Renee Baker Professional Counseling

Renee Baker Professional Counseling


Rev. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel is giving a talk tonight online. She represents an intersection of Zen and LGBT. You might take a looksee!

Hope all of you are doing well, hang in there!
Another oldie, not sure where this comes from...
Hi Renee. My partner just opened a great little boutique in Fort Worth. Please take a look!
Dear Renee Baker

Its been a long time. I still keep two cups in my cupboard. The problem with remaining faithful to my old Yahoo group accounts, is that they are now defunct, along with archives. Whatever the intended replacement system was, it does not seem to work at all. Instead, I have just placed a first new poem on my page..perhaps of interest? .If I was not so computer illiterate, posting might have been easier. Still, please feel free to use what you may, and as you would.


Robert J Sparacin
If you can help Bethany, she would appreciate the help.

Renee Baker, PhDEE, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
A general practitioner for mental health issues. All things transgender, le***an, gay, bi, pan, ace, kink, poly...diversity!

Renee Baker, PhDEE, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor

Operating as usual


Happy Halloween Season, everyone!

Happy Halloween to everyone! I hope you enjoy your day and get outside to enjoy the sunshine. Put on a spooky good costume to scare those ghosts away!! :)

A New Procedure Could Expand Reproductive Choices for Transgender Women 10/21/2022

A New Procedure Could Expand Reproductive Choices for Transgender Women

This is exciting news for transgender women on HRT for years, now still having viable option for children.***m-retrieval-essm-transgender-fertility.html

A New Procedure Could Expand Reproductive Choices for Transgender Women Retrieving viable s***m from men with low fertility and from people who have used estrogen therapy for years has been a challenge, doctors say. A new, less invasive technique has promise.



If any of you are in the Houston area, check out this new book and appearance of Phyllis Frye and her biographers. She's a pioneer in the trans justice system and has supported our community for decades. I hope you can go and if you do, let the rest of us know how it was! Get pictures!

IN PERSON - Phyllis Frye - PHYLLIS FRYE AND THE FIGHT FOR TRANSGENDER RIGHTS Brazos Bookstore will be hosting Phyllis Frye in person on Saturday, October 29 at 6pm. Face masks are required to attend the event.


Dr. Marci Bowers....our new WPATH President and the first transwoman to take this role. I'm happy to have her in charge of the organization. Cisgender allies are still vital to the organization of course, but it's nice to have a trans gal at the tippy top for a change. I got to meet Dr. Bowers back in the day at Southern Comfort. WTG Dr. Bowers! :) » Voter Registration 10/09/2022 » Voter Registration

Be sure to register to vote if you haven't already! The deadline is Monday. » Voter Registration Registering to vote in Texas is easy! So long as you are eligible, you will be able to register to vote in your county of residence to make your voice heard in local, state and federal elections.

TX Trans Pride - Dallas, TX 09/29/2022

TX Trans Pride - Dallas, TX

Looking for something to do on Friday night? Try the inaugural Texas Trans Pride event. It's good to get together and celebrate gender freedom! Give it a whirl! :)

TX Trans Pride - Dallas, TX The TX Trans Pride event embraces the trans community and changes how we celebrate the trans people in our lives.

Gender dysphoria covered by Americans with Disabilities Act, federal court rules 09/13/2022

Gender dysphoria covered by Americans with Disabilities Act, federal court rules

With all the political turmoil surrounding trans issues, and the politicians that don't support us, this might be just what we need.

It may take some time, but I'm staying optimistic that we will have the law on our side, even if it is a bit painful right now.

Hang in there, stick together! Network and be proud! :)

Gender dysphoria covered by Americans with Disabilities Act, federal court rules Advocates for transgender people say a federal ruling that gender dysphoria is covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act could halt conservative political efforts to restrict access to gender-affirming care.


Trans Parents, fyi me for the flyer if you like.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evidence for Action Program has funded an international study to understand the experiences and needs of transgender and gender diverse young people in the United States as compared to the Netherlands. This study is a partnership between Children’s National Hospital (Washington, D.C.), VU University (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), and US and Dutch experts in trans health and equity. The study is open to transgender and gender diverse youth who are 11-16 years old. The study is conducted fully online and takes a total of about 3 hours to complete, split across 3 shorter sessions. Families are compensated $200 for their time. The questions included in the study focus on strengths, areas of challenge, and hopes for the future. The ultimate goal of this work is to inform improved care for youth in the United States, including greater access to the supports youth may need. Youth and families are currently invited to join the study from the United States and from the Netherlands. To learn more, please contact the US research coordinator, Abby Fischbach [email protected]

Elevated Access 05/17/2022

Elevated Access

I just learned about Elevated Access through a friend of mine. They provide free flights for those in need of healthcare. This includes care for abortion and trans affirming youth care. Yay!

