YW Blog

On Becoming An Accidental LGBTQ Activist

August 29, 2014

Carolyn Sherer, an award-winning fine arts photographer, was born in Jasper but her military family traveled extensively, shaping her worldview of shared humanity amongst great diversity.

Finding Home in Other Worlds

July 15, 2014

 

Shaina Shealy grew up in Birmingham, AL and was lucky enough to experience four Anytown summers!  She now lives in Jerusalem where she studies Islam and the Middle East. 

Nurturing Inclusive Communities: June Roundup

June 26, 2014

Each month, the blog will bring you a monthly roundup of the highlights in national and local news relevant to social justice topics. Our goal is to hit major news, but also include a few pieces that you may have missed.

Our One Year Anniversary

June 10, 2014

When we started the blog a little over one year ago, we had a rough vision of where we wanted to take it.  We knew we wanted it to be social justice driven and relevant to our Birmingham community—one half of the YW’s mission is eliminating racism. Anytown and Heritage Panel, both of which have been featured on this blog, are a few exa

Find Your Passion, Support It

May 27, 2014

Maggie McDonald serves the YWCA Central Alabama as Senior Director of Development.  Prior to joining the YWCA she served several different roles in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Birmingham-Southern College as well as Executive Assistant to the President.

Gentrification: A Photo Essay

May 20, 2014

Mary Chiles was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She spent three years working at the YWCA post-college as a child care teacher and as an AmeriCorps member in the Social Justice department. Mary now lives in San Francisco, CA. 

Today's Slavery

May 13, 2014

Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith works with Human Rights First to address trafficking of women and children. This became her passion after work with a client took Linda to South America and stimulated a well-rooted concern for women and children living in impoverished situations.

The Importance of Acceptance

May 6, 2014

Amanda Wilson is the Executive Director for PFLAG Birmingham (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).  She and her husband, Ed, have lived in Birmingham for 34 years. They went to their first PFLAG Birmingham meeting in October of 2004 after their son Evan came out to them.  Amanda is also in this year’s Leadership Birmingham class.

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