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Pregnancy and motherhood bring images of idyllic, glowing, bonding mother-baby moments, beginning with a sweet hand on a ripe, full belly and culminating in close ups of those sweet little fingers and toes being kissed and coddled. We picture bright-eyed, cooing babies and long touching conversations with fellow moms, and a general outpouring of community support and rejoicing at the miracle of birth and the joy of motherhood. The general expectation out there is that mothers should know how to negotiate multiple challenges and tasks with poise, grace, and selfless dedication to their dear swaddled newborn.
Every year, the beginning of summer heralds “Gay Pride Day” – a day of parades and festivals that occurs throughout our nation and provides the gay community and its straight allies the opportunity to celebrate the diversity, contributions, and solid presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in our community. With the November elections in sight, politicians and political action groups have also seized the opportunity to debate which legal rights the LGBT community should be entitled to, whether or not gays deserve equal protection under the law, and even the basic question of whether or not it’s morally acceptable to be a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender person.
As I rushed into the bathroom and locked the door, I stood against the wall with my heart pounding, my cheeks flushed and wet with tears, and feelings of frustration and anger coursing through my veins.
When struggling with overwhelming life challenges or emotional turmoil, the thought of trying to find a counselor can feel like blindly shooting darts at a moving target.