Think. Be Smart. It’s Hard to Heal a Wrinkled Heart.

  There are some things you never, ever, forget.   No matter who you are or where you grew up, you can probably think back to a moment in time that someone said something that made you feel…less. Might have been a sibling. That’s a cruel, but understandable part of growing up. Could have been … More Think. Be Smart. It’s Hard to Heal a Wrinkled Heart.

Spirit Day…ENOUGH of the horrific statistics and tragic stories

Today is Spirit Day…no, this is not some new holiday Hallmark created just to sell more $8 cards that play an annoying music loop.  Spirit Day began in 2010 after a string of LGBTQ-youth took their lives due to bullying, which got a lot of media/public attention.  On Spirit Day people are asked to wear … More Spirit Day…ENOUGH of the horrific statistics and tragic stories

Did you really just say that?!

I recently facilitated a Diversity & Inclusion strategic planning session and kicked off the convening with a typical run through of ground-rules/safe-space/brave-space/call-them-what-you-want guidelines.  You likely know the drill… this is where participants are encouraged to use ‘I’ statements, respect confidentiality, step-forward/step-back, etc.  I always ask if participants want to offer any additional suggestions, and on … More Did you really just say that?!

20 Years of Pride: The Evolution of LGBT Rights (Bay State Parent, 7/16)

20 Years of Pride: The Evolution of LGBT Rights By Alexandra Townsend July 2016 The fight for LGBT rights has been prominent for decades. Every day there seems to be a news story about a celebrity coming out, an LGBT teen being discriminated against, or a new piece of legislation that could help or hurt … More 20 Years of Pride: The Evolution of LGBT Rights (Bay State Parent, 7/16)

An interview with Tom Bourdon & Lady Gaga’s mother Cynthia Germanotta (Boston Spirit Magazine, 03/09/16)

An interview in Boston Spirit Magazine with Cynthia Germanotta (Lady Gaga’s mother) & Tom Bourdon discussing their aligned missions of encouraging kindness and bravery to creating safer spaces.   March 09, 2016 by Rob Phelps   How does a parent raise a kid who grows up to be not only one of the most talented … More An interview with Tom Bourdon & Lady Gaga’s mother Cynthia Germanotta (Boston Spirit Magazine, 03/09/16)

Transgender equality still an issue in Mass., the US (Boston Globe, OpEd, 06/08/15)

Transgender equality still an issue in Mass., the US By: Tom Bourdon June 08, 2015 “You steered the Queen Elizabeth in the wrong direction. You landed in Africa instead of London.” That’s what a mental health professional said to a mother when lecturing her on how to properly raise a child. Because she chose to … More Transgender equality still an issue in Mass., the US (Boston Globe, OpEd, 06/08/15)