Resources for LGBTQ+, National and Local

June is Pride Month! We know that members of the LGBTQIA+ community face discrimination in several ways. Here are 20 national and local organizations that have been created to help members of the LGBTQIA+ community. 


National Resources

  • Amnesty International -
    • Amnesty International states on their website, “We work both at home and abroad to tackle the most pressing human rights violations.” This is a good resource for people all over the world to use when their human rights have been violated.
  • Family Equality Council -
    • Family Equality Council advocates for LBGTQ+ issues. They educate families, speak out about equality, and fight to protect LGBTQ+ people.
  • National Center for Transgender Equality -
    • The National Center for Transgender Equality educates transgender people about their rights and takes action by supporting legistlation that protects the rights of transgender people, like the Equality Act
  • National LGBTQ Task Force -
    • The National LGBTQ Task Force is a great tool for members of the LGBTQ+ community. They use their resources to mobilize their members to take action and to stay informed
  • The Trevor Project website states, “Our trained counselors are here to support you 24/7. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline now at 1-866-488-7386.” This is a great place to reach out to if you or a loved one needs help.
  • OutServe-SLDN -
    • OutServe-SLDN is “a united voice for the LGBTQ military and veteran community - and our modern military families.” Their mission is to make a real difference in the lives of LGBTQ servicemembers, military spouses, veterans, and family members through advocacy, education, and support. 


National Resources for POC

  • API Equality - LA -
    • Their mission is to empower “Asian and Pacific Islander communities to achieve LGBTQ, racial, and social justice.” Their campaign aims to increase access to mental healthcare and holistic community wellness for LGBTQ people.
  • Audre Lorde Project -
    • The Audre Lorde Project focuses on creating resilience uplifting the LGBTQ community in the New York City area. They have events multiple times a year to bring together LGBTQ+ people of color and heal as a community.
  • Black Transman Inc -
    • Their website states, “Black Transmen, Inc. provides positive and affirming support to enrich the lives of transmen thru EmpowerHIM. The EmpowerHIM program offers self empowerment through mentoring, access to resources, and financial assistance to support his healthy transition and leadership development.” This is a good resource for transgender people of color across the nation.                                                                                 Graphic by Renee Garris
  • Incite! -
    • Incite is working to end violence in their homes, communities, and states to create a safer world for women of color.
  • Muslims for Progressive Values -
    • Muslims for Progressive Values has a goal of reflecting Islam as “a source of dignity, justice, compassion, and love for all.” They have counseling services and use their resources to advocate for human rights.
  • National Black Justice Coalition -
    • The mission of the National Black Justice Coalition is to “end racism, homophobia, and LGBTQ+/SGL bias and stigma.” This organization is working to create policies that advance equity for black individuals, families, and communities. 
  • Trans People of Color Coalition -
    • The Trans People of Color Coalition creates visibility and safe space for transgender people of color.


Resources in North Texas

  • North Texas Pride -
    • “North Texas Pride advocates unity, equality and community integration for LGBTQ and allies through forums and events that promote pride and self-acceptance, education and awareness, and social interaction.”
  • Coalition Aging LGBT -
    • “Our Mission: Improve and protect the quality of life of older LGBT adults in North Texas through coordination and collaborations for health, housing, advocacy, financial security and social services.”
  • Trans-Cendence International -
    • “Trans-Cendence offers peer led support for transgender/gender diverse individua

    • ls as well as peer support for those surrounding them.”
  • PFLAG Denton -
    • PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.”
  • Transgender Education Network of Texas -
    • “TENT is an organization dedicated to furthering gender diverse equality in Texas. We work to accomplish this through education and networking in both public and private forums. Through our efforts we strive to halt discrimination through social, legislative, and corporate education.”
  • Dallas Voice -
    • “The premiere media source for LGBT Texas.”
  • GALA North Texas -
    • “Celebrating diversity & enhancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer North Texans.”

How to Celebrate Juneteenth 2021

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is an unofficial American holiday that is celebrated each year on June 19th. states that it is the day American troops marched to Galveston, Texas in 1865 and announced to all slaves that they were freed.


