How Gender Boxes Harm All Children and What We Can Do About It

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 in Gender and Sexual Orientation, Lessons from the Field | 0 comments

My early parenting experiences were sometimes hard. I had a son who liked to play with dolls and dress up as a princess and I didn’t know if that was okay. I’ve learned a lot since then, and today I’m sharing some of what I’ve learned about the impact of gender boxes on children. As early as two years of age, children learn that there are different rules for boys and girls that they are expected to follow. They learn by...

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Why are we talking about this?

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Gender and Sexual Orientation, Lessons from the Field | 0 comments

In my work with organizations around topics of diversity, equity and inclusion, I often hear that a few people are asking “Why do we need to talk about this?” This usually happens in organizations that serve very diverse communities, with staffs that aren’t as diverse. And, usually, there’s less diversity in the senior management and board. So, isn’t the answer to that question a no-brainer? Well, actually, no, it isn’t. I am glad...

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Falling in Love with Our Work

Posted on Sep 27, 2013 in Authentic Communication, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Gender and Sexual Orientation, Lessons from the Field | 0 comments

Happy Fall! I have the great privilege of doing work that I love, both as a consultant and as a volunteer. One of my greatest aspirations is to help people fall in love with their own work building organizations and communities where everyone is valued, included and treated fairly. This work may go under different labels such as “diversity,” “multiculturalism,” “equity,” “anti-oppression,” “cultural competence” or “social...

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The Power of Storytelling: My Story as a Proud Mom

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 in Gender and Sexual Orientation, Lessons from the Field | 0 comments

Greetings and Happy Summer! Storytelling is a powerful way to touch hearts and open minds. Today, I am sharing a very personal story with you. As you may know, I am the proud mother of a gay son, Danny Moreno. Being his mother has taught me many lessons about unconditional love and acceptance, shared in the video below. We went through some challenging times, and the support from our family and community along the way has made all the...

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Happiness: A Key to Success

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 in Gender and Sexual Orientation, Lessons from the Field | 0 comments

Greetings and Happy Spring! I am writing from El Salvador where I participated in a conference entitled ¨Happiness and Sexual Diversity as Human Rights,¨ sponsored by Legal Assistance for Sexual Diversity in El Salvador (ALDES) and numerous organizations. I have met many activists from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities and have been very inspired by their stories, their work and most of all their courage and...

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Bridging Divides When Differences Run Deep

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 in Authentic Communication, Gender and Sexual Orientation, Lessons from the Field | 0 comments

Today’s blog is about engaging in dialogue about controversial issues. I share my own experiences speaking out as the mom of a gay son and discuss ideas, principles and skills to go beyond “preaching to the choir” and make room for all voices—especially those we disagree with. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can...

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