They've been my friends growing up, my coworkers, my castmates, my teachers, directors, managers, social justice advocates, and fellow church-goers.
It isn't easy living in a society that oppresses you because of a core tenet of your identity and humanity -- the part that relates to and finds meaningful relationships with others. So it makes sense that you might be feeling alone, unworthy, and terrible. It also makes sense that you sometimes get hurt trying to find that place where you belong or that relationship where you feel worthy. And it isn't at all fair having to think about and consciously confront a part of yourself when others don't seem to need to. I get that part.
As a LGBTQ therapist with a background in social justice activism, public health and justice reform advocacy, arts and entertainment, and non-profit recruiting, canvassing, and volunteering in and around Los Angeles and its known LGBT-friendly areas, I have a breadth of experience (professional and personal) working with and advocating for the LGBT community at the community health and social levels. I've seen the toxicity of alienation, shame, and social expectations and how it can lead people down rough roads. And I'm here to help make that road less rough.