Why do we celebrate Juneteenth?

The day honors the end of slavery in America because, even though the emancipation proclamation was signed two and a half years ago, slavery was still allowed in the South. Confederate General Robert E Lee surrendered two months prior to June 19th, but the news didn’t make it to Texas and other southern states until then. 


We celebrate Juneteenth today to remember the pain slaves went through and to honor the progress that has been made for African Americans.


How can I celebrate Juneteenth?

Educate yourself.

Educating yourself further about the history of Juneteenth and African-Americans is a great thing to do any time of year, but especially as a way to celebrate Juneteenth.

Listen to a podcast or read a book about the struggles that black people in America face everyday. I recently read a book titled Dear Martin that was an excellent read. It's about a teenage student who is the only black kid in his high school and how he chooses to navigate the world.

Good Housekeeping Magazine recommends watching an independent film titled Miss Juneteenth to learn about the historical Miss Juneteenth beauty pageant. The film will premiere on June 19th, 2021.


Educate your peers.

Unfortunately, many people still do not know about the history of Juneteenth. It’s important for those who do to educate their friends and acquaintances on this important event in American history so our country’s past is never forgotten or repeated.


Sign a petition.

Even though Juneteenth has been celebrated for hundreds of years, it is still not considered a National Holiday. If you want to do more to celebrate Juneteenth than have a cookout with friends, signing a petition is a great way to show your support for the holiday. You can sign a petition to make Juneteenth a National Holiday at


Patronize a black-owned business.

Supporting black-owned businesses is a wonderful way to show your support to the black community any day, but Juneteenth is an especially good time to visit a black-owned business. You can feel good about indulging in a delicious cheesecake when you buy it from Val’s Cheesecakes, a bakery located in Dallas, Texas.


Thank you for taking the time out of your day to educate yourself about Juneteenth and for supporting WeTalkRadio Network!


UPDATE 6/16/2021

Today the US Senate unanimously passed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act. The bill is heading to the House of Representatives for a vote. Juneteenth will become a National Holiday if it passes.


UPDATE 6/17/2021

The house passed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, and President Joe Biden signed it, making Juneteenth a federal holiday.

The History of Gay Pride Month

The History of Gay Pride Month

June is pride month. Pride month is celebrated by members of the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies.


Pride day is celebrated on June 28th each year, and it’s main event is the Pride Day Parade in New York City


How did Pride Month begin?

It began in 1970, as a tribute to the Stonewall riots. The Stonewall riots occurred June 28th, 1969 after police raided a gay club. 


People nearby saw what was happening and began rioting in the streets.The protests continued over six days.


While the Stonewall riots weren’t the first gay rights protests, they had a large impact and made headway for today’s gay rights activist groups.


Immense progress has been made since the Stonewall riots.


What's changed?

Gay Americans were not allowed to join the military until 1993, when President Bill Clinton introduced his “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. This policy only allowed gay Americans to serve in the military if they were not open about their sexuality.


In 2011, President Barack Obama repealed this policy and let gay Americans who were out about their sexuality join the United States military.


Then, in 2015, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage in the landmark Obergefel v. Hodges case.


Why do we still celebrate Pride Month?

Even though leaps and bounds of progress have been made in regards to gay rights in the past century, the fight for equality still remains. Many individuals in the LGBTQ+ community still face discrimination in many ways.

According to Global Citizen, “Hate crimes against LGBTQ individuals are still shockingly prevalent across the country.” Several states still do not include gender or sexuality as hate crimes, and therefore do not have protections in place for when these hate crimes occur. 


Employment and housing discrimination still happens, as well. As of 2017, 20 states have passed non-discrimination laws. More than half of the states in America still have not.


Keep these things in mind this June as the country celebrates Pride Month. We should be grateful for the progress that has been made, and optimistic that things are still getting better.





Living With Severe Anxiety

Living With Severe Anxiety

By Autumn Faggett


Imagine that its Saturday night. You are perched on the most comfortable piece of furniture in your house doing the thing you love the most. Then suddenly, your chest tightens. It becomes harder to breathe even though you were not in a state of activity. Your heart is racing as though you have just run a marathon. You start feeling as though you are in danger. Like there is someone out to get you in your own home. You know that the only people in your house is the people you love, but somehow the feeling of danger still lurks in your mind. The extremity of these physical and emotional feelings continues for what seems like a lifetime, and you start to feel as though your world is ending. 