Elevated Access We connect passengers to volunteer pilots for travel at no cost to access the healthcare they need.

Timeline photos 05/16/2022

In case any of you are having trouble finding formula, here are some ideas...maybe some of the Mexican markets might have options as well.

Texas WIC is working closely with WIC grocers to help WIC families obtain formula. Texas WIC has added alternative options so families can find a formula at the store to meet their baby’s needs without updating their WIC card. For a full list, visit at

If WIC clients cannot find the brands or sizes of formula that is currently written on their card or the alternative brands allowed, they can contact their local WIC office. Clients will need to return to the clinic in order for their card to be updated to a different can size or type of formula. Grocers that accept WIC can be found at on the Find a Store page or by using the Store Locator in the myTexasWIC app.

Please note, if someone has purchased powdered baby or toddler formula with the brand names Similac, Similac PM 60/40, Alimentum, EleCare and EleCare Jr. the first thing they should do is check to see if their formula was affected by the recall at Look at the bottom of the can or container and find the lot number and enter it into the website.

If recalled, do NOT use it and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to get a replacement. Abbott Labs can be contacted at 1-800-986-8540.

If formula was not included in the recall, families can still use it. Many stores are getting new supply of Similac products that were not affected by the recall.

Because babies need a specific balance of nutrients, you should NOT water down infant formula, make homemade formula or give your baby cow’s milk, goat’s milk or other milk alternatives. Read more from a trusted pediatrician at

Owenwood Farm and Neighbor SpaceOwenwood Farm & Neighbor Space 04/27/2022

Owenwood Farm and Neighbor SpaceOwenwood Farm & Neighbor Space

Let me give a shout-out to Owenwood Farm, a new space for healing and including a new Trans Empowerment group. They are just getting programs going, so keep checking back for new stuff!

I'm really excited about this! :)

Owenwood Farm and Neighbor SpaceOwenwood Farm & Neighbor Space Our mission is to create equitable opportunities for our neighbors in Far East Dallas to be known, empowered, and inspired.

Debunking Myths about Transgender Athletes 04/27/2022

Debunking Myths about Transgender Athletes

Well done...

Debunking Myths about Transgender Athletes We sat down with Schuyler Bailar, the first openly transgender NCAA Division I athlete, to break down several myths about transgender athletes, specifically ...


A friend shared this...


Trans parent. If any of you would like to share your experience at GENECIS with the Dallas Morning News, Marin Wolf is writing a story. Her email is [email protected]. She's a good egg. If you want your voice heard, here's a chance!

Timeline photos 04/24/2022

Love this one from Zig Ziglar...

Lambda Weekly 04/22/2022

Lambda Weekly

Check out Lamda Weekly for your local Dallas LGBT voices...either on KNON radio or here with podcast.

Lambda Weekly Listen to Lambda Weekly by KNON Radio on

Emergency Assistance Grants for Families of Transgender Youth in Texas 04/04/2022

Emergency Assistance Grants for Families of Transgender Youth in Texas

Grants for trans families! Fabulous!

Emergency Assistance Grants for Families of Transgender Youth in Texas Jump to Application As families of transgender youth in Texas face alarming new threats of state interference, including seeing their love and affirmation for their children classified as “child abuse,” the Campaign for Southern Equality […]

Dallas demonstrators protest ending of transgender health program at North Texas hospitals 04/01/2022

Dallas demonstrators protest ending of transgender health program at North Texas hospitals

We made the news last night at the Trans Rally!

Dallas demonstrators protest ending of transgender health program at North Texas hospitals The Dallas skyline was lit up Thursday in blue, white and pink to commemorate Transgender Day of Visibility. Trans demonstrators and their allies on Thursday marked the day to protest the ending of a program designed to help minors go through transition.

Mobile uploads 03/27/2022

A beautiful verse by Khalil Gibran.

