Monday, September 26, 2005

Seattle-area Resources for Gay Youth

I gathered these together for Colin's GSA, so thought I would post them here, too.

PFLAG Seattle:
links to PFLAG meetings and other resources. National:

PFLAG Helpline: 206-325-7724
Crisis Clinic:

Crisis Line - 24-hour hotline: 206-461-3222

Teen Link Helpline: 206-461-4922 answered by teens from 6-10 PM every day

Foster Care Helpline (for GLBT youth specifically): 1-866-LGBTeen
Safe Schools Coalition:
Safe Schools Coalition hotline: 1-800-5-BPROUD

Safe Schools has a great list of Hotlines both local and national:

GLSEN (support for GSAs):
Washington State GSA Network (WA GSA):
GLSEN Puget Sound:

* Seattle Community Network has an excellent list of GLBT local links:

Gay Youth Info Line: 206-547-7900
Coming out, social events, and support resources for queer youth

Diverse Harmony rehearses Sundays, 3-5 PM at First Baptist Church, 1111 Seneca St., Seattle: and

Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 2005, October 14-23, 2005:

Lambert House:

Gay Skate Night every third Monday, 7-10 PM. Bellevue Skate King, 2301 140th NE, Bellevue WA, 425-641-2046. $5.50; includes rollerskate rental. Inline skates for an additional $4.

B-GLAD (Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian Adolescent Drop-in): 425-747-4937
Weekly support and discussion groups in Bellevue

Oasis Youth Center Pierce Co.:

Youth Guardian Services (email lists):

Great Lists and how to get them (mostly local):

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Health (King Co.):

Ingersoll Gender Center in Seattle:, phone: 206-329-6651

Camp Ten Trees:

National Resources
Matthew Shepard Foundation:

HRC Resource Guide to Coming Out:

Day of Silence:

The Trevor Project:
24 hours nationwide: 866-488-7386 or 866.4.U.Trevor

STD Hotline: 1-800-227-8922

Gay and Lesbian Victim’s Assistance 24 Hour Hotline: 1-800-259-1536

Christian GLBT National Resources
HeartStrong, for GLBT youth in religious schools:

Finding an open and welcoming congregation - Washington: Community of Welcoming Congregations (Oregon & SW Washington):,
Nationally & Internationally:, Institute for Welcoming Resources (The Task Force):

Whosoever, online magazine for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Christians:

From a Roman Catholic father, God gave me a gay son:. . . and I did not always think it a blessing:

HRC- Living Openly in Your Place of Worship:
Christian GLBT Local Resources
Love Welcomes All:

Youth Resource:

Good explication of the "Ex-Gay" movement:

, The National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth: OutProud web resources: Outpath, the OutProud Coming Out Archives:

Oasis: & Forum:


Young Gay America:
Hard to navigate, but worth the effort

SEX, ETC. by teens, for teens:

The Gay Youth Corner (Brit):

Scarleteen - sex education for the real world:

What "Sex Ed" Didn't Tell You -- But You Still Need to Know:

Seattle links:

More great sites in Kids Helping Kids, Fixing Gays ("reparative therapy" and such), Gay Marriage and Sex.

I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice. But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.' I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream to make room at the table of brother and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people. - Coretta Scott King, March 31, 1998

Thomas Cowan WWI Attestation

Moved to

Cowans and Neighbors 1911 Puslinch, Wellington Co. Ontario, Canada

Any updates to this post will be found on the Genealogy blog:

Page 7 Puslinch Twp. Sub-Dist. # 27
Scott, Arch
Scott, Mary
Scott, Robert?
Scott, James
Scott, Lisabeth/Elizabeth
Scott, Walter
Scott, Andrew
Scott, Margaret
McDonald, Donald
McDonald, Catherine
McDonald, Edith
McDonald, Francis
McDonald, Anna?
[unreadable], Mary
McPherson, Alex.
McPherson, [unreadable],
McPherson, Robert J.
McPherson, James
McPherson, Catherine
McPherson, Jane
Bowman?, Wellington
Cowan, Walter
Cowan, Annie
Cowan, James
Cowan, Walter

Interesting that they are next-door neighbors to the McPhersons; Annie was a McPherson. Also notice the Scott family further up the page. Walter's grandmother was a Scott. Wouldn't it be interesting if they were all relatives?

The index is found on the Wellington County site:

This section was transcribed by Susanne Metcalfe -- thanks, Susanne!

By the way, 1901 is also indexed, but I don't see our Cowans. Did I miss something? See for yourself:

Cowan Marriage Bonds in Upper and Lower Canada:

Ontario COWANs, 1871 Census:

Dad's WWII Enlistment File:

Thomas Cowan WWI Attestation:
(scroll down; not ours -- isn't Grandpa's brother in there somewhere?)

James Cowan & family, Wellington County 1901 Census, Guelph:


Cowans in the Wellington County Historical Atlas:

I love agitation and investigation and glory in defending unpopular truth against popular error. - President James A. Garfield

Friday, September 09, 2005

Traits of a Mature, Self-Actualizing Person

Self-actualization: being knowledgeable, emotionally aware, self-directed, and at peace with the world. Who wouldn't want that? A nice list of the traits from Psychological Self-Help.
They see reality, and knowing "the facts are friendly," they accept reality more than most people. They see through phoniness, deception, and "games"--and avoid them. They cope with problems, rather than avoid them.

They accept themselves and others; thus, they can honestly self-disclose and forgive others' shortcomings.

They are spontaneous with their ideas, feelings, and actions, being genuine and confident.

They focus on solving problems but their "problems" tend to be outside themselves. For instance, they often have a "mission" that may be difficult to accomplish but gives excitement, challenge, and purpose to their lives.

They enjoy privacy, withdrawing sometimes to be free to have their own thoughts. Occasionally, they may have mystical experiences in which they become part of all mankind or of nature.

They resist culturally prescribed roles, e.g. masculine or feminine. They resent unfairness caused by social roles and prejudice. They insist on thinking for themselves and completing their mission, even in the face of social criticism.

They enjoy and appreciate the commonplace, the little things in life--a rose, a baby, an idea, a considerate comment, a meal, a loving touch, etc.

They feel a kinship, a closeness, a warmth, a concern for every human being.

They are close to a few people, although not always popular. They can live intimately and love.

They do not judge others on the basis of stereotypes, like sex, age, race, or religion, but rather as individuals.

They have a strong self-generated code of ethics--a sense of right and wrong. Their values may not be conventional but they do guide their lives.

They are creative and do things differently, not in rebellion but for the joy of being original and talented. They are clever, even in their ability to be amused instead of angered by human foibles.
As often as I can, I choose to make these choices. When I don't--well, I'm just human.

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself. - Harvey Fierstein

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Studying Literature




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If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. - Emma Goldman, 1869-1940