Then just as quickly as those feelings began, they disappear. You are baffled by what just happened as your body calms down. Without a diagnosis, you go about your business doing what you were doing before, hoping that those feelings do not return. 

You have just had a panic attack. 

Normal people may experience panic attacks one or two times in their lifetime as a response to extreme amounts of stress such as the loss of a family member, or major life changes that involve uncertainty. However, for people like me, who suffer from severe anxiety under a condition called, General Anxiety Disorder (G.A.D), panic attacks happen often without the proper reason to occur. Because anxiety is the body’s natural response to stress everyone at some point will experience anxiety. Anxiety can occur from excitement or somber occasions, but regardless, it will happen. The only difference between normal anxiety and severe anxiety is the rate at which the anxiety occurs. 

In hopes that my story will help someone, I am going to share my story below from the perspective of a southern, African American woman in her early twenties. 

I had my first panic attack when I was thirteen years old. My grandfather was just admitted to the hospital for the first time, and I was in school when my mother first sent me the dreaded text. She was coming to get me out of class early, but at the time, I was eager to leave school just so I could see my grandfather for perhaps the last time. At that moment in time, it was not going to be the last time I saw my grandfather, but my anxiety plagued me with all kinds of worries of what could happen in the hospital while I was not there. I worried so much about not being there when my grandfather died that my body thought that I was in a state of danger, and the panic attack came as swiftly as my worries. My teacher thought that I was having a heart attack and sent me to the nurses that could not figure out what was going on with my body. Eventually, the attack subsided, but the memory of that attack resonates with me today. 

That single attack makes my stomach churn because if I had sought out mental help sooner, I would not have suffered from my anxiety as long as I let myself suffer from it. When my mother picked my twin and I up from school that day, I was too embarrassed and ashamed to tell her that I had an incident with the nurses. I could not bring myself to tell her while her father lay in the hospital. Worrying about the health of my grandfather was only the beginning of all the worrying I would do through high school and my college years. Worrying about things out of my control, about social activities, how I looked, and the perception others had of me prevented me from living my best life during the times I should have been having the most fun. 

My anxiety prevented me from being able to relax and enjoy the things I formally would spend hours doing. My anxiety prevented me from pursuing relationships from people who had a genuine interest in me as a larger woman. My anxiety caused me to stray from the tight relationships I formed in middle school with people who I talked to well-into college because I worried that not talking to them for an extended amount of time made them hate me. My anxiety made me quit jobs over minor mistakes that were easily forgettable, yet I would stay up all night crying over those simple mistakes because I believed that I was bringing everyone down at my workplace. 

And finally, after 12 years of letting my anxiety rule and ruin my life, I finally sought out help at the end of 2020. As a black woman of an emotionally unavailable mother, I was too afraid to seek mental help since my family always had a stigma against mental health. Seeking therapy took the greatest amount of courage I could ever muster from myself. Getting the diagnosis of why I always felt the way I was feeling felt like a boulder was being lifted off my shoulders. Even though my mother teased me over my condition at first, she became slightly more understanding as I educated her on GAD. With the help of antidepressants and calming pills, I now feel like I have the freedom to do things I never would have imagined myself doing. 

I can say with pride that seeking help changed my life for the better. Although I have a long way to go to recovery, just the simple step of seeking help dramatically changed my outlook on life. 

For anyone who is doubting that they may have severe anxiety, I encourage you to look at what your anxiety is making you miss out on. Ask yourself; is this anxiety affecting my relationships? Is my anxiety causing me to ruin my performance at my job or school? Is my anxiety making me miss the best parts of my life? Is my anxiety consistently infiltrating my day-to-day activities? If you have said yes to any of these questions. Please, do not wait to seek help and let your anxiety get out of control the way I allowed mine to.

