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Germika Pegram's involvement to disseminate and ensure the essential aspects regarding healthy living on relationships of individuals, families their environments, and communities, is a high priority that integrates her passion and aptitude to connect with people wholeheartedly. Her observations and expertise concerning the most imperative facets to healthy living and relationships also highlights the significance of how situational factors influence the behaviors of individuals and groups, resiliency and holistic approaches for people to recognize and comprehend.
?Founder of CIRCLE (Community Involvement to Remain Connected and Lead Effectively™) and CIRCLE+™ (Challenging Issues while Revitalizing Communities through Learning Experiences+ (for positive change)™) were developed, as she witnessed a demanding need to create a two-component project that would provide community involvement and trainings of completed service projects. CIRCLE, focuses on service-oriented projects to organize and support the advancement of individuals and families within communities for equality; CIRCLE+, is the second component, which encompasses an immediate follow-up of trainings that relate to the completed service project. Upon completion, volunteers are certified, as a +CIRCLE Leader™. Volunteers are guided and prepared with effective tools by continuing their efforts within communities to implement and develop sustainable solutions.
Germika focuses on two of the most profound and unresolved epidemics that effect people of color daily: stigmatization and the impact of racism, which are strongly exhibited throughout society today.
Topics include: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS; US LAW AND UFOs -- THE FEDERAL REGISTER, TITLE 14 -- AERONAUTICS AND SPACE; UFO in SOUTH AFRICA; QUESTIONS FROM OUR READER; STIGMATIZATION -- THE WOUNDS OF CHRIST; ROSWELL INCIDENT; US SOLDIER SHOOTS EXTRATERRESTRIAL
Most research studies show that children with two moms or two dads fare just as well as children with heterosexual parents. In fact, one comprehensive study of children raised by lesbian mothers or gay fathers concluded that children raised by same-sex parents did not differ from other children in terms of emotional functioning, sexual orientation, stigmatization, gender role behavior, behavioral adjustment, gender identity, learning and grade point averages. Where research differences have been found, they have sometimes favored same-sex parents. For example, adolescents with same-sex parents reported feeling more connected at school. Another study reported that children in gay and lesbian households are more likely to talk about emotionally difficult topics, and they are often more resilient, compassionate and tolerant. The same concerns that face many heterosexual parents when they are deciding to have children also face same-sex parents including time, money, and responsibilities of parenthood. Likewise, many of the parenting tasks faced by same-sex parents are similar to those faced by heterosexual parents, such as providing appropriate structure for children, while also being warm and accepting, setting limits, teaching open and honest communication, healthy conflict resolution, and monitoring of child’s peer network and extracurricular activities. Some differences may include adapting to different types of family forms, the impact of social stigma on the family, and dealing with extended family members who may not be supportive of same-sex parenting.
Femme is a term used by many feminine-identified queer people from diverse and equally valuable backgrounds including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other queer folks. Femmes are fierce and use their voices to make themselves visible. Nevertheless, as femme women, they are often invisible to other queer people. They are often seen as heteronormative, apolitical, less radical and less queer in a community where being visible depends on being masculine or androgynous. This femmephobia in queer communities – this devaluation and stigmatization of queer femininity – is a form of misogyny that is rooted in dominant patriarchal culture
Keisha Watkins and Nkenge Jazz Burkhead are the co-founders of SMEARED LIPSTICK. The group is for lesbians of color who identify as femme (lipstick)! Their goal is to increase visibility and sisterhood within the femme community. Femme and Proud – we want to hear from you! How do you express your femme power in a patriarchal world? Do you feel invisible, disempowered? Is all this femme/butch talk much ado about nothing? Come on Fierce Femmes – let’s here you roar!!Okay Femmes Speak –Up Support-because Silence is not an OPTION!
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"The Cruel Hand" (Chapter 4 in The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander) considers how the criminal justice system operates once a prisoner is released. The legalized discrimination and social stigmatization that follow prevent the formerly incarcerated from re-integrating into society and erode social structures within African-American communities.
Guests this week include:
Kate Wolfson of the Safe and Sound Campaign. Kate is currently working on the Public Safety Compact, a re-entry program in Baltimore providing substance abuse treatment and job services. www.safeandsound.org.
Rev. David Carl Olson, the minister at the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore. www.first unitarian.net
This episode is co-sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington and the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore.
Trying to make sense of a horrible crime is often beyond logical processing and yet we try to do it anyway. We might question faith. We may look for scapegoats. We demand change and yet we're unclear on what exactly needs reform and how to implement it.
