The Future Perfect Project: Empowerment and Belonging in the LGBTQ+ Youth Community
Just Breathe | Parenting Your LGBTQ Teen
by Heather Hester
1w ago
With the compassionate insights of Celeste Lecesne from the Future Perfect Project and the vibrant duo, Lily and Eric, from the "I'm Feeling Queer Today" podcast, in today's episodes we are going to discuss the resonating impact of giving voice to the marginalized, weaving a narrative that highlights the significance of safe spaces, creative expression, and the indomitable spirit of queer youth. Join us as we navigate the inspirational paths of our guests, whose aspirations and educational pursuits demonstrate the transformative power of passion. Their stories are a testament to the importance ..read more
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Unveiling the Heart Behind 'Parenting with Pride'
Just Breathe | Parenting Your LGBTQ Teen
by Heather Hester
1w ago
Ready to transform the way you parent your LGBTQ child with pride and understanding? "Parenting with Pride" isn't just a book; it's a journey of evolution, a guide filled with heartfelt stories, robust research, and strategic tools that I have poured my heart into. This episode peels back the curtain on the creation of my upcoming literary labor of love and answers the burning questions so many of you have shared. As we sit back in our cozy coffee shop chat, I'll reveal the four pillars that are the cornerstone of both the book and our ongoing discussions: Embrace, Educate and Unlearn Bias, Em ..read more
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Celebrating Diversity, Advocacy, and Hope in Leadership with Dean Nelson
Just Breathe | Parenting Your LGBTQ Teen
by Heather Hester
1w ago
Embark on an enlightening exploration with Dean Nelson, LGBTQ pioneer and Whistler Pride and Ski Festival founder, as we dissect the critical need for compassionate leadership. In our heartfelt conversation, we delve into the chilling rise of violence against transgender individuals and the stark polarization gripping America. We share stories close to the heart, underscoring the dire need for leaders who champion facts and embrace diversity, steering clear of the treacherous path of fear and discrimination. The essence of democracy and pride takes center stage in our narrative, emphasizing th ..read more
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Cultivating Diversity and Empowerment in Children's Books with Michael Tyler
Just Breathe | Parenting Your LGBTQ Teen
by Heather Hester
1w ago
Prepare to be inspired as we sit down with the extraordinary Michael Tyler, the man behind the message of acceptance and self-love in the acclaimed "Girls of the World Doing More Than Ever Before." Michael, alongside his co-author Lindsay Davis, has crafted a book that not only soared to the New York Times bestseller list but also ignites a spark of empowerment within young readers, particularly girls. We unpack the essence of their collaboration, the creative process that led to their book's success, and how their work is sculpting the character of our future generation. Join us for a convers ..read more
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Navigating the Digital Maze for LGBTQ+ Parental Guidance
Just Breathe | Parenting Your LGBTQ Teen
by Heather Hester
1w ago
Have you ever felt adrift in the murky waters of the internet, trying to fish out the facts you truly need? Today's episode is a beacon for LGBTQ+ parents seeking guidance in distinguishing the credible from the questionable online. Today we plunge into the methods of verifying author expertise and publisher reputation, emphasizing the difference it makes to lean on peer-reviewed resources. Our conversation goes further than just picking out the good from the bad; it's about strengthening the very foundations of your knowledge with tools that ensure what you're learning is rooted in verified t ..read more
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Unconditional Love and the Voyage Beyond Gender Norms with shawndeez, Ph.D.
Just Breathe | Parenting Your LGBTQ Teen
by Heather Hester
1w ago
Discover the power of love and acceptance as I am joined by the insightful shawndeez, Ph.D., to explore the journey of parenting LGBTQ children. Through our conversation, we unearth the intricacies of identity, acceptance, and the transformative self-discovery that not only reshapes the lives of LGBTQ individuals but also their loved ones. Hear the touching stories that cut across the fabric of spirituality, gender, and the path toward embracing one's true self, offering a glimmer of hope and guidance for those supporting queer and trans family members. The episode traverses the emotional land ..read more
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The Art of Communicating Love: What is Your Love Language?
Just Breathe | Parenting Your LGBTQ Teen
by Heather Hester
1w ago
Join me as we explore the rich tapestry of love languages and how they shape our connections with those we hold dear, particularly when parenting LGBTQ teens. In this heartfelt conversation, we unravel the intricacies of Gary Chapman's Five Love Languages, urging you to reflect on how you and your loved ones express and cherish love. I share personal insights and invite you to consider how love manifests in your body, whether it's through a warm embrace or a grounding presence. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we offer up thoughtful ways to foster meaningful bonds with your childre ..read more
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Parenting with Pride
Just Breathe | Parenting Your LGBTQ Teen
by Heather Hester
1w ago
This episode is a celebration of our shared path, offering a compassionate embrace to every parent and guardian out there walking this road. Looking back at where we started and where we are now, we have peeled back the core truths of nurturing our LGBTQ+ loved ones, sharing stories that resonate with authenticity, and equipping ourselves with the tools needed to uplift and empower these incredible teens. I am also very excited to announce the upcoming release of my first book, "Parenting With Pride: Unlearn Bias To Embrace, Empower, and Love Your LGBTQ+ Teen". It's a milestone for me, as I ha ..read more
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Promoting Acceptance: An Allyship Guide for 2024
Just Breathe | Parenting Your LGBTQ Teen
by Heather Hester
1w ago
Let's kick off 2024 by committing to be better allies to the LGBTQ+ community. Guaranteeing an enriching conversation, I will delve into what it means to be an ally and how we can actively show our solidarity. I share personal narratives and discuss strategies for asserting your truth and creating safe, inclusive spaces. Educate yourself about LGBTQ+ issues, challenge biases, and amplifyqueer voices. By exploring literature, watching relevant films, or simply engaging in meaningful conversations, we can broaden our understanding and contribute to a more inclusive society. Addressing intersecti ..read more
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When Your LGBTQIA+ Loved One Faces Non-Affirming Folks During the Holidays (Encore)
Just Breathe | Parenting Your LGBTQ Teen
by Heather Hester
1w ago
The holidays are a time of magic, love, and connection. Unfortunately, the crises in our lives don’t stop just because it is the holidays. This episode is all about equipping you with the tools and language needed to gracefully handle situations with non-affirming individuals. We'll use the guide "The Language of LGBTQIA+" to understand the terminology your child or friend might use. Alongside this, we'll discuss the importance of maintaining presence with all kids, investing quality time with your partner, and nurturing a sense of gratitude to keep the positivity alive, even amidst chaotic ti ..read more
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