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Network News - November 2010
vol. III, Issue 9

We have a new look!  We hope you will enjoy this month's Network Newsletter! 

As always, if you would like to submit news and information to be included in the LGBT Therapists Newsletter, send your submission to enews@LGBTTherapists.org.

If you are not yet a member, you may join the MN LGBT Therapists' Network via our website - www.lgbttherapists.org.  Member benefits include a listing in our online directory, a monthly newsletter, member prices for all Twin Cities Quorum events, and discounts on network sponsored conferences and workshops.  An additional perk of membership is that members are welcome to contributefreeto the enewsletter, to: publicize workshops they are offering, groups they are offering, articles, information, announcements, office needs, space rental, etc.  This newsletter is for you!

Do you offer a Support or Therapy Group?

The December issue of this enewsletter will run a special section on Support and Therapy Groups Offered by Our Readers and Members.
Please send the following information about your group:
Title of the group, brief description, date, time, location, fees, and facilitator contact information.
Please send it by November 22, 2010 to

Featured Member - Tricia Falvey
Tricia Falvey It is no surprise why our featured member became a Marriage and Family Therapist - she loves supporting children and families! She works to improve the quality of GLBT and Gender variant families both politically and in her practice.

She has recently begun work with David Hoy and Associates doing in-home family therapy with children who have experienced disrupted attachments and/or trauma. David Hoy and Associates hired her specifically to provide services for nontraditional families who have adopted or are foster parenting children who may be experiencing distress and/or behavioral difficulties.

In her own practice in St Paul she offers a 5 session pre-commitment program, which is suitable for all couples. She wants all couples to have access to the knowledge and tools which can help love to last a lifetime.

Trisha came into the counseling profession after a career with Northwest Airlines and as a Union activist. She can still be found on the picket line supporting workers in their struggle for a living wage. She strongly believes this to be another way to support children and their families.

In her personal time she enjoys entertaining with her wonderful partner, spending time with her new niece, and travelling. She is especially looking forward to a trip to Dollywood coming up later this month.

Trisha says she is grateful for the network for three main reasons:

  • The networking opportunity and exposure it provides.
  • The website where GLBT and gender variant folks can find therapists who are both affirming and effective.
  • Attending network meetings and workshops are informative, welcoming and fun!

Please feel free to learn more about Trisha's work by viewing her website www.trishafalvey.com or by calling her at (612) 419-8764.
Be a Featured Network Member!!!
We want to know more about our Members! Don't be shy! Let's all share a virtual handshake.

If you would like to be a featured member in our next eNewsletter contact me, Irene Greene at irenegreene@earthlink.net or 612.874.6442 I have some questions for you to answer and you can share info about your counseling services, yourself and what being a Network member means to you.
Let's all get to know each other!!

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I am an LPC, looking to share an office space with someone in the  uptown/st. louis pk/edina/hopkins area.  If you know of anyone wanting to share, please contact me, Nikhil at nkaistha@gmail.com
Looking to rent office space? In need of office space?  Looking for volunteers?  Wanting to buy or sell something that applies to our network?  Members can also submit to this Classified Ads area FREE.  Email your ad (limit to 50 words or less please) to enews@LGBTTherapists.org.  Deadline for all ads and submissions is the 22nd of each month.

Opportunities and Announcements
Ramsey County Children's Advisory Council Seeks Members
The Ramsey County Children's Mental Health Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) is seeking new members who are self-advocates that live and/or work in Ramsey County.  Members of the CAC provide input and feedback on various County efforts related to children with mental health issues. For information, e-mail Kristen Jackelen at kristen.jackelen@co.ramsey.mn.us or call 651-266-4423.

SOY's New Interim Executive Director
Dear Valued Friends and Colleagues:

As Shades of Yellow (SOY - MN's Non-Profit GLBT Organization promoting visibility for the Hmong gay and lesbian community)writes its next chapter, we are pleased to share with our community and stakeholders that Oskar Ly will be leading this effort. Oskar will be SOY's Interim Executive Director during this transition period. We value her commitment, enthusiasm, and leadership by stepping up to this task from the board of directors in continuing SOY's mission to "Support a community of empowered Hmong LGTQ to create positive cultural and social changes that enhance their lives and communities."

Oskar has been serving as vice chair on the SOY Board of Directors since spring of 2009.  Since her involvement with the organization, Oskar has taken key leadership responsibilities to shift and move SOY's vision forward. We are pleased to have her experience and guidance during this transition. Oskar will be working closely with the board, staff, and volunteers to ensure the sustainability of SOY and its mission.

