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

August 12, 2019

After accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his jail cell conspiracy theories have been in abundance. As I see progressives go into conspiracy theories akin to conservatives, Nietzsche’s quote rings true. “Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster…for when you gaze long into the Abyss. The abyss gazed also into you.” A Rational Response On Jeffery Epstein’s Death Epstein’s death demands an investigation. An autopsy has been completed and we are awaiting… Read more

August 6, 2019

In the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, President Trump made statements. Trump has made it clear there is no place for hate so he is holding immigrants, people with mental illness, journalists, and video games accountable. Journalists On August 5th of 2019, President Trump took to Twitter to state: “The Media has a big responsibility to life and safety in our Country. Fake News has contributed greatly to the anger and rage that… Read more

August 4, 2019

There was another mass shooting on Aug 3rd, 2019. Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick offered his thoughts and prayers. Minutes after that, Rev. Al Sharpton offered thoughts and prayers adding prayers without works is meaningless. This act of violence, the gun control debate, thoughts and prayers are also meaningless. Thoughts and prayers to God have been the American way in the wake of these tragedies for years now. To date, God seems to have done nothing to address the issue. … Read more

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