Take Root Therapy June Newsletter

We highlight the importance of a chosen family, celebrate Queer Pride, and learn about the mental health needs of fathers.
A Letter From Our Founder


Hi folks,

Happy Pride Month!

I know I’m late. I had dreams of sending this out to you at the start of the month so that we could highlight all of the pride events.

And then life happened, and for me, that included a challenging conversation with my parents about my identity as a bisexual/pansexual woman. I had already decided on writing this month’s blog article on the importance of chosen family, and I found myself relying heavily on my chosen family as I processed. So instead of working on our blog article or newsletter, I let myself be cocooned by my loved ones. It’s exactly what I needed.

If you identify as LGBTQIA+, genderqueer, gender nonconforming, or nonbinary, I hope you have been celebrated and are celebrating the wonderful you that you are. And if you are fortunate enough to love someone in this world, I hope you have continued to show up for them.

If you’re still trying to find your chosen family or need help knowing how to best show up as an ally, please check out our article. And if you need any additional support with this or anything else, please reach out. Our email address is info@takeroottherapy, and you can reach us by phone or text at (323) 388-5578. We’re here and want to help.

Saba Harouni Lurie (she/her/hers)

On The Blog

Where Can I Be Loved and Accepted?: The Importance of Chosen Family for LGBTQIA+ Individuals

During college, I often felt homesick. I would experience this longing to go home, and when I finally did, I was disappointed. What I longed for had never really existed, or at least not where I imagined it would be. Being accepted fully, being seen and loved and celebrated, is not something my birth family could offer. While we still have a relationship, their love comes with stipulations and conditions, including the condition that I hide parts of myself.

That’s not the case with my chosen family…

How to Help

Art Tuesdays with Big Sunday

Big Sunday brings people together to make mosaic suns that they donate to brighten up shelters, schools, hospitals, and other places all around town! They can use your help! You don’t need to be artistic; just sincere.

The events will take place at their new Big Sunday headquarters on Tuesdays 10am-12pm.

4351 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles

Space is limited so sign up soon!

Community Events

The Queer Fair!

Community Solidarity Project presents: Queer Fair 2023!

Celebrate queer lives at the second annual Queer Fair in Los Angeles!

This year has been horrific for trans youth and adults. Queer Fair felt more important than ever for the folks at Community Solidarity Projects. They’re looking forward to sharing a beautiful, powerful space with everyone. Join them for a day of queer joy and power through art, music, resources, and vendors.

This event is FREE and open to the public.


Saturday, July 1st
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM


First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles
2936 West 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Family Day of Service: Supplies for Student Success 2023

Join Assistance League of Los Angeles (“the League”) on Saturday, July 15th for a fun, family-friendly, donation drop-off event benefiting children in need throughout our Los Angeles community. Help the League set students up for success by providing BRAND NEW school supplies. Your support will help children from preschool to college start their school year with confidence!


Saturday, July 15th
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM


Assistance League of Los Angeles Theater
1367 N St Andrews Pl.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Monthly Gardening Event

Join The Center in Hollywood for their monthly gardening event. Coffee and pastries will be provided! Be sure to wear comfortable clothing, sturdy shoes, water, and sunscreen! Do you have gloves? Bring ’em! If not, they’ll have a pair for you


Sunday, July 16th
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

6636 Selma Ave
6636 Selma Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028


Featured Publications

What Your Love Language Says About You

featuring Saba Harouni Lurie