 You should consult your everyday doctor or licensed professional therapist to help you work through your anxiety, and the symptoms that come with anxiety. Do not wait because you feel embarrassed or ashamed of these symptoms. You cannot help how you feel, and you will only hurt yourself further if you do not seek help. 

If you’re still wondering if you have severe anxiety, please use the link below and use this free quiz provided by Rogers Behavioral Health below.


Thank you for reading my tale. Have a wonderful day and I hope this has helped you understand anxiety a little more!


Taking Care of Me: A story of overcoming anxiety, depression, and trauma

Taking Care of Me

A story of overcoming anxiety, depression, and trauma.

By Keely Messino

I started therapy about a year ago for anxiety, depression, and the effects of past trauma. The journey to wellness has been a roller coaster; there was so much more involved in the journey than I ever could have foreseen. I’m really involved in the process of learning about myself, getting to know all the things about myself, the good things about myself, the things that I like about myself, as well as my flaws and the things that need to be worked o., Everyone has something about themselves that they want to change.


I wanted to work on some deep-seated fears. I struggle with many anxiety triggers due to my disability as well as my past trauma. As time passed, I dealt with the fact that I will never fully “heal” while I am getting better, but instead, I would learn to cope with my mental health struggles. 


Hearing the words “You’re never done healing” was both a gift and a curse. Those words made me feel so conflicted. I know the purpose of those words was to make me feel like I didn’t have to be hard on myself if I were struggling or if I experienced a setback. On the other hand, I’ve been a student for my entire life, all classwork has a deadline, and I wanted to know when I “was supposed to be better” or “how long therapy was supposed to last.” There is no deadline to healing. 


When I was at my lowest, I was sleeping very little, and I was eating sweets to cope with the unpleasant feelings.


The lack of sleep was taking a huge toll on my body and my mind. I would cry myself to sleep at night, and the pain in my body was never-ending. Sometimes I would drink a few glasses of wine just so that I could fall asleep. I finally went to the doctor, and he offered me medication for my pain and my mood. I had so many mixed emotions. I was scared—some people in my family struggle with alcohol abuse. I questioned if the medicine was additive. The doctor told me that addiction was not a risk. 


Within a few weeks, I started to see an improvement. I was calmer, and the pain was almost completely gone. In addition, I was sleeping through the night.


I went to visit family recently; my family noticed the little yellow medicine bottle in my purse and asked what it was for. At first, I didn’t answer; I was worried about being judged for taking these meds. But eventually, the questions became too much, and I talked about my medical issues with my family. There is no shame in taking care of my needs and putting myself first.


Celebrating 4 Asian American and Pacific Islander Changemakers

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month


May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month. Here at WeTalkRadio Network we want to highlight Asian American and Pacific Islander individuals who have made an impact on the world! 


Peter Tsai

One Asian American and Pacific Islander, or AAPI, who has done great things to help our world is Peter Tsai. He is a Taiwanese American who created the N95 mask. He led a team that created the mask while he was a professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Even though he retired in 2018, he came out of retirement in 2020 to help find new ways to disinfect N95 masks. He has been instrumental in getting COVID-19 under control.


Eric Yuan

Another AAPI that has played a big role during the pandemic is Eric Yuan. Born in China, Yuan moved to Silicon Valley in 1997. He quickly got started working on American technology, and founded Zoom in 2011. In 2020, Zoom technology became a huge part of most people’s lives. If it weren’t for Eric Yuan, communicating would have been exponentially more difficult during these trying times.


Lisa Ling

One more AAPI to watch is Lisa Ling. She is a journalist who has been prolific over the last 30 years of her journalism career. She has had many journalistic roles over the years, including being a co-host on The View, hosting National Geographic’s Explorer, and being a special correspondent on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Today, she covers profound topics while traveling across the country on her show This is Life With Lisa Ling airing on CNN.

Rupi Kaur

Additionally, Rupi Kaur is an up and coming AAPI poet. She initially gained popularity by sharing her poetry and associated drawings on the social media website Tumblr. In 2014, she self-published her poetry book Milk and Honey. It covers feminists topics, including immigration, relationships, and trauma. Her book quickly gained popularity on social media, and was re-published by Andrews McMeel Publishing. It has now sold more than three million copies. Rupi Kaur has since published two more books, titled The Sun and Her Flowers and Home Body.


