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14 Stories to Celebrate Pride Month at Antioch

As we celebrate Pride Month, we want to commemorate and lift up the voices and stories of remarkable Antiochians who identify as LGBTQIA+ or are working to support and raise up the voices of these communities and forge a path forward in the ongoing struggle for LGBTQIA+ rights and visibility. Here at Antioch, we believe in confronting historical injustices while proactively providing support and working to dismantle systems of erasure—and always advocating for inclusive futures.

This work takes place in the core work of our university: Antioch’s academic programs. In 2006, Antioch became the first university to offer an LGBT-Affirmative Psychology Specialization, a groundbreaking program that equips students with the knowledge and skills to practice LGBT-affirmative psychotherapy. In New England, our Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is the first in the country to offer a Certificate in Trans-Affirmative Clinical Practice. And students and faculty in that program have founded CMHC Spectrum, a group that works to raise awareness about LGBTQIA+ issues by encouraging Antiochian clinicians to become involved in preventative healthcare. To name one more example, for over a decade, the COLORS program in Los Angeles has provided free, affirming therapy to LGBTQIA+ youth under 25 and their families.

This Pride Month, we hope you will join us in exploring these stories of people across our university who are sowing the seeds of futures where diversity of gender and sexuality is affirmed and normalized.

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  • Chris Tompkins ’22

    Chris Tompkins ’22 (Los Angeles, MA in Clinical Psychology, LGBT-Affirmative Psychology Specialization) had their book, Raising LGBTQ Allies: A Parent’s Guide to Changing the Messages from the Playground, published by…