Khalil Gibran on Fear ❤️

It is said that before entering the sea
a river trembles with fear.

She looks back at the path she has traveled,
from the peaks of the mountains,
the long winding road crossing forests and villages.

And in front of her,
she sees an ocean so vast,
that to enter
there seems nothing more than to disappear forever.

But there is no other way.
The river can not go back.

Nobody can go back.
To go back is impossible in existence.

The river needs to take the risk
of entering the ocean
because only then will fear disappear,
because that’s where the river will know
it’s not about disappearing into the ocean,
but of becoming the ocean.

~ Khalil Gibran♡

Resources for Trans Youth in Texas 03/23/2022

Resources for Trans Youth in Texas

Here is a new website supporting Trans families in Texas. Hopefully the GOP will stop the madness someday, but for now we have to stay strong and stick together. There is a lot of education to do to help people overcome their bias and misunderstanding of trans issues.

I am providing SAFE Trans Youth letters for those that need them.

Be proud everyone! We rock! :)

Resources for Trans Youth in Texas Everybody deserves to feel safe and supported in their community. But trans Texans, especially kids in schools, don’t always feel safe or supported. Are you a transgender, non-binary, or genderqueer Texan, or someone who loves them? Check out our Know Your Rights resources and sign up to become an...


BAM!! Great news!



Here's a good one! :)

Don't forget what you've learned or you'll end up having to learn it again.

City of Dallas, Workforce Solutions, Small Business center team up for Nightwork job expo - Dallas Voice 02/28/2022

City of Dallas, Workforce Solutions, Small Business center team up for Nightwork job expo - Dallas Voice

Are you a night owl? Some potential jobs here for you if you are in need!

City of Dallas, Workforce Solutions, Small Business center team up for Nightwork job expo - Dallas Voice The city of Dallas is hosting a job fair on Monday, March 7, from 6-9 p.m. that will highlight businesses with open overnight positions. The job fair takes place at Gilley’s, 1135 Botham Jean Blvd., which is partnering with the Small Business Center and Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas. The e...

Pledge Now to Take the 2022 U.S. Trans Survey 02/28/2022

Pledge Now to Take the 2022 U.S. Trans Survey

The most important transgender survey needs your help if you are a trans/enby, a family member or friend. Please spread the word or pledge to take the survey! )

Pledge Now to Take the 2022 U.S. Trans Survey The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and partners are excited to launch the 2022 U.S. Trans Survey Pledge (USTS) at Through the USTS Pledge, members of the trans community can now sign up to receive information about the survey, learn how to participate and pl...


ACLU Complaint Form

Regarding the trans youth crisis, here is some information from Lambda Legal...sorry I don't have a link for the original, this is from their pdf file they emailed me.

