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The Best of 2018 Blogs

2018 is almost over and I can’t believe it!  I’ve seen individuals ask for and receive support for the first time, quit a 20 plus year smoking habit, give up drinking, and face their fears-oh did my peeps face their fears! So over the top happy and proud that you committed to achieving your goals, […]

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Teens and Self-Injurious Behavior: What You Need to Know

-Mayah Taylor Self injury is best defined as the act of deliberately destroying body tissue at times to change a way of feeling. Self injury can occur in the absence of any intent to die. Self injury or self injurious behaviors has increased in frequency in adolescents. Teens appear to be the hardest hit population […]

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The Relationship between Self-Injury and Sexual Orientation

-Mayah Taylor, MA For individuals of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex, one can often feel isolated, marginalized, alienated by others, and shamed based upon sexual orientation and gender identity. The emotional roller coaster that individuals of the LGBTQI community can be challenging and also painful. This in turn can lead to struggles […]

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LGBTQ Spotlight: Coming Out to Others

-Mayah Taylor, MA Last week we shared with you insight into what it is like for an LGBTQ individual to be thinking about coming out. We shared with you the challenges, the risks, and all that can affect a person who is making the complex choice of whether to come out to others. This is […]

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Thinking of Coming Out?

-Mayah Taylor, MA Coming out is a pivotal and momentous moment for an individual in the LGBTQ community. It is  also noted that coming out is not just one single moment or event. It’s actually lifelong and marked by multiple moments of coming out. It is a process that involves understanding, accepting, and valuing your […]

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From Shame To Pride: Celebrating Freedom and Love

-Mayah Taylor, MA Gay Pride The feeling of shame is a common emotion experienced among members of the LGBTQ community. It’s the most common emotion struggled with next to guilt. Shame is feeling bad about who you are. The toxic emotion of shame prevents those who experience the emotion from feeling pride about who they […]

Coming Out: What Parents of LGBTQ Teens Can Do

-Mayah Taylor, MA The coming out process is just that… a process. It can be difficult and very emotional for a LGBTQ teen. It should also be known that coming out is not just a single moment where a member of the LGBTQ community is sharing their gender identity or sexual orientation with another person. […]

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10 Things Your LGBTQ Teen Wants You to Know

-Mayah Taylor The adolescent stage in our life cycle is often one of the most challenging stages. Adolescents are faced with the challenges of figuring out where they fit in, dealing with changes in their body and emotions, becoming more responsible for themselves and less reliant on their parents, and identifying who they are. Imagine […]