Jessica has lived in London her whole life but currently attends Cambridge University where she studies English Literature. She spoke about Effing Dykes, intersectionality, mental health issues, and much more.
At some moment in your life, you will be in a room with someone who is disclosing to you about their trauma. You are not going to be a counselor, you are going to be just another human in a room.
“As a woman of color who does not fit into Western Eurocentric standards of what is conventionally attractive, every day I step out and love myself is an act of resistance.”
“It would have been nice to share my entire truth with her, but because of the Standards of Care, I didn’t; I feared my story would be seen as diverging from the typical trans* narrative too much.”
Kristen’s Team Pick. And I’m not even exaggerating.
“She acts like she’s such a victim when obviously there was abuse on both sides.” Awkwardly, I shrug my shoulders and look around the room. My partner doesn’t notice how uncomfortable she’s making me because she’s caught up in her own conjectures: “It’s like how we are sometimes.”
Though I lived my life truly believing I had an expiration date, I made the decision that I deserved one last day that would be the best day of my life. I figured I owed it to myself.
If he had read my medical records he would have known that my first psychotic break was exacerbated by my fear that I would never be recognized as a woman.
Don’t bother funding research studies! Everyone’s favorite blowhard has your answers.
“It’s on my twenty-fourth birthday that I realize something is wrong. I wake up crying and I don’t stop.”
“How do I deal with an assault that wasn’t rape? How can I keep from feeling like my assault is being minimized?”
If you’re dealing with all the bullies that life throws at us, including a hurricane named Sandy, here’s a project that might help.
I hope you’re ready to answer some questions! We’ve got location anxiety, general anxiety, feelings about age differences, and should you be offended when someone says you look gay?
Right now, what I want is to be in a dark room with my headphones and closed eyes. This is what I’ll be listening to.
“I called it sexual assault at first. Sexual assault seemed less damning, less permanent.”
“The further away I got, the clearer it became. She had been my first serious girlfriend after a succession of boyfriends, and I was more in love than I had ever been before. But the relationship stretched and accommodated behavior I likely would have never taken from a man.”
Spoiler Alert: They don’t ALL involve sex.
Greta Gleissner is a former Radio City Rockette whose memoir details her career as a professional dancer while struggling with bulimia and coming to terms with her sexuality.
Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus (“The Nanny Diaries”) re-imagine the story of how Britney Spears ended up under her father’s permanent legal control in their new novel.
The Julea Ward Freedom Of Conscience Act says that students of counseling don’t have to provide any services that conflict with their religious beliefs, which can include treating gay clients.
Maybe we need to start an Occupy Bedrooms movement.