Yesterday I had the chance to attend not one, but two workshops facilitated by Julie Tilsen at San Diego State University. The first one was on Feedback Informed Treatment which I plan to implement at the California Family Institute. I believe FIT provides a path for those that want to work narratively/collaboratively in a world that is requiring the use of words like evidence based practice. The second workshop was on Working With Queer Youth and was held at SD State's community clinic. It was a great time and I had the opportunity to have dinner with Julie and Gerald afterword which was an education in itself. Great conversations. A pic of Gerald and Julie follows:
“I am a wind-swayed bridge, a crossroads inhabited by whirlwinds. Gloria, the facilitator, Gloria, the mediator, straddling the walls between abysses. “Your allegiance is to La Raza, the Chicano movement,” say the members of my race. “Your allegiance is to the Third World,” say my Black and Asian friends. “Your allegiance is to your gender, to women,” say the feminists. Then there’s my allegiance to the Gay movement, to the socialist revolution, to the New Age, to magic and the occult. And there’s my affinity to literature, to the world of the artist. What am I? A third world lesbian feminist with Marxist and mystic leanings. They would chop me up into little fragments and tag each piece with a label.”
Tonight I had the opportunity to invite a few friends into the classroom. First was my friend Brooklyn representing the Center Orange County. Brooklyn presented on various issues effecting the LGBT community and the services offered by the Center. The class had a lot of questions for Brooklyn and a lot of experiences were shared. Next up friends Jamie and Alicia came in to share their coming out stories and talk about their relationship. It was a great night. I forgot to get a pic of Brooklyn but here is Jamie and Alicia in action:
Earlier this year I was appointed to the City of Huntington Beach's Human Relations Task Force by our city council. I wasn't quite sure what to expect but was interested in furthering the mission of promoting/celebrating diversity in the community and tracking and responding to hate crimes in the city. Today I had the privilege of attending the convening of the California Association of Human Relations Organizations at OC Human Relations to get together with other human relations organizations in Southern California and discuss the successes and challenges of our respective organizations. It was really an amazing experience to spend time with a dedicated group of individuals brainstorming new programs and talking about the challenges we face. I mean, where else can you hear about pilot programs that are bringing restorative justice programs to high schools to combat push-out of students of color, or the HR/community efforts after the deadly beating of Kelly Thomas by Fullerton Police. I left the meeting feeling really fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of these efforts. I can't wait for the next meeting. Enjoy a pic of some of the topics from today..
Bullying and suicides of gay and lesbian teenagers are in the headlines, the military's “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy has been repealed, and the debate over same-sex marriage continues to divide the country. Against this backdrop, many L.G.B.T. youth wonder how accepting society will be...Read More Here