Diagram showing how sex hormones are released and the effect of puberty blockers
Identity & Self

Let’s Talk About Puberty Blockers

It crossed my mind that we often talk about puberty blockers without actually talking about what they are, so I wanted to do this post to help fill that gap. The hormone party There are three types of hormones and hormone-releasing areas that are relevant here: Hypothalamus: The hypothalamus is the brain's hormonal air traffic… Continue reading Let’s Talk About Puberty Blockers

book cover: The Anxiety Book for Trans People by Freiya Benson
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: The Anxiety Book for Trans People

The Anxiety Book for Trans People by Freiya Benson aims to support trans and other non-cis identities in dealing with anxiety. Benson has previously published Trans Love, an anthology of trans and non-binary voices. The book focuses on experiences of anxiety, and in particular anxiety related to having non-cis identities, rather specifically on anxiety disorders.… Continue reading Book Review: The Anxiety Book for Trans People

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MH@H Mental Health

It’s a Bad Time to Be Transgender in Arkansas

I saw an article the other day on CBC News about the government of Arkansas putting the kibosh on gender-affirming treatment for anyone under the age of 18. This is a major problem for transgender people and justice in general, so let's talk about why. After Arkansas' governor vetoed a a bill that would make… Continue reading It’s a Bad Time to Be Transgender in Arkansas

On-screen representation of marginalized groups; graphic of a film projector in rainbow colours
Society & Social Justice

Marginalized Groups and On-Screen Representation

Ceponatia of Dogmatic Panic wrote a while back about social media claims that a film was whitewashing. It reminded me of a conversation about on-screen representation of marginalized groups that I'd had with someone not long before that. The beginnings of this post languished in my drafts folder for quite a while, until I saw… Continue reading Marginalized Groups and On-Screen Representation

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Society & Social Justice

Gender Identity and Parental Obstruction

Recently, I read a story in the local news that made me angry (not that that's unusual lately). A mother had gone to court to try to block her 17-year-old from getting a gender-affirming double mastectomy. A BC Supreme Court judge issued an injunction to stop the surgery that was scheduled to happen the next… Continue reading Gender Identity and Parental Obstruction

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Sex vs. Gender?

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's terms are sex vs. gender. As we near the end of Pride Month, I've spruced up this older post about terminology related to sex vs. gender. When I initially published it early last year, it got a few really ignorant… Continue reading What Is… Sex vs. Gender?

Society & Social Justice

Who Gets to Decide Others’ Gender Identities?

Last week, I heard in the news that the Vatican released a statement essentially saying that transgender identities simply doesn't exist.  It seems unlikely to be a coincidence that this was done during Pride Month. Dismissing transgender identities brings to mind a similar question to what's raised by the abortion debate bubbling away in the… Continue reading Who Gets to Decide Others’ Gender Identities?

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MH@H Mental Health

What I’ve Learned from My “Psych Patients”

Having worked as a mental health nurse for many years, it would be easy to assume that I'm usually the one doing the teaching and my clients are usually doing most of the learning.  That assumption would be completely wrong.  Yes, I've learned a lot in school and through continuing education, plus I've learned a… Continue reading What I’ve Learned from My “Psych Patients”