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Raven Mardirosian holds an M.A. in English (City College/CUNY) and is a published writer, teacher and speaker. She is also an accomplished photographer. For many years, she taught high school English in the NYC, MA and VT public school systems and now is a writing coach for clients who wish to improve their communication skills.
Jim Nixon is with the...


Raven Mardirosian holds an M.A. in English (City College/CUNY) and is a published writer, teacher and speaker. She is also an accomplished photographer. For many years, she taught high school English in the NYC, MA and VT public school systems and now is a writing coach for clients who wish to improve their communication skills.
Jim Nixon is with the Metro Wellness and Community Center and the premier Tampa Bay LGBT publication Watermark.

 



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  • Reverend Jacki Belile, an ordained American Baptist minister, founded Living Well Ministries in Chicago in October 2007. People of all sexual orientations and gender identities are welcome at LWM classes and retreats. Inspired by the Welcoming and Affirming Churches Movement and the Faith and Health Movement, Jacki serves those who seek "living well" with others. The Soulforce Equality Riders give us an update from the road.






  • Jennifer Storm has traveled the country giving keynotes, lectures, workshops, and panel discussions regarding victims’ rights, LGBT rights, addiction and recovery, and civil rights. Her first memoir, "Blackout Girl: Growing Up and Drying Out in America", was published in 2008 by Hazelden Foundation. Her second memoir is "Leave the Light On: A Memoir of Recovery and Self-Discovery...






  • Host Robin Hankins discusses how As I Am began and how she hopes to help people live more authentically and to reconcile with their families of origin and faith communities.






  • Equality Florida Lobby Days and Equality Ride update.






  • Thom Bierdz is compelled to create. Born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Thom did well in school and had big dreams. At 20, he left for Hollywood, and four years later landed a leading role as Phillip Chancellor III on The Young And The Restless. At the end of his three-year contract, he left the show to pursue film roles, but just one month later, an unspeakable tragedy altered Thom's path when his paranoid schizophrenic brother, Troy, killed their mother.

    In the years following the murder, Thom found little personal satisfaction in his acting and began transforming his thoughts, emotions, and subconscious into color and texture on canvas. Painting allowed Thom, in his words, "to make sense of the senseless; to make something beautiful out of something tragic." This need increased when his remaining brother Gregg committed suicide during a paranoid depression.

    Thom questioned his own mental stability due to this history of...