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Mark O'Connell

Mark O’Connell, L.C.S.W. is a New-York-City-based psychotherapist in private practice. He is the author of the National Indie Excellence book...

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Silence Is Killing Your LGBT Relatives


All queer people are equally in the crosshairs of homegrown hatred. Our straight families and friends need to recognize this openly and explicitly.

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Stop, Breathe and Think: Tips for Effective Pre-Election Posting


Those who are active on social media during this contentious presidential campaign may find themselves either firing off or being hit with nasty language, or both. Here’s some advice for more civilized participation in online exchanges.

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‘Modern Brides & Modern Grooms’: How Same-Sex Marriage Has Opened Doors for All of Us


The new paradigm explodes restrictive categories and in their place offers greater freedom for both gay and straight couples.

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It Gets Better for Whom?


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The “It Gets Better” project is a grand achievement, and the abundant and various non-famous voices on the website offer much needed empathy and recognition. But we might consider how unhelpfully easy the lucky, privileged, “normal” few can make hope sound.

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Brendon Ayanbadejo and ‘The Other Team’


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The Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens linebacker holds rank as LGBT hero-of the-moment. His postgame interview with CNN’s Don Lemon showcased his well-informed, well-spoken worldliness, as he declared equality for all, regardless of sexuality or gender expression. 

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Death Wish Recognized: A Case for Long-Term Treatment

Who creates a massacre? Can we identify those people? Can they be stopped? Congress hopes to address these questions, but where will these answers come from? Enter the Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety, the Connecticut legislators who will draft a bill, informed in part by public hearings related to the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook.

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Mark O'Connell
Mark O'Connell

Mark O’Connell, L.C.S.W. is a New-York-City-based psychotherapist in private practice. He is the author of the National Indie Excellence book awards finalist “Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other Nontraditional Twenty-First-Century Weddings” (Skyhorse, 2014).  As a Psychology Today expert, he writes the column Quite Queerly. He is also a frequent HuffPost blogger and has written for Out magazine, among others. His clinical writing has been published by Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the Journal of Lesbian and Gay Mental Health. For more information, visit his website.

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