July 9, 2020

They call me dad and so can you! This is to all the transgender kids and adults who have been coming here that I did not see. Please forgive me. We will get back to each other in a moment. But before I go any further I need you to know that I love you and you matter. Thank you for being here. When I survived my suicide attempt last year everything changed for me. Then everything changed for the world. Writing… Read more

April 26, 2020

Who could handle a crisis in this nation better? President Trump or President Camacho? In one corner, we have the very real 45th president of the United States of America, President Donald John Trump. In the other, we have the fictitious future president of 2505, Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho. Let’s compare them. Most readers already know who Trump is. Not everyone may know about President Camacho, played by actor Terry Crews. President Camacho is a character in the 2006… Read more

February 23, 2020

“Not voting is not a protest. It is a surrender.” These words were said by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. Ellison doesn’t surrender. He overcame an incumbent Republican candidate and moderate Democrats. He became the first African American Muslim elected to statewide office in Minnesota. Voting Matters. Thomas Jefferson once said, “We do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” If we do not participate then we surrender. My transgender teen’s rights, safety and… Read more

February 20, 2020

Let’s start this from the happy ending. My child fought their own battle at their University and won. This was their fight and not mine. My kid won! Every battle we have fought together for equality we have won. We took the hits but not the fall. Set backs and hurdles have never been in short supply, but we won. A professor at the University refused to use my child’s pronouns and names. The professor claimed, falsely, that her hands… Read more

December 13, 2019

The countenance of hate and anger was clear on the man’s face wearing a Fox News hoodie. Sometimes his upper lip would twitch into almost a snarl. His gaze did not leave me the entire time we were on the bus. My child asked me if I was safe. I honestly didn’t know the answer to that question. A few days ago I was in the Chicago Loop to have lunch with a friend and seek job opportunities. To get… Read more

December 10, 2019

I looked at my therapist across the table last week and asked when we get to the complex trauma stuff. She told me much later because I don’t feel safe around her yet. That safety takes time to establish. During the course of this last week I realized an unfortunate truth. I never feel safe. I have not felt safe since I was nine years old. Forty years now the amygdala has been in almost constant fight or flight mode…. Read more

December 4, 2019

I tried to commit suicide recently. Two weeks prior to that I had called the suicide hotline with two bottles of pills and Fireball whiskey on my table in front of me. An agent on the phone skillfully talked me down from the ledge. Two weeks later, over 1,000 mg of prescription medication would be downed with a deadly Fireball chaser. I could no longer stand how I was anymore and the center could not hold. Feeling myself to be some… Read more

November 3, 2019

The term ally is growing in popularity. It is often associated with those who support LGBTQ+ people and issues. It is also associated with other groups. There are many who claim to be allies that those who they say they support don’t feel they are allies. Who gets to decide who is an ally and who is not? In October, CNN anchor Chis Cuomo self proclaimed himself an ally in the midst of an apology to the transgender community. Cuomo… Read more

November 2, 2019

There are often stories in the news about the impact that lack of acceptance has on transgender children. We read of the direct harm and deadly impact on these children. There are things that self proclaimed accepting parents do that also hurt transgender children. After doing a feature story where I used a panel of transgender youth, I have been in communication with that initial panel. That group has expanded. As the term “Mama Bears” has become more popular on… Read more

August 20, 2019

Author Today’s Column is written by: ANNABELLE LAROUSSE You Can’t Get There from Here: As we go through life, we learn little lessons here and there. That is to say, hopefully we do. It would be a sad state of affairs if we went out of this life as ignorant as when we came into it. But those lessons we do learn, often we learn them in unexpected circumstances. Life has a way of placing us in rather odd classrooms… Read more

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