Finding the Courage to Live Your Truth

From the Show: Rewired Radio
Summary: Beck Gee-Cohen has had a truly inspiring and courageous journey on the way to living an authentic life.
Air Date: 12/18/15
Duration: 10 Minutes
Guest Bio: Beck Gee-Cohen
Beckpic-minBeck Gee-Cohen is originally from Los Angeles, CA. Beck completed undergraduate work in the field of Sociology with a focus on Gender, Sexuality, and Addiction from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Beck's undergraduate thesis was a study on addiction in LGBTQ rural communities. 

Beck’s master’s degree is in Addiction Studies from Hazelden. Beck received an Excellence in Writing Award from Hazelden graduate program; the paper focused on training addiction counselors to give better treatment to LGBTQ clients. 

Beck has facilitated trainings and given lectures around the country at conferences, to prisons, to schools, to treatment centers and everywhere in between focusing on LGBTQ communities and addiction. Beck is very passionate about the Transgender community and the effects of addiction, trauma and stigma within the Trans populations. 

Beck continues to train clinicians and facility staff on LGBTQ issues, help facilities establish LGBT inclusive policies, and provide program development for facilities that want to expand their services to LGBTQ populations. 

Beck is currently the Northeast Professional Outreach Representative for The Refuge, A Healing Place in Florida.
Finding the Courage to Live Your Truth
As listeners know, host Erica Spiegelman is a big advocate of authenticity. 

Authenticity is one of the principles in her book Rewired, and it’s an essential building block for living a happy, safe, and sober life. 

But, for people in the transgender community, authenticity can be especially challenging to achieve. 

Beck Gee-Cohen has had a truly inspiring and courageous journey on the way to living an authentic life. 

In the midst of Beck’s transition, Beck was abusing drugs and alcohol, which was making it impossible to live an authentic life. 

Beck discusses finding the courage to live a truly authentic life and how Beck works to help create safe spaces for other members of the transgender community who are striving to live their full truths.