16 May 2016 — Understanding LGBTQ, and Supporting Teens


By Club consensus during a 10 January 2016 planning session, the “poll” at the bottom of the Program page has been removed. Members are asked to post a comment each week. If you don’t have something interesting to say–although with our members we know what you have to say is interesting–feel free to say “Present” or “Here” or “Yaba Daba Doo” or write your favorite color, just let us know you were here.


SUNDAY, MAY 22 — 12:30pm to 2:00pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for May! Speaker: Kevin James, City of Los Angeles, plus a visit with our three RYLA attendees.  We gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.  (Meeting reminders: Inspiration, Todd; Pledge, Richard; Four-Way Test, Daniele; Rotary Minute, Brenda; Mini-Craft Talk: Reed.)  BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING TBA, but definitely not that morning at 11:00.


We have launched our Clunkers4Charity fundraiser! If you know of anyone (yourself included) who wants or needs to donate a car for tax purposes, send them to our website…and to the Clunkers4Charity “Link” you see at the right side of this page. Funds we raise will go right into the community for our projects.







Everything starts with understanding.  This week’s Program offers information about a topical issue–one that happens to tie in with an ongoing project of our DPMHS Interact Club, too–and offers us the opportunity to understand more about a community in need of just that understanding. Though the video is a project of Teen Line, the content is relevant to adults and teens alike.


A word from Chris Angel Murphy, MSW, co-producer of the Program video below: “LGBTQ is an acronym meant to encompass a whole bunch of diverse sexualities and genders. You may see several variations of this acronym and no one is more important or “the standard.” Gender and sexuality are far more complex than we give them credit for, so it is okay if the information doesn’t make sense right now. What’s most important is being respectful of people, being open to other people’s experiences, and treating them the way they want to be treated. There are also no set definitions. Know that we are all complex in that we have many different identities (ethnicity, student, sibling, etc.). While there are some general guidelines for the different terminology, it’s always best to ask what it means for the person, even if you think you know what a term means.”

About Teen Line: TEEN LINE was created in 1980 by a group of mental health professionals who, through their personal work with teenagers, realized that a more inclusive approach to adolescent mental health was needed. After extensive research and consultation, TEEN LINE – a teen-to-teen hotline with community outreach services – was born.

TEEN LINE has been an affiliated program of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry since its inception. It is now an affiliated program of Cedars-Sinai’s Department of Community Relations.

TEEN LINE is based on the premise that when teenagers encounter problems, they usually turn first to their peers for advice. Many teens think their parents can’t possibly understand what’s happening in their lives and that their friends might laugh or abandon them. TEEN LINE provides a safe, confidential place to talk things out with another teen who can understand and will listen, but not judge.

This simple act of listening can make a huge difference – sometimes a life-saving one. Each year nearly 9,000 young people call the hotline and more than 30,000 attend our outreaches. Teens know they can trust TEEN LINE – and they do.


If the embedded video does not work, please click here to view it on the YouTube.



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This week’s Program was created by Club Member, and President-Elect, Brenda Bradford.


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7 responses to 16 May 2016 — Understanding LGBTQ, and Supporting Teens

  1. Great info! Thank you Brenda :)

  2. I hope those who view this program do so with an open mind and open heart. May awareness and education be the beginning of acceptance.

  3. Good to know about Teen Line. I’ll be sure to share with my students and their families as needed.

  4. Teen Line is a great resource. Thank you Brenda.

  5. Wonderful program. Students who are treated with respect have quite a different experience in school–socially, emotionally, and intellectually. Understanding is key.

  6. Thanks Brenda! Great program.

  7. Yoko said on June 4, 2016

    I know we still have a long way to go, but I’m glad we are in a society now that it is okay to talk about these issues. Thank you for the information.

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