Category Archives: Social Support

No Home for the Holidays?

Revised December 16, 2016 The holidays present particular challenges for many LGBTQ people, particularly the many who have no home for the one holiday during the year when almost everything in the U.S. and many other countries are completely closed. … Continue reading

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National Coming Out Day – October 11, 2016

Regardless of your personal identity, get ready to celebrate this day openly, with joy and with pride!  By joining a host of others, expressing your support for all people to be free to be who they are, you can make … 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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NSNA (National Student Nurses Association) passes two LGBTQ-related resolutions

Each year representatives among the 60,000 nursing students who belong to the NSNA gather for a convention, and consider a host of resolutions for action pertaining to a wide range of issues.  The 2016 conference was from March 30 – … 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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