In this week’s episode of In the Den, Jen talks with community organizer and political activist Chelsea Gaona-Lincoln about strategies to find balance while advocating for our queer children, particularly during the legislative season where so many bills are being introduced that could harm our kids. They discuss ways to practice self-care and maintain balance between advocacy and home life, along with stressing the importance of modeling resilience and self-care for our children.
Special Guest: Chelsea Gaona-Lincoln
Chelsea is a queer, Chicana, proud momma and wife, born on the ancestral lands of the
Shoshone Bannock and Paiute people, known now as the Treasure Valley. After receiving her BA in psychology and minor in education from the College of Idaho, Chelsea spent 18 years in the mental health field, the majority of it as a behavioral therapist with neurodivergent youth, while building up her political stamina in her spare time. She currently works as a lobbyist and consultant in community centric organizing and political advocacy. She is also a birth doula and reiki practitioner.
Chelsea serves as the Executive Director for the statewide- volunteer run non profit, Add the Words, Idaho. What was initially formed as a PAC with a one piece of legislation focus, (adding “sexual orientation and gender identity,” to the Idaho Human Rights Act), Chelsea flipped into a community centric non profit doing mutual aid work, community education and statewide advocacy; while moving through an intersectional and radically inclusive lens.
Links from the Show:
Chelsea’s website: https://www.liberationinmotion.com/
Add the Words, Idaho: https://www.addthewords.org/
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