As many of you know, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This year, in my role as Chief Communications Officer of Trillium Family Services — Oregon’s largest provider of mental and behavioral healthcare for children and families — I have had the pleasure of creating and launching a Mental Health Heroes Awards program, a comedic video campaign designed to lampoon stigma, and a community storytelling and advocacy blog for the organization.
This week I was the guest on Sheila Hamilton’s “Speaking Freely” show on KINK FM in Portland. We chatted about trauma, healing, the triumph of the human spirit, recovery and more. Listen HERE, or press play below.
I’m on the cover of the current issue of Proud Times Magazine, on stands now. My 18 page spread and interview about mental health advocacy, queer rights, music, the end of love, and a whole bunch of other stuff starts on page 28.
Read the online version HERE, or click on the cover below. You can also download a .PDF version of the issue HERE.
Their sister site, Loud and Proud Entertainment, is also giving away a bunch of my songs FREE to celebrate the release of the issue. Click HERE to get yours.
My band boys and I have been on a break post-summer tour and I’ve just been writing songs for my new record and throwing myself into mental & behavioral healthcare advocacy full-time. It’s been great to have some much-needed down time, but we are back in the studio next month (January) to dive headfirst into finishing the album.
I hope you all have a killer holiday season. If you are buying gifts for your people, click HERE to stuff your stockings with me and my nonsense. I do love when you give me away…
I’ll see you after the new year, babies!
Huge thanks to the band FUN. for having me as the guest on their Ally Coalition “Contact” show this week!
Listen to the episode HERE or press play below.
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All of you who follow me know that I am passionate about mental health — particularly around destigmatizing issues of trauma and addiction.
For the past 4.5 years I have been doing LGBTQ advocacy and communications work with Q Center in Portland, and I am pleased to announce that I have accepted a position as Communications Director for Trillium Family Services, Oregon’s largest provider of mental & behavioral healthcare for children and families. Click HERE for the full scoop.
My mental health advocacy journey continues, and I hope you will join me in supporting both of these amazing organizations as I embark on this new adventure with you all! Thanks to everyone who has been posting sweet things and flooding my inbox with messages since the announcement.
I love you, too!
Now that marriage is won in Oregon, I am really excited for the LGBTQ community (and our allies) to get back to the still very pressing work of making schools safer, ending workplace discrimination, bringing cultural competency to systems which oppress us, building bridges with communities of faith who oppose us, pushing trans rights to the forefront of our agenda, and making sure our growing senior population is honored and celebrated, having paved the way for all of these modern victories so many years ago.
Celebrate tonight, friends — because tomorrow the work continues.
To find the LGBTQ Community Center nearest you to get involved and support this community, click HERE. In Oregon, click HERE to connect with Q Center.
(Photo: The Oregonian)