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Welcome to the series that gives meaning to everything, in the best way possible. This is my favorite type of Q-media because its intention is to go beyond the expectation of entertainment, & to simultaneously educate.

One of first questions when using Q-media in my LGBTQ+ Group is: Who was this written for — ie. who is the target audience? Sometimes this becomes evidently clear that the characters weren’t created to actively represent a person or a group of people, but to solely entertain instead. …


a synopsis of s3’s remakes (minor spoilers/cw)

Challenging Cultural Norms in Skam Italia

As LGBT+ people, we’re often accustomed to hiding. Hiding our true selves, our fears, our feelings, our weaknesses & vulnerabilities. So, when the main character (Martino) removed the mask from his Halloween costume on the back of his boyfriend’s bike & tossed it on the ground in the front of one of the most profound locations in Rome, I recognized the true importance for each country & culture to have its own remake.

Skam teaches people that it’s so much easier to forgive someone or accept something when we understand why. Everyone has…


(c/w)

I found Skam from a VICE article that said it was a must-watch series for teens, young adults, or anyone that worked with them. After I watched the trailer, I read another article on Buzzfeed that said the same but also added that, if nothing else, to watch season 3. So I did. & I was absolutely devastated. Not just because the intensity of its message, but it was unlike any other series available in the US. This series put a spotlight on some major issues & obstacles that teens experience. After s3, I caught up on the previous…


What Gameboys Is Teaching Teens About Life & Love After Loss

  • minor spoilers

Grief follows loss in many forms. For some people, coming out is followed by a period of grief. Perhaps it’s the grief your family experiences in losing the straight child they wished to have had. Or, it’s the grief you personally experience from losing friends & loved ones that were always there for you, until you said the words. For others, being “outed” is often followed by grief from loss of an experience that someone intentionally took from you.

But sometimes, it all works out. We find ourselves in loving homes, with supportive families, & rock solid friends…


This goes out to all the people who ever felt like it wasn’t safe for them to be themselves — that were attacked (verbally or physically) for being a “threat” to someone else’s beliefs about race, ethnicity, income status, residential neighborhood, physical/mental disability, sexual orientation, gender, religion, wardrobe, style (hair, makeup, tattoos, piercings etc)

While it’s true that people deserve to be more than just tolerated, it’s important to acknowledge that violence against others is rooted in the lack of or absence of tolerance. …


(tw/cw)

Every parent says to themselves: not my kid. But the reality is, Intimate Partner Violence is not a topic often covered in Sex Ed classes that are taught at school & parents aren’t always equipped or prepared to address it at home.

A matter of fact, 58% of parents said they couldn’t see the signs. In some cases, there is also Domestic Violence taking place in the home, so the subject is intentionally avoided altogether. …


(trigger warning/content warning)

My group & I are watching & discussing an international series that put internalized homophobia under a much needed microscope. While there are many reasons why LGBTQ+ people might experience this, one that often gets neglected is childhood sexual abuse & its residual trauma. In TharnType The Series, we get to see exactly what residual trauma looks like & feels like to someone that’s been a victim, as well as the inability to differentiate between older, predatory men & gay men. Because sexual assault/abuse is related to sex, & schools deem children as “too young” to learn…


*trigger warning/content warning

I facilitate a LGBT+ Support Group for teens, parents, & teachers integrating the use of film & media to focus on current & relevant topics that youth are facing in today’s society. Society variables change across cultures in how they affect LGBT people, but there are a few major things that don’t get lost in translation. So when the teen group asked that we watch & discuss these international shows, I agreed.

In the United States, the suicide rate for boys & girls remains the same until 10 years old, but after that, the suicide rate doubled…


Sometimes, people are deeply attached to their beliefs simply because they’ve had them for so long & they’re what’s familiar. So comfortable, that anything that challenges their belief system is seen as a threat. They might get angry or defensive & try to protect their point of view at all costs, even though your intentions are good in seeing things a “better” way. I used quotation marks because even if they are better, at the moment, they aren’t perceived as better by them. How do you show them that there is a better, more peaceful way? Education. Through Education comes…

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To avoid criticism: say nothing, do nothing, be nothing. -Elbert Hubbard

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