I Didn't Let Anxiety Ruin My Life

My Anxiety Story

In 2019, I was on a family vacation, about to eat dinner at a nice restaurant, when suddenly I began to feel nauseous. I didn’t know what was going, I had never felt nauseous for no reason before. Interrupting the lively conversation about our plans to go to Disney World the next day, I told my parents that my stomach hurt really bad and I needed to go back to the hotel to lie down. After laying in agonizing pain for an hour, I decided that I should go to the ER before things got worse and ruined any more of our trip. 


The doctor at the emergency room said that it seemed that my symptoms were caused by constipation. He gave me some medicine to help me get through the trip, and recommended I see more doctors once I got back home. I was able to get through the trip without feeling too awful, although I did have to skip half of the activities so I could rest up.


Once getting back home, I visited my primary care doctor. After explaining to her everything that was going on, she said that it seemed like all of my symptoms were caused by anxiety and depression. It had never crossed my mind that those were the reasons for my sickness. Mental health wasn’t something that my family and friends talked about often, but I was getting ready to move across the country to go to college, so it made sense that anxiety and depression would go along with it. 


Following my diagnosis, I partook in some reflection. Looking back on my life, it seemed that I had always had a touch of anxiety, but it wasn’t until I got to high school that I started to experience physical and symptoms due to it. I felt nauseous every morning my junior year, and I assumed it was due to lack of sleep. But looking back, I had just started at a new school and hadn’t made many friends yet, so the nausea was actually a symptom of my mental illness. 


Leaving my parents and going to college was just such a monumental event that it set my anxiety and depression over the edge to the point where it began to take over my life. My primary care doctor has prescribed the drug Lexapro to take, to limit my anxiety and depression. I took it for about four months, from July to October, and did not see any changes in my symptoms.


On the contrary, once I arrived at college my symptoms worsened. Being in a dorm made me feel like I was constantly being watched, as there was no privacy. People were always around, which made my social anxiety go off the rails. I began having diarrhea every single day, multiple times a day. It was difficult for me to eat because I felt sick all the time, and when I did I had to use the bathroom immediately after. I had to take Pepto Bismol all the time just to be able to attend class. I weaned myself off of the Lexapro, because it didn’t seem to make a difference and I forgot to take it every once in a while anyways. That was a rough time in my life. 


Over my school’s fall break, in November, I went to see a different primary care doctor to see if she had any different advice than the first doctor I saw had. After explaining my situation and symptoms to her, she agreed that I had anxiety with a hint of depression. However, in addition to that, she diagnosed me with IBS, otherwise known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome. She explained to me that many people with anxiety have IBS, as well, because anxiety can affect one’s digestion. She prescribed a fiber supplement to me, called FiberCon, that was supposed to calm my stomach and help with constipation and diarrhea. 


I have been taking FiberCon everyday for a year and half now, and my anxiety and depression symptoms are as limited as they have been since I began high school. Yes, I do occasionally have an upset stomach when I am stressed about a school project or meeting someone new, but nowhere near the extent that it was my first semester of college. This is all to say that even when you feel like your mental illness is taking over your life, there is a way out of it. Don’t give up on yourself and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.


For those of you that experience symptoms of anxiety and depression like I do, here are some of the coping mechanisms that I employ to take back control of my mind. First, I like to do breathing exercise. I know that this is a common one that most people already know about, but it really does work. When I feel my anxiety start to build up, I take slow, deep breaths until I start to calm down. The great thing about this one is it can be done in public without anyone around you knowing. 


Another thing that I do is sing and dance by myself. Yes, this sounds silly, but it really works. When I’ve had a bad day and am feeling stressed and depressed, I turn on some of my favorite music,do a little karaoke, and have a little dance party for myself. When I do this, it’s hard to get into it at first because I don’t feel happy and I’m not in the mood to sing and dance, but after faking being happy for a few minutes, I start to feel actually happy! Trust me, this works.