We believe that this is a crucial moment for SOY to do community building and reflection with our stakeholders and community. We trust that with Oskar's leadership we will be able to add more infrastructure and strategies' to reach our overall vision of having a Hmong community that is aware, supportive, and engaged in Hmong LGBTQ issues.

Again, we value and appreciate our volunteers, community, allies, and key stakeholders in your continuous support during this transition.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact PhengThaoatpheng.thao@shadesofyellow.org or Oskar Ly at

The Butch Project
The Butch Project was created by in March 2010 because butches need to connect. We need to share stories. We need to create an anthology, develop a community, and present a source of inspiration for those queer women in a new generation who are facing discouragement as butches. We need to expand and integrate our stories so that one day this anthology, this project, will serve to give a better understanding of the "butch" community.

Visit the Butch Project website:

New Transgender Job Bank
TJobBank is brand new, unique, and not-for-profit. TJobBank.com is the first and only web presence dedicated to bringing inclusive employers together with transgender professionals.

Conferences - Events - Workshops
Tree of Hope NAMI Minnesota Annual State Conference
(National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Saturday, November 6, 2010
St Paul RiverCentre
Full details and registration at www.namihelps.org
NAMI's State Conference - Tree of Hope
NAMI Minnesota's state conference, titled Tree of Hope,will feature over 15 workshops on current mental health issues. Great speakers, great topics - See conference flier here. Join us on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9-4:30, at the St. Paul River Centre.

MnSOC sponsored: Safe Schools Community Training Info for Nov. 6th

All Students Deserve A Safe Place to Learn!

Safe Schools for All!
Strategy and Advocacy Training!
Join us for this community training brought to you by the MN School Outreach Coalition
Nov. 6th from 10 AM to 1 PM
The Webster Complex at 425 5th St. NE - Mpls, MN 55413
(Please bring your own lunch)

Also the next Minnesota School OUTreach Coalition- MnSOC - meeting is Wednesday November 3rd 5-6:30pm at The Family Partnership

Sign up for Minnesota School OUTreach Coalition monthly enews: send an email to:

Chic Chat for Bi Women
Saturday November 6, 2010
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wilde Roast Café
518 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN
Phone: (612) 331-4544

Women-identified only event.
Come join us for conversation and friendship!
Bisexual Organizing Project Yahoo Group

25 Years of Living Positive
Friday, November 5th @ 8PM
Saturday, November 6th @ 8PM
Sunday, November 7th @ 7PM

Patrick's Cabaret
3010 Minnehaha Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406
$20 tickets available at the door only
Phone for information: 612-205-1512
In 1985, a nurse informed Patrick Scully that he was HIV-positive, adding that, "You don't have to tell anyone right away-it could be three or even five years before you have full-blown AIDS."

Thrive! celebrates being very much alive, 25 years later, and remembers the many we've lost. From world events to deeply personal experiences, Patrick takes his audience through two and a half decades of memories and shared history.

Thrive! is a free-range narrative-meant for everyone who has been touched by HIV/AIDS and for everyone who hasn't - told by a consummate storyteller.

November 5-6-7, 2010
Koinonia Retreat Center, 80-minute drive northwest of the TwinCities metro area (near South Haven, MN

The retreat is patterned on the well-known Marriage Encounter program and, although our presentations come from a Unitarian-Universalist perspective, the opportunities extend far beyond any boundaries of faith.

All couples committed to their partners and to their relationships are welcome -- same-sex and opposite-sex, married and unmarried.

Weekend Cost: $385 per couple ("scholarship" assistance is available)

Includes: 2 nights lodging; 5 meals
Scholarship Assistance is available 

Space is limited to: 15 couples
Reservation Deposit: $100

Visit our website or call to check on available space 651-228-1456

Checks payable to: Unity Church-Unitarian

Mail to: c/o E. Lein
361 Summit Av #2
St Paul, MN 55102
E-Mail: heart@mn.cx
Website: www.heart.mn.cx

"Bullied" film Screening

Sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 · 7:00 p.m.
Central Lutheran Church - 333 South 12th St - Minneapolis
(Doors open at 6:30 pm)

Introduction by Morris Dees, SPLC Founder and Richard Cohen, SPLC President

Reception immediately following with
Morris Dees, SPLC staff, and the student who made history
FREE but must be ordered online here

G-SPOT 101

Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 7:00pm
The Smitten Kitten Minneapolis
3010 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN, 55408

Does the G-spot exist? Oh yes it does. This workshop will dis-spell G-Spot myths, covering anatomy, stimulation, and ejaculation. Whether you are new to the G-spot or a seasoned pro, come to this FREE workshop and share the G-spot love.

