially Black folks and folks of color, is an epidemic in the United States and globally. Visit the Human Rights Campaign to learn more. Please research … Read More Investing in Black Queer & Trans Lives

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Navigating the Workplace as an LGBTQIA+ Individual

The Supreme Court recently ruled that that “the existing federal ban on workplace discrimination “because of sex” includes discrimination because of a person’s sexual orientation or transgender status.” (a) You can read more about the decision at LambdaLegal.org. Although this is a huge win, LGBTQIA+ folks still face challenges when it comes to navigating their careers. Recent college graduates also face a job market … Read More Navigating the Workplace as an LGBTQIA+ Individual

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Anti-Racist Resources for White and Non-Black Folks

Key Concepts and History To start, it is important to understand some key concepts. Privilege is the inherent advantage you have in society based on your race. Intersectionality, created by Kimberlé Crenshaw, and Black feminism, developed by Black women scholars, are two key frameworks that should be used to understand the intersection of different types of oppression. It is also crucial to learn African-American … Read More Anti-Racist Resources for White and Non-Black Folks

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This Post is for Non-Black Folks

In this post, I will not comment on any specific actions taken in the last week by either protestors or police. We all have our own feelings and thoughts about actions taken in the past week. Whatever you are feeling, I hear you. I understand you may be frustrated or hurt. I empathize with you and encourage you to explore this. I am someone … Read More This Post is for Non-Black Folks

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COVID-19 Resources

Affirmations A recent post by Araya Baker, an activist-therapist, inspired me to write a post to provide support for those in my network who are struggling during this time. Araya posted a beautiful list of affirmations that can help people, especially marginalized folks, remain hopeful amid COVID-19. Read Araya’s post here. I hope that Araya’s affirmations, as well as the resources I link below, … Read More COVID-19 Resources

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Memories of My Grandmother

My grandmother, Joan Carolyn Shuda, was born on May 1st, 1937. Today would be her birthday. She passed away on January 8, 2009 when she was 71 and I was in sixth grade. Shortly before I was born, she underwent a highly experimental treatment for cancer that saved her life and allowed her to be part of my life for 12 years. I decided … Read More Memories of My Grandmother

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Self-Care as an Essential Employee In a Pandemic

At the end of March, I started working for a major health care organization in their Homeless Services Bureau. I am helping respond to the impact of COVID-19 on Boston’s unhoused population. I wanted to share my thoughts on self-care during this difficult time. So what is my self-care routine? To be blunt, my self-care routine is lacking most days. If I remember to … Read More Self-Care as an Essential Employee In a Pandemic

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A Post for National Coming Out Day

Coming out is very personal. You can face a lot of pressure to come out and to be visible. Don’t come out if it will put you in an unsafe situation. Make sure coming out won’t put you in a position to lose your support system, your housing, or your job. Always make a plan if coming out goes south. We have to take … Read More A Post for National Coming Out Day