Ask Liz! It’s hard going home because my family isn’t completely accepting and I feel like I have to suppress or hide who I am. I feel like i have to recover everytime I get back from dealing with family. What’s your advice on how to cope?

“It’s hard going home because my family isn’t completely accepting and I feel like I have to suppress or hide who I am. I feel like i have to recover everytime I get back from dealing with family. What’s your advice on how to cope?” -Anonymous   Dearest Anonymous, Thank you for submitting your question. I’m so sorry to hear you’re dealing with this! It’s … Continue reading Ask Liz! It’s hard going home because my family isn’t completely accepting and I feel like I have to suppress or hide who I am. I feel like i have to recover everytime I get back from dealing with family. What’s your advice on how to cope?

Getting Real with Real Estate

By Shahida Keen, Realtor, Excellence Realty A few weeks ago, Shout Out, asked me to write a column about Real Estate.  I was simultaneously honored and daunted as Real Estate is so complex, that I wasn’t sure where to start. For me, my inner orientation has always pointed to social justice. Real estate embodies complexities of social justice, Maslow’s Hierarchy, climate change, family & personal … Continue reading Getting Real with Real Estate

It’s the Holiday Season. Help Fellow LGBTQ Friends Feel Like Family.

The holiday season in America is a time when people are warmed by feelings and thoughts of family and belonging. But not all families are created equal and not all families are like the pictures of happy people that we often see.  For LGBTQ people especially, the holiday season can actually make a person feel more lonely. Many LGBTQ youth are homeless because their families … Continue reading It’s the Holiday Season. Help Fellow LGBTQ Friends Feel Like Family.

Ask Liz! Is flaking bad if I’m feeling anxious or unwell? Do I have to tell them exactly how I’m feeling?

“Is flaking bad if I’m feeling anxious or unwell? Do I have to tell them exactly how I’m feeling?” -Anonymous Dear Anonymous, Thank you for submitting your question! If you’re feeling unwell, it’s probably best to flake. You don’t really want to get others sick-but are you feeling sick from a sickness or your anxiety? One thing my therapist has mentioned is whether my anxiety … Continue reading Ask Liz! Is flaking bad if I’m feeling anxious or unwell? Do I have to tell them exactly how I’m feeling?

Modern Mainer: This Week’s Fashion Picks

Follow the Modern Mainer Instagram for more. View this post on Instagram Keepin it simple today. 🖤 – — – T-shirt: @oldnavy Denim: @hm @hm_man Watch: @bagleywatchco Sunglasses: @jcrewmens @jcrew Wallet: @rogueindustries Sneakers: @asos A post shared by Matthew Warner (@modernmainer) on Sep 2, 2018 at 8:15am PDT View this post on Instagram Complimentary contrasts. 👌🏼 – — – T-shirt: @americaneagle Shorts: @forever21 @forever21men Watch: … Continue reading Modern Mainer: This Week’s Fashion Picks

Gia Drew: A Coming Out Story

By Gia Drew, Program Director at Equality Maine About Gia (She/Her/Hers): Gia was one of Maine’s first OUT transgender teachers and one of the first transgender coaches in the country. Originally from Boston, Gia has called Maine home since 2002. After earning degrees from Syracuse University and Savannah College of Art and Design, she was a high school teacher and coach for twenty years, teaching in Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maryland, … Continue reading Gia Drew: A Coming Out Story

Ask Liz! Mental Health and Treatment

“What do I do to support a friend who’s severely mentally ill, but won’t pursue any treatment?” -Anonymous Dear Anonymous, This is a really tough situation to be in unfortunately. One I’ve struggled with when working in the social work field. Unfortunately there isn’t really much you can do in getting them to do any sort of treatment. If they don’t want to pursue treatment they … Continue reading Ask Liz! Mental Health and Treatment