Last year, my May/June issue of the American School Counselor Association publication, School Counselor arrived and I have to admit I was both a bit surprised and immensely proud. The entire issue had been devoted to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) issues in schools and in school counseling.
As a strong advocate for LGBTQ students in schools, I felt this issue could not have been more timely or more important. As I've previously discussed, LGBTQ students are bullied and harassed at a higher percentage than their straight peers, and the media has informed us of these adolescents taking their own lives as a result. By sending this publication to all of its members, ASCA was helping to educate school counselors across the country about strategies they could utilize to help these students. Through this, counselors were better prepared to address and assist LGBTQ students in need, possibly even saving lives.
Thus, I am thoroughly thrilled that this magazine won the Association Trends Gold Award for this publication. Congrats to ASCA for a job well done, and thank you for advocating for all students.