ACA Blog

  • Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and Sexual Orientation

    • Evelyn O. Pavlova
    Apr 21, 2014
    Recently I wrote an entry about heteronormativity (i.e. a world view that promotes heterosexuality as the normal or preferred sexual orientation), labels, and assumptions about one's sexual orientation. This week I'd like to take this topic further and reflect on the concepts of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
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  • The Limitations of Heteronormativity

    • Evelyn Pavlova
    Feb 25, 2014
    Our society presents itself as heteronormative. The Oxford Dictionary defines heteronormativity as "a world view that promotes heterosexuality as the normal or preferred sexual orientation." As a result we are trained to assume that individuals whom we encounter are heterosexual by default.
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  • Beyond Society’s Ideals

    • Alejandra Delgado
    Aug 28, 2013
    Imagine being 10 years old and being bullied for your sexual orientation. You like the opposite gender of what the society considers acceptable. You may be thinking this is not new - homosexuals are bullied everyday. But what if you live in a world where being homosexual is the norm and you are bullied for being heterosexual?
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  • Agents of Change

    • Susan Jennifer Polese
    Mar 28, 2013
    The BBC reports this morning that 20-year-old Jordan Sheard has been sentenced to three and a half years in jail for the death of Steven Simpson after pleading guilty to manslaughter charges. Simpson, 18, died one day after sustaining "significant burns" in June 2012, according to the report. The dead boy – who had epilepsy and Asperger’s - had been humiliated at a party, endured anti-gay rants, was set on fire and killed.
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  • Pam Ebert

    Diverse Heritages of Appalachian Peoples

    • Pam Ebert
    Jul 30, 2012
    Last week I had an off-line comment that made me realize that it is important to discuss stereotypes. Thank you Phil, for keeping me on track! There is much stigma associated with being an Appalachian person, and the tag line of last week’s blog inadvertently may have contributed to the continuation of the old stereotypes. For this, my readers, I apologize.
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  • Stacee Reicherzer

    The NAACP, LULAC, and Me

    • Stacee Reicherzer
    May 24, 2012
    I do a lot of social consciousness lectures and presentations in my work as a consultant. One of the things I’ve continually stressed is the need to learn from and engage in each other’s civil rights efforts because these are essentially our own. This seems to puzzle many people, so I use examples of some of the more successful civil rights outcomes of the 1960s. Many groups, such as the Black Panther Party, understood that their sociopolitical agenda was in fact part of a larger global effort for all persons of color to actively overcome the racially oppressive and imperialist contexts in which they lived. Even while the settings and players were different, as the BLP and other organizations understood, the system of oppression and the pain of loss it caused were shared by all. The shared value was of dismantling that system.
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  • Nicole Michaud

    Sexual Orientation and Flowers

    • Nicole Michaud
    May 17, 2012
    We are born, every one of us with the proverbial “Clean Slate” or fresh start. We grow and we change in so many ways. We can argue Nature vs. Nuture as much as we like and we can all have our opinions on what qualities are which. However, I think we would be hard pressed to deny that every life is valuable and irreplaceable, at least to someone.
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  • Stacee Reicherzer

    My rollercoaster week in the LGBT Community

    • Stacee Reicherzer
    May 14, 2012
    Having lived out for the last 25 years, first as a gay boy, and very shortly after as a transsexual woman, I tend to maintain a level of cautious optimism about the LGBT liberation struggle. There’s always something in the news about our community, and I am very grateful that it’s no longer a given that we’re referred to using terms like “homosexuals” (in the cases of gay men and lesbian women) or “transvestites” (in the cases of transsexual women). Yet, there always seems to be another shoe that drops when we make any progress: a state or nation supports gay marriage, some entity vows to fight it and does so; schools make an effort to reduce bullying of LGBT youth in schools, someone in a position of legislative authority opposes it and fights it. The shoe that dropped this week, however, was that of none other than the President of the United States, Barack Obama, who declared his support of same-sex marriage.
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  • Hope Yancey

    Amendment One

    • Hope Yancey
    May 12, 2012
    A majority of voters who went to the polls on May 8 in North Carolina voted for an amendment that would add a new section to the state constitution stating, in part, “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.” The vote pertaining to the constitutional amendment was essentially a referendum on gay marriage.
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  • Kimberly Beck

    I Am Sitting In the Lobby of the Cherry Valley Lodge

    • Kimberly Beck
    Apr 16, 2012
    I am sitting In the lobby of the Cherry Valley lodge where our OCA meeting was held waiting for my ride home… I thought I should blog but wasn’t sure what to write about. I do know that I get energized from these types of meetings… just like at ACA… I think it is important to remain connected to others in the field and get involved in committees and such. I encourage anyone who hasn’t gone to an ACA event to definitely attend the one in Cincinnati next March. The time is well spent, attending workshops and networking. But more than that it maintains your professional identity as a counselor and you can walk away with new tools and techniques to use in your practice. If you have something to share you can present at the conference, it’s quite an experience. I presented at the New Orleans conference. It was good experience even though I feel I needed some improvement on my own presenting abilities, at least I conquered my fear of public speaking and can say I did it, put that one on my resume.
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