As we try to process, images run through our heads. Thoughts we would rather not deal with surface despite attempts to redirect. Maybe we deflect our emotions. Maybe we break down in raw emotion so deep that we wonder if the hurt will ever stop. We internalize. We externalize. We grasp at straws. We wonder about cause, effect and correlation.
The tragic Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings on 12/14/12 leave us searching for answers. They bring us as a community together mourning the loss of lives.
The question is raised? Did Adam Lanza have Asperger's Syndrome? Was he on the autism spectrum? Was he mentally ill? Was he sociopathic? Was he schizophrenic? Did he just snap? What were the signs? How could this have been prevented?
Individuals are searching for answers. That includes men and women, teenage and youth living daily with autism and Asperger's and co-morbid conditions. We fear an autism and violence correlation and how that will impact the way others view us and our children. We fear speaking up because of stigmatization.
Autism Empowerment believes in promoting Acceptance, Enrichment, Inspiration and Empowerment within the Autism and Asperger communities. We work daily to destigmatize ASDs.
Today John with Autism Empowerment interviews Karen Krejcha, Executive Director. She is a mom of two sons on the autism spectrum and has an Asperger's diagnosis. She has been carefully following the news and listening to the cries of men, women and children within and outside the autism community.
She wants our community to come together in support. Please listen in.
HIV is transmitted by anal, vaginal and oral sex, blood transfusion, contaminated hypodermic needles, exchange between mother and baby during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. It can be transmitted by any contact with an infected person’s bodily fluid that contains the AIDS virus in it. Body fluids are identified as blood, semen, vaginal fluid, seminal fluid, , and breast mild. First case os AIDS in America was June 1981. From 1981 to 2001 -- 1.4 MILLION persons in United States were infected with HIV.
It is an increasingly acknowledged reality today that through out the world those most deeply affected by the HIV epidemic are also the most severely disadvantaged. Fundamental structural inequalities and social prejudices explain why people of color are disproportionately impacted by AIDS and the accompanying stigma and discrimination. The nearly two decades old global history of the HIV epidemic reinforces yet again the well documented interaction of disease, stigma and `spoiled’ social identities based on race, ethnicity, sexuality and so on.
The stigmatization of the African American identity in relation to diseases in the early twentieth century shows a remarkable continuity today in the context of HIV/AIDS at the turn of the century. An illustration of this is the stigmatization and harassment of the Haitian people in the early 1980s, who were accused of having brought AIDS into the USA.
Although direct evidence of racial discrimination due to HIV/AIDS is not so readily available, there is research findings reporting ealth disparities among racial minorities that are related to racism and other forms of discrimination in society Today HIV/AIDS is largely recognized as a human rights issue (UNAIDS, 2002.
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Doctors and scientists are concerned about the rise of obesity in children and teens because obesity may lead to the following health problems: Heart disease Type 2 diabetes Asthma Sleep apnea Social discrimination Stigma and Self-Esteem In addition to suffering from poor physical health, overweight and obese children can often be targets of early social discrimination. The psychological stress of social stigmatization can cause low self-esteem which, in turn, can hinder academic and social functioning, and persist into adulthood
As a victim of child sexual abuse by both men and a woman, I can tell you I am sick and tired of the many excuses I have heard regarding “WHY” these perverts violate children. Here’s a prime example as to why I am so pissed off right now:
“We are not required to interfere with or inhibit our child’s sexuality.” An adult’s desire to have sex with children is “normative.” “Assuming children are unable to consent lends itself to criminalization and stigmatization.” A consensus belief by both speakers and pedophiles in attendance was that, because it vilifies MAPs, pedophilia should be removed as a mental disorder from the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), in the same manner homosexuality was removed in 1973. Dr. Fred Berlin acknowledged that it was political activism, similar to that witnessed at the conference, rather than scientific considerations that successfully led to the declassification of homosexuality as a mental disorder: The reason “homosexuality was taken out of DSM is that people didn’t want the government in the bedroom,” he said. The DSM ignores that pedophiles “have feelings of love and romance for children” in the same way adult heterosexuals and homosexuals have romantic feelings for one another. Tune in tonight to listen, or call in to share your stories. It’s time for us to call this what it is, ‘CHILD RAPE’.
Tonight we examine the institution of self-hate and the precursors to the pathology of social stigmatization through the lens of the Hebrew Bible.
Blacks and other ethnic groups have a lot of stigmatization that they have to overcome while living in a society they want to make them feel like less. We will be discussing how we as ethnic people can overcome this stress to raise our children and uplift our communities into being proud of who we are despite the stigmas we face in society.
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