Empathy and Mental Health

Today’s blogging prompt is about empathy, but I’m going to go a slightly different direction. I think one of the most tangible tools to cope with a bout of depression, anxiety or other symptoms is empathy. Empathy is simply the capacity to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and feel the kinship, the shared perspective.
Category: Health

UPDATED: PA State House Candidate Throws Down the Anti-Trans Card

In a move not surprising but still ugly, the PA Family Council sent out campaign literature for candidate for State House Jason Ortitay distorting HB 300 to paint his opponent, incumbent Rep Jesse White, as a threat to civilized society. White represents the 46th House District which includes portions of both Allegheny and Washington counties.
Category: Activism

Whatever Happened to Alex Libby from the Movie Bully

  Today, October 16, is Spirit Day, founded in 2010 for people to show their support for LGBTQ youth. I happened upon something quite relevant – an update on Alex Libby, the young man portrayed with such empathy in the original movie. In 2013, Anderson Cooper and CNN put together a followup on several of
Category: Activism

The Paul Lynde Halloween Special is a Must Watch

Like most people, I love a good holiday special. Last year, I discovered this gem – the Paul Lynde Halloween Special from 1976. Special music guest was KISS. I am not kidding. Pinky Tuscadero, Margaret Hamilton and  Tim Conway got top billing over KISS. You have to watch this because it is a hoot.
Category: Culture

Cox: Documentary shows ‘amazing … courageous’ trans youth

Being a feminist and being a supporter of transgender rights aren’t mutually exclusive conditions, says actress and activist Laverne Cox. In fact, she says, both groups have a vested interest in dismantling patriarchy. Cox, one of the stars of Netflix’s hit drama “Orange is the New Black,” says the wider LGBTQ movement also needs to
Category: Culture

I Went to a Pumpkin Patch and Back Into the Closet

It happened again. Ledcat and I ventured out to a local venue where we found ourselves donning the veil of discretion we know so intimately. The tacit agreement to not hold hands, not use endearments, not draw attention. It is a traveling closet that one uses when necessary. How on earth, you might ask, does
Category: Activism

Giveaway: Annie Lennox New Album ‘Nostalgia’

Enter to win Nostalgia from Annie Lennox! NOSTALGIA the new album from the legendary ANNIE LENNOX Featuring fresh takes on iconic American compositions including “I Put A Spell On You” and “God Bless The Child” Available October 21! iTunes – http://po.st/NostalgiaiTunes Amazon – http://po.st/NostalgiaAmazon Annie’s Store – http://po.st/eS6Hcg Nostalgia Track Listing 1. Memphis In June
Category: Reviews, Interviews, Giveaways

Report Details Homelessness Among LGBTQ Youth in Allegheny County

A report released by the Allegheny County Department of Human Services ‘I’ll never get used to it: Young People Living on the Street’ confirms that at least one-third of the number of homeless youth (ages 18-24) in our region are LGBTQ and most say a lack of family support is why they are not living
Category: Activism