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LGBTQIAPK and the umbrella acronyms QUILTBAG/LGBTQPIAK Queer, Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Trans*, Bi-sexual, Ally, Asexual, Gender Expansive, Pan, Kink GSM/GSD Gender and Sexual Minorities and Diversities GSRM Gender, Sexual, and Relational Minorites MOGAI Marginalized orientations, gender alignments, and intersex
In my life and work within and for the LGBTQIA, GSM/GSD, GSRM, MOGAI communities since my own coming out at the age of 20, I have seen the challenges that arise with every kind of transition. Whether it's gender confirmation surgery (GCS), the fluid nature of sexuality, blending families, seeking ways to maintain one's self-esteem as we age, or struggling with deeply held religious convictions about sex; there is much beauty and growth to be found that comes out of these trials.
As Lesbians, Gay men, Bisexuals, Trans*, Queers, or GSRM we each travel through many passages when we encounter adversity, misunderstandings, lack of support, intolerance and various other legal, social, personal and interpersonal challenges in our day to day lives.
I am a queer identified member of the these communities, and I am also a certified specialist who understands the value of affirmative support and care.
Affirmative therapy invites Queer, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Trans*, Bisexual, Ally/Asexual, Gay people to honestly express themselves as individuals (GSM) in spite of being oppressed, and to explore who and how they live and interact in hierarchical forms (GSD). Together, we discover how we can shamelessly enter into new family situations as partners with children from previous relationships or with new partners entering into our current dyadic, triadic, circle (Poly) relationships.
Affirmative therapy supports and engages the emergence of AFAB, AMAB and/or XTX, FtM, MtF, and bi-genderindividuals, and it collaborates in ways for us to responsibly reach out, support, and advocate for youth who isolate or withdraw due to safety and shaming concerns at play and at school because they are LGBTQIA.
This is an LGBTQIA Safe Space.
You and I can explore various strength-based avenues of the coming out process, or we can collaborate approaches for you and your partner to deepen your understanding of who you each are as a sexually mixed orientation couple. We can also discuss sex to assist you (and a partner) in communicating with greater clarity to increase satisfaction: good, giving and game (G.G.G.) (Savage; 2007). I am a sex positiveand kink awareclinician. Sex is never 'wrong' or 'bad,' when it is safe, sane, and consensual.
As an LGBTQIA affirmative clinician, I am here to help support, acknowledge, and assist people who identifiy under the Umbrella Identities, and/or who actively and continuously redefine current ways of sense-making within the realm of Identity Politics or the realm of Affinity Politics. Here are some of the possibilities: Lesbian (WSW), Gay (MSM), Aro/Ace, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Queer People of Color (QPOC), BlaQ/BlaQueer, Questioning, Queen, Intersex, Asexual, Ally, Butch, Boi, Feminine of Center (FOC), Masculine of Center (MOC), Non-binary, Neutrois, Trans*, Transmasculine, Transfeminine, Transfag, Tryke, Demi: gender, boy, girl; Homomasculine, Twink, Bear, Dyke, Soft Butch, Pan-Sexual, Pan-Romantic, Poly-Gendered, Pan-Gendered, Bi-gender, XTX, Two-Spirit, John-Sexual, PoMoSexual, Genderqueer, Genderfluid, Genderfxxk, Fellagirly, Ladyboy, Cisgender, Cissexual, Fluid, Heteroflexible, Girlfag, Guydyke, Slash, Butch, Stud, aggressive/AG, Dom, Macha, Tomboi along with the varieties of preferred gender pronouns (PGPs), such as: He, Hy, Ze, Zie, They, Their, and Hir ...or... Mr., Ms., Miss., or Mx. just to name a few.
Exploration of self in relationship styles can also begin with those who read or subscribe to slash fiction, saffic, femslash, f/f slash, altfic, reimagined texts and queer commentaries, such as Xena/Gabrielle, Spock/Kirk, Holmes/Watson... . We are so much more than mono-sexualities, binaries, primaries, secondaries, tertiaries, and circles.
Whether you are seeking therapy to discuss the various areas of self-disclosure, transitioning, integration, parenting, adoption, queering, gender presentation/performativity/variance, or reconciling guilt over family of choice vs. family of origin; (lack of) support issues such as the null environment, or ostracism related to the Charmed Circle (Rubin, 1984); you first need a therapist who relates to and understands the multi-cultural and sub-cultural contexts that come with living as an LGBTQIA + H (HIV) person. Even if you're vanilla.
Self acceptance is a beneficial topic, as well as one of the keys along the journey.
I am here to help you invest in your own potential and well-being and to celebrate the unique individual that you are. If you are an LGBTQPIA client or even if you're SOFFA (significant other, friend, family, ally) you are both the source and a resource to your own happiness and rightful potential. Together, you and I can reduce concerns, improve your sense of self, and deepen your understanding of who you envision yourself to be as a healthy, informed, and contributing youth, adult, or senior member of the Southern California LGBTQPIA community.
I look forward to talking with you.
Affirmatively yours, Kristin
Kristin F. Jones℠ Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist MFC # 92360 3611 Seneca Avenue, Los Angeles, Ca, 90039.
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