"Gender-Affirming Care in Texas: What Parents and Guardians Need to Know Background
• On August 23, Rep. Matt Krause requested an opinion from Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office about whether certain types of gender-affirming care could constitute “child abuse” under Texas law.
• On February 21, a week before the Texas primary election, Paxton released a non-binding opinion to express his belief that certain treatments could constitute “abuse” under Texas law.
• Governor Abbott then sent a letter to the Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS), in which he asked the agency to conduct a review of any reported incidents of “abuse” and ordered all state agencies to follow the law in accordance with Paxton’s opinion.
• This opinion and letter are not legally binding.
○ An attorney general opinion and letter from the governor have no legal effect and can’t change Texas law or curtail anyone’s constitutional rights.
○ The attorney general and governor can share their opinions, but it is up to the courts to interpret Texas laws and the Constitution.
• Gender-affirming care is life-saving, medically necessary care. ○ Every major medical association has made clear that treatments like puberty blockers and hormone therapy are medically necessary for certain youth.
○ The AG opinion does not impede parents or guardians from continuing to provide young people with necessary medical care, and the opinion itself states that it “does not address or apply to medically necessary procedures.”
• No court here in Texas or anywhere in the country has ever found that medically necessary gender affirming care can be considered child abuse.
○ The law is clear that parents, guardians, and doctors can provide transgender youth with treatment in accordance with prevailing standards of care.
• Texas law protects families from false reports of child abuse.
○ DFPS cannot remove any young person from their parents or guardians without a court order.
1 This fact sheet is intended to serve as general information; it is not legal advice nor intended as legal advice.
○ Texas law requires courts and DFPS to consider the opinion of medical providers before removing any young person for abuse or neglect, and the legal standards for removal are very high.
• Federal law protects transgender students’ privacy in schools.
○ The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects young people’s private medical information, including whether students are transgender.
○ FERPA prohibits teachers, counselors, and school administrators from asking about students’ private medical information or sharing with others whether a student is transgender.
○ If your child’s privacy rights are violated, you have a right to file a FERPA complaint, and you can also report any discrimination, bullying, or harassment in schools to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.
• It is unconstitutional for the government to deprive transgender young people of necessary medical care.
○ A federal court in Arkansas blocked a law that was the first in the country to try to ban gender-affirming medical care.
○ That case is on appeal and essential medical care is still being provided in Arkansas and in every state.
Can Mandatory Reporters Accuse You of Abuse?
• No one has a legal duty to report someone who is being treated with gender affirming care and/or who is transitioning from the s*x they were assigned at birth.
• The Texas mandatory reporter statute was recently amended to require that the person or professional must have "reasonable cause" rather than having "cause" to believe a young person is abused or neglected.
• Recent changes to Texas law require that a person’s acts or omissions must now evidence “blatant disregard” for the consequences of their actions or inactions that results in harm or immediate danger to the young person’s physical health or safety to rise to “neglect” under law. The conduct must also put the youth in “immediate danger” to constitute neglect.
• Texas law forbids an emergency removal order based solely on the medical opinion of a doctor under contract with DFPS who has not examined the youth. In making a determination as to whether a young person is in immediate danger, the court must consider the opinion of a medical professional obtained by the parent/guardian.
• In other words, there are robust protections in place to protect you against unwarranted intrusions into your and your child’s rights.
If You or Someone You Know Is Impacted or Falsely Accused
● Try to stay calm and remember that you have rights, even though this opinion and letter are deeply concerning.
● Document what is happening and try to get as much information as possible.
● Remember that you and your family have a right to privacy and you do not have to disclose whether your child or teenager is transgender. Nor do you have to disclose any private medical information to anyone.
● You have a right to an attorney and do not have to speak to anyone from DFPS or law enforcement without an attorney.

If you or anyone you know is impacted by this opinion or any false accusations, please reach out to us. We are actively monitoring this and working to ensure that transgender youth continue to thrive here in Texas.
● Lambda Legal:
● ACLU of Texas:

ACLU Complaint Form

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Webinar for Parents in Texas. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. 02/23/2022

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Webinar for Parents in Texas. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

If you have not heard yet, the state of Texas has made gender transitions illegal for those under 18 years of age. This is unconscionable. For those of you that are parents or wish to get involved, here is a link to tonight's webinar with Equality Texas. Please share this if you can and please stay strong during this very dark time.

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Webinar for Parents in Texas. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Webinar for Parents in Texas. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.


Tip of the Day: We all feel angry at times. So what do we do with it? Anger is something we should feel, but be careful not to pass on. Sometimes we are frustrated because something is happening that we wish didn't - such as getting a flat tire. Or sometimes we are frustrated because something didn't happen - like getting passed over for that promotion again. Anger can arise easily in frustration, or hurt too. Sometimes it is really a mask for covering up more difficult feelings, like shame. It helps to sit with the anger and figure out what the emotion was just previous to the anger. In that way, we might have real possibility to deal with the root cause. In this way, we say that anger is our teacher, but we have to want to feel it, to be the student.

Peace to everyone and I hope you are staying safe and warm!

It’s possible
Credit: @inspirationation00 

#dedication #motivationwall #keepgoing #motivationalposts #motivationalthoughts #successaddict #humble #successmore #successlife #ambition #mindsetmatters #hardwork #wealthmindset #billionairemindset #mindsetiskey #hustle💯#motivation #grindszn #grinddontstop #mentality_facts 02/02/2022

It’s possible

Credit: @inspirationation00

#dedication #motivationwall #keepgoing #motivationalposts #motivationalthoughts #successaddict #humble #successmore #successlife #ambition #mindsetmatters #hardwork #wealthmindset #billionairemindset #mindsetiskey #hustle💯#motivation #grindszn #grinddontstop #mentality_facts

Some great advice!

