The intent of this type of post is to periodically…
The intent of this type of post is to periodically give you a recap of some cool articles that relate to the LGBT community and to business. This post examines three articles: an interview with an out journalist who is a trailblazer in his own right, one about handling information overload in today’s complex world, and another fights back against anti-transgender rhetoric!
by Rebecca Juro
An exclusive interview from The Advocate: When Thomas Roberts came publicly out in 2006 he was already a highly respected journalist and television personality. After a brief stint with CNN he joined MSNBC and has continued to break down barriers with inclusive coverage of LGBT issues on the network. While others were focused on same-sex marriage and ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ in their media coverage, Roberts had been also shedding light on ENDA (Employment Non Discrimination Act) and other issues affecting LGBT. Recently he came under fire for traveling to Moscow and hosting the Miss Universe pageant. It came at a time when Russia had enacted its anti-LGBT laws. Instead of boycotting, Roberts proudly hosted the event as “a journalist, an anchor and a man who happens to be gay”. Time can only tell if Thomas Roberts would have an MSNBC show focusing on LGBT concerns.
by Lisa Evans
Using the principles of neuroscience, Daniel Levitin, psychologist and neuroscientist writes that exposure to today’s information flow is overwhelming the human brain. The human brain has not quite adapted to the information onslaught, according to Dr Levitin. The effect? Mental Fatigue. Levitin suggests four ways to retrain the brain to handle information overload. (The first step) could be done with post-its (or plain paper): Externalizing data or putting things on paper. Writing it manually helps the brain encode the information through muscle memory. (Secondly) Dr. Levitin suggests that decision-making should be done in the morning to lessen decision fatigue. Better decisions are made when the neuro cells are still fresh. (Thirdly) He also that an organized physical environment lessens burden on the brain. Having designated places for commonly misplaced items like keys, glasses and cellphones alleviates the pressure to recall things. (Lastly) Dr. Levitin posits that ‘multi-tasking is a misnomer’. It is actually rapidly shifting attention from one thing to another which use up the brain sooner. Rather than a fast-paced attention see-saw, he suggests concentrating on one item at a time with sustained attention.
This informative article responds to anti-transgender talking points published in conservative op-eds, which became widespread after Time’s recent cover story, ‘The Transgender Tipping Point’. This anti-transgender language can fool a reader who has no scientific knowledge of the issues. When examined closely by peer-reviewed medical consensus and law, these talking points are weak at best.
These include the points that transgender people are mentally disordered and that transgender identities are delusion. APA (American Psychiatric Association) has categorically stated that gender nonconformity is a not a mental disorder and it does not fit the psychiatric definition of ‘delusion’. Scientific data shows that chromosomes also do not always define sex and gender and there is very strong evidence of biological origins of transgender identities. What is clear is that transgender identities appear to be a genuine mismatch between primary sexual characteristic and neurological phenotypes during prenatal development. Another disturbing point is when the increased statistic on transgender suicide rate is seen as a proof that they are mentally unstable rather than reflecting a combination of minority stress and the lack of access to affirming health care. Decades of peer-reviewed research show that affirming care is the most effective way of dealing with gender dysphoria.