Stop Saying “That’s So Gay!”: 6 Types of Microaggressions That Harm LGBTQ People

By Kevin L. Nadal, PhD (Associate Professor of Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice – City University of New York) When I was a little kid, I used to hear my brothers, cousins, and friends say things like “That’s so gay!” on a pretty regular basis. I would usually laugh along, hoping with all my might […]

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“But You Speak So Well”: How Latinos Experience Subtle Racism

By Silvia L. Mazzula, PhD (Asst. Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY). Dr. Mazzula is also the President-Elect of the Latino Psychological Association of New Jersey. Last month marked the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and across the U.S., many Americans proclaimed that Dr. […]

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Is It You or Is It Racist? The Insidious Impact of Microaggressions on Mental Health

By Debra Roberts, PhD (Howard University) and Sherry Molock, PhD (George Washington University) Several years ago, I was at a national psychological conference presenting several papers.  I was walking through the lobby wearing an Afrocentric mud cloth jacket when a woman came up to me, handed me her tote and asked me to take her […]