A few years ago, I went skydiving in Oregon. Sitting on the edge of the plane at 13,000 feet just before a full 60-second free fall was completely terrifying. I knew I wanted to do it, but I didn’t have any idea what it would feel like or how I would like it. There were...Read More
The following is a beautiful post written by my good friend Melissa M. Wilcox. She is a survivor of IPV (intimate partner violence). For too many years she was silenced. But she is now standing up and speaking out to share her story. This post is written from her perspective as...Read More
When I first came out of the closet, I thought I’d never be interested in or have anything to do with “gay pride”. I wanted my sexuality to be accepted but mostly invisible because even though I was different than pretty much everyone else around me, I wanted...Read More
Many of us (myself included) expect our health care providers to have our best interest at heart. Don’t all doctors take the hippocratic oath? Isn’t nursing founded on caring for and nurturing people? I know I expect my doctor to be my advocate and to have my best...Read More
Hello, Friends. You may have noticed I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus. Part of my hiatus from TWBP has been because I’ve been working on finishing a scholarly article describing a practice framework I developed for helping professionals called Empathetic Partnership....Read More
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The We Belong Project is a resource for sexual minority women and for health care providers.
My name is Niki Flemmer, and I started this project because, as both a sexual minority woman interacting with health care and as a health care provider myself, I became acutely aware of how much improvement we need in [...]
A WSW (woman who has sex with women) or a sexual minority woman is a woman who is not exclusively heterosexual in either her expression of her sexuality or her sexual identity. Many people, including health care providers, may call WSW “lesbians”. However, not every WSW identifies herself as a “lesbian” and so using the [...]
Cultural Safety. When I heard that term for the first time, I thought it was confusing. And had nothing to do with me, being a white female woman, born and raised in America. I soon learned it has everything to do with me. And you. And all of us.
We all have our own culture. [...]