I thought I’d post this blast from that past, from November 2013. While the Up to Date segment with Matt Rood of Lawrence High School and Casey, then a student at KU, is still great information for parents, it’s amazing how far we’ve come since then. To think that this was cutting edge stuff back in the day! Of course, there will always be opposition to same-sex attraction and gender nonconforming teens and adults, and we should be vigilant as allies to support inclusion. Ask any person of color whether our society has gotten past those biases yet. But we’ve made substantial strides for these young people in the last five years, or more correctly, they’ve made strides for us. When young people can live as who they are, then the rest of our culture learns to do the same. Click on the play arrow below listen to this episode. As you do, consider where we’ve been and then look around your world and think about where we’ve yet to go.
Written by Wes Crenshaw, PhD ABPP CST
Wes Crenshaw, PhD is a Kansas Licensed Psychologist, author, and media commentator. Early in his career, Dr. Wes trained with some of the masters in the field and is skilled and experienced in working with families, teens, and couples. He coauthored the Double Take column in the Lawrence Journal-World weekly from 2004 to 2016. He is a frequent guest in Kansas City area media and writes for Your Teen, Attention, and ADDitude Magazines. Dr. Wes is certified as a sex therapist (AASECT) and Board Certified in Couples and Family Psychology (ABPP). He works both on specific issues of sexuality as well as offering sexuality-informed therapy for individuals and couples experiencing a wide range of mental health concerns. H authored the book, I Always Want to Be Where I'm Not: Successful Living with ADD and ADHD and is currently completing the book Consent-Based Sex Education: Guiding Teens in an Internet Age.