Transgender Identity: Hearts not Parts!

I have been treating gender variant and queer clients since the days of the Harry Benjamin Society, now called WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health).  I can’t recall anything as disturbing to support transgender health as a nation than what occurred this week.  Here is the WPATH position statement: For Immediate Release East Dundee, … Read more

Transgender Day of Remembrance

  Transgender Day of Remembrance has occurred annually on November 20, since 1999.  It is a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia and to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community. Now more than ever, we need to embrace diversity.  As I write this … Read more

Today in History

It is not lost on me that this event occurred the same year I was born… Frank Kameny Fired From Government Job for Being Gay: 1957. Frank Kameny was a World War II veteran and Harvard-trained astronomer working for the Army Map Service. In Eric Marcus’s compendium of oral histories, Making History, Kameny described the … Read more

Remembering the 22: Help Prevent Suicide on this Thanksgiving

22 Veterans commit suicide each day.  That statistic simply brings tears to my eyes.  Whether you are a veteran, a sexual minority, gender variant, LGBT youth, or anyone in pain; here is a list of local and national resources and support lines to help you. National Suicide Prevention Hot Line: 800.273.8255 is available to anyone. … Read more

Seeking LGBT Family Study Participants…

Please see below from a former student, Rachel Gall: I am a DFI alum and a current doctoral candidate at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). I am currently working on my dissertation, where I am researching the experiences of families with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Queer (LGBQ) parents and their elementary school-aged children.   … Read more


I frequently work with people who are trying to make sense of their sexual orientation.  For some people it can be confusing and cause great stress on their intimate relationships.  For others it can be uncomfortable because they don’t feel like they fit in with either the gay community or the straight community. Others still, … Read more