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As we continue our series speaking with young people who are biracial and identify as part of the LGBTQ community, on this episode, I speak with Jalen Little.
Jalen is a junior at Tufts University studying Human Factors Engineering. He grew up in Waterbury, Connecticut. Jalen is biracial, with two mixed-race parents and currently identifies as a black and Hispanic queer person.
Jalen tells us his painful story of growing up in an abusive home, and how he rebuilt his life after facing years of objectification, self-harm, and more.
Listen in as we talk about:
How Jalen’s sexual identity has changed over the years
The difference between Queer and Non-binary in Jalen’s opinion
How coming out to friends differed from coming out to his parents
The abuse Jalen faced from his dad partially because he was queer
How that abuse led to self harm and a lack of self-confidence
The correlation between race and sexuality, and the objectification of Jalen’s “blackness”
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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