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  • ASEXUALITY

    • Evelyn O. Pavlova
    Aug 26, 2014
    Yesterday, I watched a documentary about asexuality ("(A)sexual," 2011). As I am committed to furthering my knowledge in LGBTQIA and other areas, I feel the need for more education about asexuality and its place in our society.
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  • SUICIDE AMONG LGBTQ INDIVIDUALS

    • Evelyn O. Pavlova
    Aug 20, 2014
    This week I would like to speak concretely about suicide rates in the U.S., particularly among LGBTQ individuals. I'm not a numbers person, but sometimes it helps me to see numbers in order to more comprehensively grasp an issue at hand. Here are the numbers for suicide that I collected from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Trevor Project, and American Association of Suicidology; the latest data is available for the year 2011):
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  • DYNAMICS WITHIN THE LGBTQIA COMMUNITY

    • Evelyn O. Pavlova
    Aug 07, 2014
    When I entered the LGBTQ community, I naïvely thought that it might be a relatively united front, as the members share the collective pain of sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination and oppression. I wanted to explore the type of world it was and how members dealt with their experiences.
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  • ARE YOU AN ALLY?

    • Evelyn O. Pavlova
    Jul 30, 2014
    Recently, I have been thinking about what it means to be an Ally. My contemplation has been prompted by others' misunderstanding of this notion, which lies in believing that if one supports gay rights or accepts trans people or generally approves of LGBTQIA individuals in our heteronormative and cisnormative society, then one can be considered an Ally. Although one can wish it were the case, support and acceptance are only the first steps. The gist of being an Ally is action.
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  • STANDARDS OF CARE FOR THE HEALTH OF TRANSSEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, AND GENDER-NONCONFORMING PEOPLE, VERSION 7

    • Evelyn O. Pavlova
    Jul 22, 2014
    Standards of Care (SOC) for the World Professional Association for Transgender Health is an important complication for counselors, who work with transsexual, transgender, and/or gender-nonconforming clients. Although many counselors do not specialize in trans* issues, all counselors must be aware of the document and its contents in order to advise the clients and make appropriate referrals.
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  • OUTING OTHERS

    • Evelyn O. Pavlova
    Jul 08, 2014
    The topic of outing others (i.e., sexual orientation, gender identity, or even an HIV status) is quite subtle. So far, I have not seen it being discussed anywhere in literature or academic settings, but I have witnessed such discussions in my personal life. I find it important to raise the subject, because we are not taught or trained to be aware in this area and, often, we learn through mistakes. But, perhaps, we can avoid some of them in the future.
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  • COMING OUT - Pt. 2

    • Evelyn O. Pavlova
    Jun 23, 2014
    In Coming Out, Pt.1 of my blog entry I was talking about the definition of coming out and the nature of the process. In the second part, I would like to mention the stages of coming out, as well as positive and negative consequences for counselors to consider, when they work with LGBTQIA clients.
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  • Coming Out - Pt.1

    • Evelyn O. Pavlova
    Jun 02, 2014
    When I think about a coming out process for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, it is associated with courage, freedom, strength, challenge, expansion, and gain, as well as pain, insecurity, fear, loss, and rejection. First, I said "process," because it's not a one-time event or act - it's a continuous journey that lasts for as long as one lives.
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  • BOY OR GIRL?

    • Evelyn O. Pavlova
    May 19, 2014
    Something came to my attention recently. Again. I was reminded about the way our brains love to categorize, particularly in binary terms - black and white, tall and short, good and bad, right and wrong. It's understandable why we do it - such categorization gives us peace of mind, because once we place something or someone in a proper (or improper) box, we can make sense of it and move on.
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  • Bisexuality: Being Invisible

    • Evelyn Pavlova
    May 09, 2014
    I don't hear much about bisexuality. Being involved in the LGBTQIA community, I'd think that I'd hear more about it, but in the end it's much more about gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer. It makes me wonder why this is happening.
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