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Lillian Rivera
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Lillian Rivera is a writer, youth advocate and Latina, lesbian mother. She is married to the most amazing Mexican woman, Elsa Vasquez. Most of her work has been focused on the health issues impacting LGBTQ youth, and she is passionate about increasing the visibility of Latina voices. She received her B.A. in theater from Rutgers University and her master's of public health from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

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Statement on the Suicide of 12-Year-Old Ronin Shimizu

(6) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 9:32 AM

On Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Ronin Shimizu took his last breathe. He did this of his own choosing. What he did not choose was the pain that steered him to that point. The taunting from peers led to his parents taking him out of school and home-schooling Ronin...

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Parenting LGBTQ Youth: They Are Not Made Out of Glass -- They Will Not Break -- and They Are Not Broken

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 11:08 AM

When children come out as LGBTQ, parents can experience an over-protective response to the child regardless of their age. They want to put them in the contraption the "bubble boy" lived in and keep them away from the world. They want to be sure no one hurts them. This is...

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Am I Queer? Nope. Just Familia Please

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 5:36 PM

This is a question I ask myself often. A question I battle with constantly. In my work, I am surrounded by people who identify as queer -- but me, not so much. Well, not with the commitment and conviction through which they assume this wide identity.

I prefer to...

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What Mother's Day Means to Our Family

(13) Comments | Posted May 13, 2012 | 1:18 AM

Co-written with Elsa Vasquez

When we think about what Mother's Day means to a family like ours, two moms and a daughter, we think about our journey as a family.

We had no idea what we were in for when we first caught glimpse of that little speck on...

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