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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Creating Safety for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer People

Posted on Oct 21, 2010 in Gender and Sexual Orientation, Lessons from the Field | 0 comments

The recent wave of suicides of young gay teenagers has impacted me deeply and prompted the subject matter for this month’s post. This post is dedicated to the people who have lost their lives or been injured as a result of anti-LGBTQ harassment or violence and the people who love them. I have enlisted the support of my niece Belia Mayeno Saavedra, a long-time youth educator, to help me think and write about these issues. Thank you...

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