WeTalkRadio Network will be posting mental health related content all month long, so make sure to check back often for updates!

10 Ways to Cope With Anxiety

10 Ways to Cope With Anxiety

As a person with anxiety, I know that it can be hard to do even the simplest of things some days. A lot of people associate anxiety with being nervous, but it is much more than that. Anxiety can be debilitating to the point where it can be hard to get out of bed. Some people have panic attacks daily due to the severity of their anxiety. However, I have found some coping mechanisms that make it easier. Here is a list of 10 things one can do to manage their anxiety symptoms.


1. Listen to nostalgic music

Listening to music is a common technique to soothe anxiety because it distracts from stressors as well as has a calming effect. Nostalgic music specifically, such as music from one’s childhood or music that is associated with a happy memory, helps relieve anxiety. Listening to something that used to bring you joy is likely to bring you joy again.

2. Play a simple mobile game

While playing phone games may seem like something that is only appealing to kids, it is actually a great way to cope with anxiety. Next time you feel your anxiety building up, or a panic attack coming on, open up Candy Crush or Fruit Ninja. You may be surprised about how much it helps take your mind off of what is causing your anxiety.

3. Workout

Yes, exercising is something that is commonly recommended to help with anxiety and it doesn’t work for everyone, but it really does help most people. Doing a difficult exercise forces your mind to focus just on the physical movement, and not on the stress inside of one’s head. It releases endorphins that greatly help, as well. Additionally, working out should be fun! If you don’t enjoy the workout you are doing, try something else! Personally, I really like doing dance workouts. They don’t feel like exercise, they just feel like I’m dancing and having fun! If you’re interested you can find tons of dance workout videos on Youtube to try!

4. Do breathing exercises

A common breathing technique that helps my anxiety is 4x4 breathing. Count to 4 while you take a breath in, then count to four as you let the breath out. This slow and controlled breathing serves as a way to concentrate one's focus, as well as slow one’s pulse, which creates calmness and decreases anxiety. 

5. Write in a journal

Another great way to decrease anxiety is journaling. Writing your thoughts in a journal gives your thoughts a place to rest, so they aren’t racing through your brain anymore. Sometimes putting your thoughts into writing is all it takes to make the overthinking stop. Journaling also helps you to process and analyze your thoughts, so something that is causing anxiety may not cause as much once you are able to analyze it through the journaling process.

6. Reduce your intake of coffee and other caffeinated products

As you may already know, drinking caffeine, especially coffee, can spike anxiety. The caffeine in coffee enters the system quickly, which causes an increased pulse, thus increasing anxiety. It also leaves the system abruptly, which can leave you feeling lackluster. If giving up caffeine isn’t in the cards for you, try green or black tea instead. The caffeine in tea isn’t as strong and it enters and leaves your system gradually, rather than quickly and abruptly, therefore it doesn’t have such a bad effect on one's anxiety.

7. Take a bath

A warm, luxurious bath can do wonders for anxiety. The warm water eases tense muscles, which releases tension in the body as well as the mind. Take it a step further and light a candle or throw in a bath bomb to make it a full-on self-care experience.

8. List things you’re grateful for

Sometimes anxiety can put a spotlight on all of the bad things going on and make you lose sight of the good things in your life. To cope with this, it’s helpful to list what you are grateful for. The list can be in your head, or you can create a physical list. If you want to go the extra mile with it, a gratitude journal is a good option, as well.

9. Do a grounding exercise

In high-anxiety situations, grounding exercises can help one focus on the task at hand and stop one’s mind from spinning. There are several different grounding exercises to choose from, but a common one is 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. To complete the exercise, start with a deep breath, then look for 5 things you can see, 4 things you can feel, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste. When you find these things, name them outloud, or at least mouth the words to create a physical experience to go along with the mental exercise. Take a deep breath to complete the exercise.

10. Talk to someone

I know that it can be hard to open up to others about anxiety, because there is a fear that they might not understand why your brain works that way. But if they really care about you, they will not judge you for it and will be happy you opened up to them. Talking to a friend or family member about what makes you anxious can help relieve anxiety, so give a try next time your anxiety flares up.