Archive for September, 2014

Speaker: Tara McBride (Thursday, October 2, 2014)

Attorney Tara McKenzie Allison

Attorney Tara McKenzie Allison

Yes, for previous students… this is the same Tara (she got married!) 

Tara McBride will be visiting my HDFS 5440 classroom on The Ohio State University Main Campus (Campbell Hall, Room 143) on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 11:10 am  to 12:30 pm. Tara is a local attorney who graciously offers her time to my students. Active in the local LGBT community, Tara is a tireless activist supporting equal rights for all people. Her brief presentation is followed by an informative Question&Answer period. Previous students have described her visit as life changing… and that echoes my sentiments.  She is amazing. If you are in another instructor’s 5440 or you’ve taken it with me previously… YES, you may come. But it’s standing room only… you may need to grab a square of carpet. If you wish to bring a friend? Same thing applies. Make certain to tell them that chairs aren’t part of the bargain.

This IS an extra credit opportunity for students in my 2367 class.

More about Tara:  In 1987, Tara received her undergraduate degree in Marine Engineering, from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. Following graduation, she served as a Commissioned Officer in the US Navy. After being honorably discharged, Tara worked as a nuclear engineer for over a decade. She is a licensed Professional Engineer. In 1999, she partially completed a MBA degree, at the College of William and Mary, before relocating to Columbus. In 2005, Tara graduated from Capital University Law School, cum laude, passed the Ohio Bar Exam, and was admitted to the Ohio Bar. Following graduation from law school, she has served as General Counsel / Contracts Manager for a mid-sized, construction-industry company, in Lexington, KY. In 2008, she relocated back to Columbus, in order to start her own law practice. She is a member of the Columbus Bar Association and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. She practices primarily in the areas of domestic/family law, Lesbian, Gay, Bi, and Transgender law, contract law, construction law, and civil litigation. Tara is an active public speaker on LGBT-related issues; she has spoken numerous times at The Ohio State University, The Ohio State University Law School, Capital University Law School, Dennison University, Ohio Northern University, Transylvania University, Columbus Alternative High School, the King Avenue United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio, and the LGBT Subcommittee of the Columbus Bar Association. She has been a presenter at the TransOhio Annual Transgender and Ally Symposium (2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011). She has also spoken on LGBT issues at the 2010 Ohio Diversity and Leadership Conference, the 2011 Equality Ohio CAUSE Conference at Columbus State Community College, before the Columbus Community Relations Commission, and the Columbus Police Academy.

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Speaker: C.J. aka technicolor (September 25, 2014 @ 11:10 am)

technicolorAs a community educator, C.J. spreads a sex-positive message on-the-clock and off. She will be on the Ohio State University’s Main Campus this semester to discuss sex toys and their care. After sharing her experiences working at an adult toy store, she’ll answer questions about the types of merchandise offered at stores like GCJ: ( The Garden , The Chamber, and The Joint).

C.J. will be speaking in my HDFS 5440 classroom on The Ohio State University Main Campus (Campbell Hall, Classroom #143) from 11:10 am to 12:30 pm on September 25th. If you are in another instructor’s 5440 or you’ve taken it with me previously? YES, you may come. Students are welcome to bring guests (provided the individuals are over 18 years of age, respectful, and open minded). Please note: This is a full session which means that extra guests will be sitting on the floor or standing. Plan accordingly.

C.J. is willing to stay after class to talk further with students. She wishes to remind students that they are eligible for a 10% student discount at her stores by showing their Student I.D. Cards.


C.J.’s Video Choice: Sex by Lovage

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Clothes Swap to Benefit missing and trafficked people

What if your daughter or a friend’s daughter went missing? What would you do?
SOAP will be hosting its First Annual Clothing Swap fundraiser. Funds raised will help support the upcoming Quarter Horse Congress Outreach in Columbus as well as Theresa Flores’s Participation in the cross country road rally- Fireball Run to find Missing Children. 
Attached you will find two fliers about an upcoming event to raise funds for the fight against Human Trafficking.  
  1. The first flyer requests a contribution of gently used clothing; jewelry; shoes; accessories.  What better time to clean out your closet as we begin to transition to the fall?  Even with today being one of the hottest days of the year, fall is just around the corner!

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  1. The second flyer describes how these clothes will be used in the fight against human trafficking.  As the flyer states, the “clothes swap” will take place on Saturday, September 20, 9 am – 4 pm at Villa Angela Care Center on Karl Road.

clothes swapIf you cannot take part, please feel free to download and forward these flyers to your friends and organizations:



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(Columbus, Ohio) Free Walk-In Testing (HIV/Chlamydia/Gonorrhea) + Syphilis Testing Information at end

The Student Life Multicultural Center (MCC) partners with the Student Wellness Center (SWC) to offer free walk-in HIV/Chlamydia/Gonorrhea testing site on campus. During Fall and Spring semesters, testing will be offered every Tuesday between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. in the Student Life Multicultural Center starting September 2nd. Walk-in testing is on a first-come, first-serve basis; the last client is 30 minutes prior to the end time. For more details visit
Now Offering Free Syphilis Testing every 1st Tuesday from 5 – 9 p.m.
Testing is confidential, blood will be drawn and results will be available in 5 days.

The Student Life Multicultural Center and the Greater Columbus Mpowerment Center (GCMC) will offer additional HIV and STI testing every other Wednesday in the Student Life Multicultural Center from 6-9pm. Wednesday testing dates will be:
  • September 10th
  • September 24th
  • October 8th
  • October 22nd
  • November 5th
  • November 19th
  • December 3rd
All are welcome! GCMC strives to be a visible voice and a vehicle for accountability with the goal of ending stigma and providing mental and social support for the community members. For more information about GCMC visit
Please take advantage of the services provided. If you would like more information, please contact the MCC at 614-688-8449 or email us at

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Dear Daughter: I Hope You Have Some Fucking Awesome Sex

Rapunzel by Ernst Liebermann (1922)

Rapunzel by Ernst Liebermann (1922)

I stumbled across this post while researching recently and simply had to contact the blogger. With his permission, I am linking to it here as well as including it in course materials for HDFS 5440.

I highly recommend it.  And the take-home message is a good one for ALL of us, not just daughters:

“Now get out there and find all the things you fucking love, and vice versa.”

Read the entire post here:

Dear Daughter: I Hope You Have Some Fucking Awesome Sex..

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Summertime may be in our rearview mirror, but today felt far too summery to be inside.  My HDFS 2367 class trekked outside to the bank above Mirror Lake . While we read (and talked) about Arlie Hochschild‘s book – The Second Shift – we enjoyed some vitamin D courtesy of Mother Nature.

AU14-HDFS2367 (Tue/Thu) Class

AU14-HDFS2367 (Tue/Thu) Class [Panoramic photo by Anita]

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