PGN Special Edition Coverage

On June 12, we will mark one year since the day that 49 LGBTQ, mostly Latinx, lives were taken by a homophobic (and likely closeted) gunman at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. While one year is enough time for family, friends and loved ones to have progressed through the grieving process to an extent, grief can last for many years, and certainly, the effects of trauma can have a lifelong presence. One year later, both the LGBTQ and the Latinx communities (and the intersection of such) share the burden of a collective trauma — and this comes as an additional layer to the various traumatic experiences across a lifetime associated with being LGBTQ and/or of color in this society.

After working with transgender young people and their families as a therapist, Dr. Elijah C. Nealy was prompted to write a book. The Philadelphia native discussed his new work, “Transgender Children and Youth: Cultivating Pride and Joy with Families in Transition,” with students at the University of Pennsylvania June 23. In the book, Nealy discusses ways parents and professionals can work with trans children and adolescents to ensure healthy and happy lives.

“The Evolution of a Cro-Magnon”

By John Joseph

Autobiography

Joseph, a legend in the New York hardcore scene as the singer for the Cro-Mags, lays it all out in the gripping new autobiography. Even if you have no interest in the hardcore punk or crossover-thrash music his band pioneered, his story is a compelling read.

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