It’s possible • • • Credit: @inspirationation00 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • #dedication #motivationwall #keepgoing #motivationalposts #motivationalthoughts #successaddict #humble #successmore #successlife #ambition #mindsetmatters #hardwork #wealthmindset #billionairemindset #mindsetiskey #hustle💯#motivation #grindszn #grinddontstop #mentality_facts

Hanna Gender Center – Gender Affirming Procedures 01/12/2022

Hanna Gender Center – Gender Affirming Procedures

Good news, everyone! We have a new transgender surgery center in town. Check out Dr. Dany Hanna. He is offering both top/bottom surgery for FTM, MTF and Nonbinary! Yay, I met with him and his wife today and very excited to have them here in Dallas to serve the community! Yay!

Hanna Gender Center – Gender Affirming Procedures A premier gender affirming surgical practice whose sole mission is to provide the best care available to transgender and non-binary patients. The Hanna Gender Center combines the latest surgical techniques with a patient centric approach and expertise .

What happens after you quit smoking? A timeline 01/10/2022

What happens after you quit smoking? A timeline

Hello everyone,
Years ago, I smoked a pack a day of ci******es. For a good five or six years. It was hard to quit, but very worth it. I was wondering how long it takes for lungs to heal and found this article. I thought I would share. It's the new year. A good time to turn over a new leaf! Quitting smoking was hard, but one of the best things I could let go of. We all have our demons! It's good to rise above them!

What happens after you quit smoking? A timeline Quitting smoking can be very daunting, but some of the benefits come much faster than anticipated. In fact, health benefits begin to take effect just one hour after a person has smoked their last cigarette. This article gives a timeline showing the benefits after 1 hour of quitting smoking through t...

Instagram Photos 12/23/2021

A friend shared this terrific analogy!

Love this! 🧡
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A bit of silly...


Happy Holidays Everyone! :)

A powerful poem about what it feels like to be transgender 12/12/2021

A powerful poem about what it feels like to be transgender

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well and getting into the holiday spirit. A friend of mine shared this poem, which I love very much. I wanted to share! Stay empowered everyone. :)

A powerful poem about what it feels like to be transgender "I was the mystery of an anatomy, a question asked but not answered," says poet Lee Mokobe, a TED Fellow, in this gripping and poetic exploration of identity and transition. It's a thoughtful reflection on bodies, and the meanings poured into them.


Are you a Scrooge fan? I love A Christmas Carol and have watched 3 versions already this year (i.e. ,the 1934, 1938 and 1984 versions). We usually think of Scrooge as a grump and a cheapskate miser who is hardly generous. I like to think of him also as someone who is capable of change, one with potential and had a wonderful rebirth. If you know me well, you know I picked my name Renee because it means to be born again. I think this is a great season to shed the old ways and give ourselves permission to start anew. That's my propaganda for the year! Enjoy yourselves this season, be merry, be generous and start anew! As Tiny Tim would say, as well as Scrooge, "May God bless us, everyone!"

Reconciling Ministries Network 11/04/2021

Reconciling Ministries Network

Would any of you like to be a reader at the Nov. 20th Trans Day of Remembrance? You would be honoring transgender individuals that have passed on this last year due to violence.

Pamela Curry is in real need of help for the event. It's not complicated, you only read a name.

Reconciling Ministries Network RMN is working on a new website coming in 2021 that will better serve our growing movement. Thanks for your patience! Reconciling Ministries Network equips and mobilizes United Methodists of all s*xual orientations and gender identities to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms th...


Happy Halloween to everyone! I hope you enjoy your day and get outside to enjoy the sunshine. Put on a spooky good costume to scare those ghosts away!! :)


Good day, everyone!
I am a big fan of the Brain Science podcast with Dr. Ginger Campbell. It's easy to find. If you haven't gotten into podcasts, you are missing a treasure.

The next episode of Brain Science will cover the 5 things you need to know about your brain. Give it a try!

1. Your Brain creates everything you experience
2. Most of what your brain does is unconscious
3. Everyone’s memory is unreliable
4. You are wired to be social
5. You are NOT a “brain in a vat”

Timeline photos 10/11/2021

Still a good one! :)

Today is and we wanted to share some helpful tips!


An oldie, but a goodie...

"Your happiness is determined by how you allocate your attention. What you attend to drives your behavior and it determines your happiness. Attention is the glue that holds your life together… The scarcity of attentional resources means that you must consider how you can make and facilitate better decisions about what to pay attention to and in what ways." - Paul Dolan

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