The first time I heard about stimulant abuse, I was in middle school. According to rumors, our vice principal had been caught stealing a kid’s Ritalin from the nurse’s office and, seemingly overnight, he became a pariah in our small community.
When Aya Mouallem took her first software engineering class, she had a rude awakening: she wasn’t exactly welcome.
I want to share some of the mistakes that I’ve made, because I’m hopeful that other loved ones can learn from my experiences, and in doing so, they can offer the kind of support that chronically ill folks truly deserve — support that is unconditionally affirming.
It takes guts to chase your dreams. But for Shaunelle Chester, it can take a whole lot more than that to reach them. Her dreams took her from her home in London all the way to Newark, New Jersey, when she was just 19 years old to pursue a career in marketing. That leap of faith was only the beginning, though — to succeed, it would take hard work.
Imagine waking up to smoke filling your room. What would you do? The answer might seem obvious at first — you’d look for the nearest exit. But it’s not always that simple.
Dear Mom: You’ve often joked that kids don’t come with instruction manuals... It sure would’ve been nice if they did, though, because nothing really prepared you for having a transgender kid. Let’s face it: nothing about the suburbs of Michigan screams “pride parade.” So it doesn’t surprise me that when I came out as transgender three years ago, you were overwhelmed.
If you met Rachel Crandall-Crocker today, it would be hard to believe there was a time when this outspoken transgender activist was afraid to raise her voice. But in 1966, eight-year-old Rachel was terrified to speak her truth. That’s because, even at a young age, Rachel understood that coming out as transgender could be dangerous.
When Kevin Steen left for work on an October morning in 2013, he received a flurry of urgent texts from his friend Mohammad. Mohammad’s life was in danger: he had been outed as gay to his family, brutally beaten by his father, and was fleeing for his life.
So if you’re not going to therapy or living life to become happy, what’s the point? I started asking the same thing. And what I learned along the way kind of blew my mind wide open.
When Grace Kim was suicidal, she was faced with a choice: She could end her life, or she could give herself one more chance to truly live.
The reality is that sex trafficking doesn’t just happen in faraway places. In fact, young people are sexually exploited — forced to perform sexual acts for money or other resources like food, shelter, or support — in every state in the U.S. This even includes sex trafficking of youth under the age of 18. The reality is, though, that we aren’t always quick to recognize it.
A few months ago, on a clear December day in Paris, France, Jes Baker was standing before a crowd as the city's guest of honor, wearing a shimmering gold dress and a beaming smile.
"La grossophobie, c'est ... bullshit," she told them. As a fat activist and prominent body image author, she doesn't mince words, even in front of an audience that included the deputy mayor of Paris: Fatphobia is bullshit.
Trans people face an extraordinary risk for suicide — but if they fear disclosing their mental health struggles, they are likely to suffer in silence. This puts their lives in danger.
“We have this tool that we were withholding from this vulnerable population,” he says. But harm reduction isn’t always the first line of defense when it comes to public health, especially for those who believe in a more punitive approach to substance abuse. Tookes knew that the idea of providing drug users with needles would be a tough sell, but he was determined.
As it turns out, this is a documented phenomenon — psychologist Shirley Vandersteen actually writes about the pleaser/controller relationship archetype at length. If you’re a people-pleaser like me, it might sound more than a little familiar. Reading this, I was pretty convinced that Vandersteen must’ve met all of the ex-boyfriends I’ve had since age fifteen. Yikes.