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This month, I wanted to share stories of young people who identify as bi-racial and gay and to hear about their experiences growing up in a world that may not always be so understanding.
The first episode in this series is with Patrick, a 4th year business major at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He grew up in Auburn, Maine and was a big part of the BLM movement and has continued his advocacy work for the LGBTQ+ community.
Listen in as we talk about:
The complexity of having a racist grandfather and a homophobic father
How Patrick knew he was gay
His deep fear of coming out to his parents
How Patrick’s aggression and isolation manifested into anger
The challenges Patrick continues to face as a bi-racial young man
Why neither the white nor black community fully accepts him
Susan E. Casey, MSW, MFA, is an author, a licensed mental health clinician, a certified bereavement group facilitator, a certified life coach and a podcaster. Throughout the past 29 years, Susan has worked in hospice, in-patient, and home-based settings with teens and adults, and taught numerous courses to executive leaders and clinicians.
Currently, Susan works for a measurement-based care organization, providing clinical coaching to therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists countrywide to improve mental health outcomes for youth and adults.
Susan’s blog on her website, susanecasey.com, chronicles her grieving process following the death of her younger brother. Her fiction has won numerous awards, including first place in the PEN/Nob Hill Literary Contest and Green Writer’s National Literary Contest. Rock On: Mining for Joy in the Deep River of Grief is her first work of nonfiction published on February 14, 2020 by Library Tales Publishing. Both Susan’s professional and creative work have been guided by her deep belief that every individual has purpose and inherent strengths and deserves the opportunity to reach their own unique potential. Please be sure to check Susan's podcast, L.E.A.P https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/trailer-welcome-to-the-l-e-a-p-podcast-with-susan-e-casey/id1573809035?i=1000526765528
Susan lives in Maine with her husband Steve and miniature aussidoodle Rocky
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