In the light of the recent mass shootings in Orlando, Jill sat down with members of the LGBTQ community to get their reactions and to discuss the rights and needs of their community. The interview took place just a few days after the horrific event that took place and as the president pointed out, the fact that the attack was first and foremost attack against the LGBTQ community got lost somewhere in all the political rhetoric that followed.
Here are the facts; LGBTQ people are the most likely targets of hate crime in this country according to the FBI. They are twice as likely to be targeted as African Americans and nearly a fifth of the 5,462 so called single biased hate crimes reported to the FBI in 2014 were because of the target’s sexual orientation, or in some cases, their perceived orientation. We believe that this is just the tip of the iceberg because a many of the crimes that take place against the LGBTQ community go unreported.
The guests who have come forward to give their opinions on the subject have all been on the GCH before and are all LGBTQ community members. Christopher Peacock is a practitioner of traditional Asian medicine with a specific focus on serving the LGBTQ community. He was last on the show on episode 17 when he talked about meeting transgender needs. If you haven’t heard that episode we suggest you have a listen, as it’s very interesting. Another guest is Dr. Frank Spinelli. Frank is an MD, a board certified internist, an associate clinical professor at New York Medical College and the author of two books, The Advocate’s Guide to Gay Men’s Health and Wellness, and Pee Shy. We’re also joined by Dr. Maryanne Travaglione who is a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine and a beloved teacher in New York City where she’s taught many generations of acupuncture students including Jill’s husband Noah. She was on the show back on episode 7 where she talks to Jill about making miso soup. As many of you now, Jill is founder of The Yinova Center in New York City. To show our support for the LGBTQ community, The YinOva Center will be administering rainbow colored crystal ear seeds. These crystal ear seeds, in all the colors of the rainbow, are used in $10 acupressure treatments for the rest of the month and into July, with 100% of that money going to The Anti-Violence Project. Walk-ins welcome! The rainbow ear seeds are placed on points that are grounding and calming. We hope to see you there!