LLL054 Elizabeth A. Webster: What the Hell Was I Thinking?

Elizabeth Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Elizabeth Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

What do you do when your find out your child has a disability? If you’re Elizabeth, you help other families who have children with autism. Elizabeth tells Lanna about how her oldest son came into her life, from her days as a Catholic Missionary living in Taiwan, to the adoption process, to his autism diagnosis. Elizabeth brings her exuberant personality fully forward and talks about her work with Easter Seals, educating families and law enforcement with information and strategies for living and working with children who have autism. They talk about spirituality, sacred sexuality and finding ways that people with disabilities can be sexual adults. They laugh a lot. They have a not-so-surprise guest! Elizabeth also talks about her next projects, and her passion for empowering women. And she answers 10 questions.

Elizabeth A. Webster

Elizabeth is the mother of two wonderful boys, uh, I mean “young men”. The first was adopted in Taiwan, ROC in 1990 at 6 mos old, and was diagnosed with autism and bi-polar disorder when he was 11 years old… the second was born in 1997 and is an awesome brother, trumpet player and outstanding citizen.

Elizabeth works as an Autism Support Specialist with Easter Seals NH with families and as an educator about autism to caregivers, educators, emergency responders and law enforcement across the state of NH.

She is blessed with a network of amazing and magical friends and wonderful parents. <3

The 411: Elizabeth A. Webster

#014 Sarah Holmes: Dyke Pride

Sarah Lounges with LannaLee and Gets a couch!

Sarah Lounges with LannaLee and Gets a couch!It’s Gay Pride week in the Portland Maine area and to celebrate, LannaLee lounged with the lucious Sarah Holmes to talk about pride, gender diversity and the Dyke March. Sarah schools Lanna on Stonewall and how the whole pride movement began. They talk about that marriage thing-a-ding. Sarah gives the finer points about the 7th annual Portland Maine Dyke March. And she answers 10 questions.

Sarah Holmes is the Assistant Director of Student Life and Diversity, and Coordinator of the Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity at the University of Southern Maine. She is very active in the LGBTQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and allied) community. Among her involvements, she is one of the founders of the Portland Maine Dyke March, serves on the board of GLSEN Southern Maine (the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network supports gay straight trans alliances in schools), and is an adult advisor with PRYSM (the Proud Rainbow Youth of Southern Maine, supporting LGBTQA youth age 22 and under). She and her partner, Anna Schwartz, live in downtown Portland.

The 411: Sarah Holmes

Here is where you can find Sarah online.

We also talked about Southern Maine Pride [Saturday, June 16th, 2012].

[Recorded 06/11/2012]