The War on Transgender Kids

Republicans across the country are currently legislating to make various treatments for transgender children illegal, even though those treatments are supported by medical professionals, to include the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Endocrine Society, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, the Pediatric Endocrine Society, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,  and the NASW (Simon, 2021; NASW, 2022). Just in the past several years over half of the U.S. state legislatures have considered laws that limit the rights and freedoms of transgender children – even the right to receive medically necessary affirming care. 

Interview with Students Alex, Sienna, & Jasmine, Part 2

In the second part of my interview with LGBTQ+ students Alex, a transgender male, Sienna, a pansexual female, and Jasmine, a bisexual female, we talk more about school culture and things educators can do to support their students, and the effects of the Covid pandemic and Florida’s new Don’t Say Gay law on the LGBTQ student population.

Interview with GSA Sponsor Kaley Georgelis

In this podcast, I interview the sponsor of Merritt Island High School’s GSA, Kaley Georgelis. We talk about the impact Florida’s new Don’t Say Gay law is having on students, the importance of a supportive administration (which MIHS definitely has), and actions that have made her school safer and more affirming.

National Transgender Day of Visibility in the News

Yesterday, March 31, 2022, was the National Transgender Day of Visibility. In this podcast, I summarize some of the anti-transgender legislation currently being enacted in our country, as well as legal battles fighting that legislation, and I share some of the comments released by the Biden-Harris Administration on the need to support transgender Americans.

Interview with Bells, a 16-year-old Queer, Asexual, and Gender-Fluid Advocate

In this podcast, I speak with Bells Ross, a 16-year old queer, asexual, and gender-fluid advocate. They talk about their journey, their school climate, and what the future holds.

What Keeps Me Up at Night: 3:30 This Morning

This morning I couldn’t sleep. I was up, at 3:30 am, thinking about the students I’ve spoken with in my podcasts, thinking about how many adults – adults who are charged with keeping students safe – are letting those students down. These were my thoughts.

Interview with Bisexual 9th Grader Nafeeza

In this episode, I speak with Nafeeza, a bisexual 9th grader who participated in two protests of Florida’s Don’t Say Gay bill – one of which she organized. Nafeeza bravely talks about bullying she has experienced, including being told to die, and the lack of response from her administration.