• Jesse Heaton

    Jesse Heaton

    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

    Jesse's Bio:
    I graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and am now in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program here at CSS. I played on the baseball team at CSS for four years. I was also a statistics tutor and currently work as personal care assistant in Duluth. I love the outdoors, hunting fishing, hiking, etc. While being at St. Scholastica I have noticed the “family” atmosphere and I am truly enjoying every second of it.

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Psychosocial Presentation

Yesterday in my Psychosocial class, a 2nd year course in the physical therapy program at CSS, we had 3 speakers from the area come in to talk with us about the LGBTQ culture. For those that do not know, LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer. The speakers discussed their backgrounds and personal experiences, both positive and negative, with health care. Two of the speakers considered themselves lesbians and one considered himself gay.  The purpose of the presentation was to give us students a better perspective on the LGBTQ culture so that we can be better healthcare professionals in the future by having a better understanding of their culture.

The following are some of the notes I took during the presentation, including quite a few definitions because I think that is something that a lot of people do not understand about the LGBTQ culture; the terminology used and what they truly mean. This blog is more of “tid-bits” of information that I thought were important from the presentation and worth sharing. If you are a college student at CSS or considering the college, please know that we have a very diverse campus that is open and loving to ALL.

Cultural competency – inclination to learn about and then interact effectively with people of different cultures and socio-econimc backgrounds

Alfred Adler from LGBTQ lens – “We all need …to feel significant (same sex marriage), to belong (40% children who are homeless are LGBTQ) – often will assemble groups of people (a.k.a. chosen families), to be safe (many hate crimes still exist).


Honor preferences (pronouns, preferred names)

Presume nothing (sexual identity and gender identity may not always be in line, i.e. transgender and be gay or straight).

*Never stop learning about other people*

Binary vs. Non-Binary example: If there were only 2 descriptions for things such as Short and tall, happy and sad = binary system…We know there are many  more descriptions within the spectrum of height and feelings and this is the same with gender and sexuality (There is much more than straight and gay/not straight).


Queer – symbol of pride, representing all individuals who fall out of the gender and sexuality “norms” (umbrella term)

Non-binary – way to describe one’s gender or sexual identity outside male/female gender system or two sexuality (gay/straight) system

Pansexual – (non-binary term), person who experiences sexual, romantic, physical, and/or spiritual attraction for members of all gender identities/expression (we like people)

Cisgender – description for a person whose gender identity (brain tells you), gender expression (safe can honor what brain is telling and express that) and biological sex (given at birth on ID) all align i.e. man, masculine, male

Transgender- person who does not identify as cisgender (do not have 3 way match)

(Transgendered – rid of “ed”, you just are, it is not something that happened. We don’t say maled or femaled)

Non-gender – description for a person who not identify with any sort of gender

Genderqueer – identifies as both male and female, neither male nor female, and/or moves across genders in expression

Intersex – person with a set of sexual anatomy that doesn’t fit within the labels of female or male (i.e. 47 chromosomes, XXY genotype, having uterus and penis)

Two-spirit – term traditionally used by native people to recognize individuals who possess qualities or fulfill roles of both genders

Cross-dressing – behavior of wearing clothing that conflicts with the traditional gender expression of your sex and gender identity

Ally – straight cisgender person who supports queer people

What is key to understand is that no matter what term(s) an individual classifies themselves under, it is pertinent to know that they are first a PERSON with unalienable rights deserving of the utmost dignity and respect.

Micro-affirmations is another term that we, as people and as healthcare professionals, should know of and incorporate into our life and practice. Micro-affirmations are to do small things to provide a safe space and allied work for the LGBTQ culture.

Top 3 things to be culturally considerate when working with LGBTQ culture in healthcare:

  1. Be respectful to ALL people (don’t use harsh/hurtful terminology), be COMPASSIONATE – care for all people, it is what we signed up for with healthcare profession
  2. Let people share what they want to, don’t prod
  3. Create a safe space and if someone does come out to you, consider it an honor (exist in the closet with them because they may not want you to go telling other people, not everyone may be culturally understanding)

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