Category: Queer Mind: LGBTQ and Beyond

Tips and Tricks for Mindful Relaxation

Tips and Tricks for Mindful Relaxation

Relaxing isn’t just about resting the body; it also means calming the mind. It lowers blood pressure, reduces the production of stress hormones and heals muscle pain. Adopting mindful techniques is crucial, especially amid a raging pandemic. Work deadlines, which need to be juggled with household responsibilities, children and even pets can get the best of us down. Anxiety can exhaust you and a have real impact, including panic attacks, a sense of doom and loss of libido, according to an article by Healthline. Basically, the inability to relax can influence the quality of your life. So, you need to activate the body’s relaxation response from time to time. Take a look at how to create an aura of calm and profound rest and ensure bursts of mindfulness. Anxiety Therapy Get in touch with the best counsellor in your city. Highly skilled and experienced therapists can target the symptoms and help you understand where the anxiety stems from and help you learn techniques to overcome the anxiety, according to experts at the Institute For Personal Growth. You will be able to disengage your mind from distracting emotions. Muscle Relaxation This is the systematic relaxation of different muscle groups of the… Read more »

10 Things You Might Not Know about Bisexuality

Bisexuality is widely misunderstood—by heterosexual and gay/lesbian people alike. Here are some things we are beginning to understand about bisexual people. READ MARGIE’S NEW BLOG HERE: “10 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT BISEXUALITY”

Facebook’s Fifty Shades Of Gender

by Margie Nichols, Ph.D. Five decades of interaction between “mainstream” and LGBTQ subcultures made Facebook’s much-publicized profile change inevitable. READ MARGIE’S NEW BLOG HERE: “HOW WE ARRIVED AT 50 SHADES OF GENDER OPTIONS ON FACEBOOK”

The Real Treatment Issues for Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Kids

by Margie Nichols, Ph.D. A nuanced, flexible, and tailored treatment approach to gender identity issues in childhood and adolescence is the prudent approach. Read Margie’s latest blog HERE:

The Phony Debate About Treatment for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Kids

By Margie Nichols Ph. D. Recent published reports woefully miss the mark with regard to treatment pertaining to transgender and gender-nonconforming children.  Read Margie’s latest blog here:

Sex Is Queerer Than We Can Imagine—Really

by Margie Nichols, Ph.D. The neatly categorized notions most people apply to sexual orientation, expression, and gender identity may not be inclusive enough. Read the full blog, published on, here!

Losing Lou Reed: It Takes A Busload Of Faith To Get By

by Dr. Margie Nichols When Lou Reed’s New York album came out in 1989, many friends and I related instantly. It was hard, harsh and gritty. It expressed the anger, cynicism and mistrust of the government that we all felt. Although only one song, ‘Halloween Parade,’ explicitly referenced gay people and AIDS, it was easy for us queers who were surrounded by the disease and faced with society’s hatred of gay men and the government’s homicidal negligence to identify with Reed’s polemical songs about classism, racism, xenophobia and environmental plunder. They also expressed pain, hopelessness, despair – and yet, in addition, a shred of hope and mysticism. And some songs did all of this in one, like ‘Busload of Faith.’ One of my most vivid memories of that era, one that makes me smile and cry at the same time, is of IPG therapist Curt Schulze and me singing that song together at the top of our lungs. Curt died a couple of years later, of AIDS.

LGBT Youth Suicide

by Margie Nichols, Ph.D. Check out Margie’s blog on about the problem of suicide among LGBT teens and young adults.  Gay, lesbian, bi and trans and gender non-conforming kids make more suicide attempts than other adolescents – but we can do something about this!

Bisexuality – Still A Hotly Debated Issue – By Straight And Gay People Alike

by Margie Nichols, Ph.D. The blog I wrote for about bisexuality must have touched a nerve – more people have commented than any other blog I’ve written.  Who knew, more than 20 years after I came out as ‘bi’ in the 1980’s, that it would still be such a hot-button topic? Read it HERE

How Same-Sex Relationships Can Inform The ‘Opting Out For Motherhood’ Discourse

by Margie Nichols, Ph.D. On August 11 2013, The New York Times published an article by Judith Warner in its Sunday Magazine, entitled “The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In,” a revisiting of the women interviewed in Lisa Belkin’s 2003 Times article “The Opt-Out Revolution.”  The women, who had all given up high-powered jobs to be full-time mothers, now were working – or wanted to be.  Sixty percent had returned to work, and some others were trying unsuccessfully.  Not surprisingly, given that Warner’s sample is upper middle class, some had re-entered the work force with ease.  But others could not find paying jobs and still others had to take whatever they could find because they had to bring in money after divorce or because husbands lost jobs.  After the publication of the article, some reporters focused on the clear class bias and how working class and many middle class families cannot afford the choice to ‘opt-out.’   Some commentary focused on another problem highlighted by the account:  none of the women wanted to return to the 50-70 hour work week  they left, but there are still few employers who take part-time workers seriously. As a feminist, I resonate with this second critique. … Read more »