Araya Baker is a counselor educator, suicidologist, and policy analyst. Baker has published commentary and public scholarship in The New York Times, The Washington Post’s The Lily, Huffington Post, Education Post, Vice, Buzzfeed, The Mighty, The Tennessean, and other platforms. Araya earned a master’s in professional counseling from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and a master’s in human development and psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Tennessee’s Toxic Politics Are Dangerous for LGBTQ Youth
In rural and small-town America, the pervasive dependency on the church to cope with limited outlets and opportunities can deter local government officials from confronting pastors who disguise Bible-bashing as sensational, yet convincing, propaganda....