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This Week’s Episode:
Dr. Abigail “Abi” Weissman joins me on this week’s episode. Abi is a clinical psychologist who calls herself an Empowering Supporter and a Self-Love Affirmer. Abi helps people who wish they could fulfill their queer, transgender, religious, liberal, polyamorous, and/or kink selves, but hold themselves back because they are scared they will be unloved, unemployed, and rejected by their loved ones and communities.
In this conversation, you will hear Abi explain the LGBTQIQA acronym and why it is so important to individuals that identify with those classifications. Abi tells her personal stories about coming out in both her sexuality and with ADHD. She explains why coming out as having ADHD was more difficult. There is a high overlap with ADHD and people that identify as LGBTQIQA and Abi discusses this intersection.
Connect with Dr. Abigail Weissman:
[07:33] – We start this conversation by Abi defining “LGBTQIQA” and some of the other terms people use to identify themselves.
[09:13] – Abi shares how she identifies herself. She explains these classifications.
[11:46] – Abi explains how people can decide how to identify.
[13:35] – Abi shares some terms of classification that are used and some of the difficulty in using these terms.
[18:21] – We talk about the series, “Transparent.”
[19:17] – Abi shares her experience with coming out and how her family has handled this news.
[22:01] – Abi explains what it’s like to come out every day.
[26:17] – Abi is visiting this podcast today to come out of another closet.
[27:36] – Abi shares why she finds coming out as having ADHD more difficult than coming out as queer. She goes on to share how she discovered that she has ADHD.
[30:03] – Abi talks about medication.
[32:32] – Abi describes how much about herself she shares with her clients.
[38:17] – Abi is going to a conference on conversion therapy and talks about this situation.
[44:29] – We talk about the intersection of ADHD and LGBTQIQA.
[56:28] – Abi explains why it is important to many people that each letter is in the acronym.
[59:08] – Abi shares some safer sex practices for people with ADHD.
[1:03:26] – We talk about organization and what we’d like to work on in the future.