White Privilege Conference 2011
April 13-16, 2011
Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, Minneapolis
The national White Privilege Conference (WPC) is coming to Minneapolis! WPC serves as an annual opportunity to examine and explore issues of white privilege, social justice, race/racism, sexual orientation, gender relations, and other systems of privilege/oppression. It provides participants the opportunity to get honest about the type of culture in which we live, and the advantages that accrue to some but not others. Through workshops, keynotes, films and community-building opportunities, the WPC offers a means to develop and sustain ongoing work to dismantle this system of white privilege, white supremacy, and oppression.

For more information, visit the White Privilege Conference website or contact wpc12info@gmail.com. Hosted by the Minnesota Justice Collaborative and sponsored by the GLBTA Programs Office.

Volunteers Needed for Study of Marriage and Parenthood
A University of Virginia Department of Psychology doctoral candidate is conducting a web-based study of engaged same-sex and different-sex couples. The survey is online and lasts approximately 30 minutes. Participants must be 20 to 25 years old, live in the U.S. and plan to marry or have a commitment ceremony within the next 365 days. In addition, a participant and his or her partner must not have children and this must be the first marriage for both. The study has been approved by the UVA Institutional Review Board.

Information: If you and/or your romantic partner are interested in participating or want further information, email survey.couples@gmail.com.

National Health Survey for Men Who Have Sex With Men
The research team at the University of Memphis is seeking, gay, bisexual, and men who have sex with men 18 years or older to participate in a study examining the social influences of sexual health behaviors.

Will you be willing to take this quick, anonymous questionnaire? You will also be able to enter into a raffle for one of four $50.00 gift cards.
Click this link: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/364851/Sexuality-Survey

Thanks so much for participating.
Rebecca Aycock, M.Ed.
Sharon Horne, Ph.D.

Non-Conforming Research
Are you a Gender Non-Conformist?

As a gender non-conformist I am exploring how the binary identities of woman and man don't really fit - and I need your help. Everyone constantly navigates gender expectations and socially acceptable stereotypes - but genderqueer, transgender, and other gender non-conforming people are especially aware of, and have to deal with, the impact of gender in everyday life. I am especially interested in how gender is disrupted and perpetuated through everyday interactions.

For my dissertation at UC Davis I am conducting interviews about gendered experiences and also accompanying gender non-conforming people to observe their conversations and interactions with others. I would be interested in interviewing you and, if you feel comfortable, watching how others interact with you in your daily life. I offer genuine interest in your life experiences. Together we can explore how the gender binary operates and how it can be challenged.

To participate or if you have questions, please contact: Jaime Becker at jsbecker@ucdavis.edu or by phone 908-892-5849. Jaime will be in the Twin Cities in late September 2010.


The Obama administration on Tuesday, 11/2/2010, is launching a campaign to prevent anti-gay bullying and other harassment that in some cases have led students to commit suicide, advising educators that federal law protects students from many forms of discrimination. "We've got to dispel this myth that bullying is just a normal rite of passage," President Obama said.

In the following clip, listen to Obama as he speaks out against queer bullying.....powerful words from a sitting president. It is about time.

The Maddow Blog - This is a president

New Report Exposes Widespread Prejudice Towards Transgender People in Health Care

A recent study conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force concludes that there is "...rampant discrimination towards transgender people by health providers, high HIV rates, and widespread lack of access to necessary care."

For more information on the study and to download a copy of the report, visit the National Center for Transgender Equality's website.


"The world is not divided into sheeps and goats. Not all things are black nor all things white. It is a fundamental of taxonomy that nature rarely deals with discrete categories. Only the human mind invents categories and tries to force facts into separated pigeon-holes. The living world is a continuum in each and every one of its aspects. The sooner we learn this concerning sexual behavior the sooner we shall reach a sound understanding of the realities of sex."
Alfred Kinsey
Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, 1948

Welcome to the MN LGBTQA Therapists eNewsletter of "The Network." The Network is a MN based grass-roots group of queer & allied mental health therapists, students in mental health related fields, and community mental-health related agencies. Our group shares information and resources that impact our varied work in the mental health fields and that is unique to the particular needs of the LGBTQ communities we live in and serve. We welcome submissions to this eNewsletter that are pertinent to mental health and LGBTQ issues ! All Network members are welcome to contribute to this monthly eNewsletter. Just send your referral question, announcement, member accomplishment, space available information, event, conference, workshop, group information, or other pertinent notice to irenegreene@earthlink.net.

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