Evelyn O. Pavlova

Evelyn Pavlova is a counselor and an Ally, whose preferred population is LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, invisible minority, asexual, and ally) individuals. Her areas of interest are eating disorders, mood disorders, mindfulness, and spirituality. Read more about her new counseling journey at www.curvyroad.weebly.com


    Oct 07, 2014
    This post is dedicated to White people with the goal to increase awareness of White privilege, which may not be very pleasant to read. Please note that Whiteness is a race, not nationality or ethnicity.
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    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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    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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    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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    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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