Happy New Year, and good luck with all the good work you are hoping for!
I mentioned to Cecilia B. my idea for a manual that specifically addresses the issue of crisis pregnancy and abortion among LGBTQ people. She thought it was a good idea. I hope you all do, too. I’d really like to develop such a manual with PLAGAL. There is such a need. A draft outline follows this note.
I envision a manual that could be made available online for free through PLAGAL & through the Nonviolent Choice Directory, and publicized to crisis pregnancy organizations, youth centers, LGBT groups, and the like.
I’m a freelance writer as well as a former social worker in the area of crisis pregnancy and other reproductive counseling, and now editor of the Nonviolent Choice Directory (http://www.nonviolentchoice.info/), a gay-friendly, global listing of abortion-reducing resources. So that’s what I bring to the table. And you all have to offer your diverse insights and experiences with this issue in your own community, which in the end will really be what gives this manual its compassion and moral credibility.
I hope this is a project you all wish to take on!
With love and gratitude,
Mary Krane Derr
Crisis Pregnancy in the Queer Community: A Helpful Guide for LGBTQ People & Allies
A joint project of PLAGAL and the Nonviolent Choice Directory
Introduction (Why this manual. Its intended audiences: LGBTQ persons at risk for or currently experiencing crisis pregnancies; their families and friends; helping professionals & volunteers such as pregnancy counselors or youth caseworkers; LGBTQ people & allies who wish to make a difference on this matter).
--Crisis Pregnancy: A Neglected Problem Among LGBTQ Persons (Research & personal stories establishing crisis pregnancy risk among LGBTQ people, especially youth conflicted over their sexual identities.)
--The Lifesaving, Life-Affirming Power of Acceptance (Acceptance by others and one’s self as a preventive for suicide, substance abuse, sexual abuse, unprotected and risky sex, & other problems with a bearing on the incidence of crisis pregnancy & abortion. Some “how to’s” for achieving acceptance.)
--Prevention (LGBTQ-friendly and unborn child- & mother -friendly sex education. LGBTQ-friendly education on preventive methods & safer sex—here can make room for different perspectives such as pro contraception & pro natural methods. But the subject cannot be ignored, especially since education on prevention is so overwhelmingly geared to heterosexuals.)
--When Crisis Pregnancy Happens: Abortion Alternatives
--Making a Difference (Ways to help relieve the problem of crisis pregnancy & abortion in the LGBTQ community. Will cover, among other things, crisis pregnancy aid, adoption, foster care, and guardianship, advocacy for maternal/child assistance after birth.)