Category Archives: Overcoming “isms”

Breakthrough for Intersex Rights

Finally, the mystery, intrigue and, in fact, shame that has historically been associated with what is now known as “intersex” is beginning to come out of the closet.  Recently a milestone in this important shift happened recently when Sara Kelly … Continue reading

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Is Your School of Nursing a SafeZone?

Walking through the Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Nursing I noticed over a dozen square stickers outside faculty doors saying, “SafeZone for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally” in rainbow letters. As a nursing student at LSU, I was thrilled … Continue reading

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The Importance of “Mirrors”

Years ago, I attended a concert of a prominent lesbian musician from Canada.  I was an instructor of nursing in a major university, and actively involved in the lesbian community as well.  There were about 400 people there – mostly … Continue reading

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Name that “ism”

Changing the Game in Reporting of Health Disparities Many of us were drawn to health careers because we wanted to improve the lives of people in our communities. Our social justice orientations keep us engaged and fighting for the nation’s … Continue reading

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Let’s Just Be Real. Let’s Be Ourselves

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post. I have been told that I “keep my cards close to my chest”, which I assume means that I don’t reveal a lot about myself – I withhold myself or … Continue reading

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