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MN LGBT Therapists Network News
September 2012

20+ years of LGBT-friendly mental health networking
vol. V, Issue 7

The Latest

We at LGBT Therapists hope you had an amazing summer and are relishing these last wonderful days of warmth.  We enjoyed seeing many of you at Pride and look forward to connecting with all of you as the year winds down and becomes 2013.  

LGBT Therapists Treasurer Position Available
Objective: To maintain and oversee the organization’s financial operations.

Skills & Attributes:

  • trustworthy and reliable
  • comfortable with accounting and balancing checkbooks
  • detail-oriented
  • good communication skills
  • Track all incoming monies and expenses for the organization (can be done through our website)
  • Maintain bank account
  • Report to Steering Committee members; coordinate with Web Master
  • Oversee payments at LGBT Therapists events and make deposits
  • Average Time Commitment: 1.5 hours per month
  • Gain experience in building and working with committees
  • Play a key role in shaping LGBT Therapists' future
  • Opportunity to network on different levels
  • Improve meeting management skills
  • Gain experience that can be used in your business
For more information, contact Dennis Christian 612.940.7033

Minneapolis Downtown Office Suite Sublet 
New member Marnette Doyle is subletting her downtown office suite at 
12 South 6th Street; Minneapolis, MN 55410, on a part-time basis.
member profile with contact info
Welcome Marnette to 
LGBT Therapists!


RAAN Seeking Greater Minnesota Providers
Greetings, I am the business manager at RAAN (Rural AIDS Action Network) and would like some help with a new program. Our agency has received a block of money to provide Mental Health Services to persons living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. We would like to set up fee for service arrangements with up to 5 providers in greater Minnesota (outside Twin Cities).
Also we have a GLBT counselor on contract to run support groups who moved here from New Mexico. He would like to become MA licensed/certified. Is there somebody who can help us with direction on how to start the process?

Many thanks.  Your friend,
Chris Bernard email

NAMIWalks – Changing Minds One Step at a Time
Saturday September 22 - 1pm
Minnehaha Park, Mpls & 
Whitney Park, St. Cloud - website
An extraordinary day when over 3,500 people gather from every corner of the state and walk side by side in support of children and adults with mental illnesses, their families and friends. Join us to create understanding and celebrate hope!

MN DHS Issues Queer Youth Practice Guide
The Minnesota Department of Human Services has issued a new bulletin: #12-68-09 DHS Issues Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning/Queer Youth Practice Guide

PFLAG Twin Cities Seeking Proposals & Nominations
To fill twelve, 60-minute interactive workshops at the second annual Cultivating Respect Conference.: Creating Safe Schools for All Students
January 18, 2013 
Deadline to submit proposals: October 22, 2012. 
“All school staff and adults of PreK-12 schools – inclusive of paraprofessionals and volunteers (e.g. playground monitors, bus drivers, lunchroom staff, and/or custodial staff) – need training on an annual basis in relevant and current strategies and techniques to address bullying, harassment and intimidation.” August 1, 2012, the MN Governor’s Task Force on the Prevention of School Bullying
PFLAG’s 2nd Annual Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for All conference is designed to meet this need. Help us by offering an interactive and practical workshop for school personnel (teachers, social workers, psychologists, school nurses, school board members, administrators, GSA leaders, superintendents, and counselors), parents of GLBT individuals, and GLBT youth and allies in middle school through college.
“There needs to be more behind the posters than just tape.”
Safe and Supportive MN Schools prevention of School Bullying Task Force Report  online proposal
We are also soliciting nominations for 2013 Cultivating Respect annual awards. Awards will be given to individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional efforts to stop bullying of GLBT youth in our schools. Specific awards include:

  • Outstanding Parent/Family
  • Outstanding Educator/School Professional
  • Outstanding Student Organization
  • Outstanding Organization
    online nominations 
Respect Awareness Project of Servant Hearts
September 16- 18
 – Bemidji
The 3rd Annual Respect Awareness Week - Rooted in Faith: God's Amazing Grace Embraces ALL People.  Each year's focus is on educating and raising awareness to the needs of LGBTQ people and the contributions they make to life in Greater MN.

Our 2012 Respect Awareness Week will speak directly to the welcoming of LGBTQ people into church congregations/faith communities, especially those that may be grappling with the question(s) of creating inclusive practices and reaching out in welcome, to LGBTQ people.  Three days of events, including keynote speech 
on congregation 'Readiness, Hospitality & Courage' by the Rev. Dr. Joretta Marshall, Executive VP, Dean at Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth TX, 'Coffee & Conversation - Engaging Congregations on Gender, Sexuality & Justice' discussion, & premiere showing of Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson's documentary, 'Love Free or Die'.  All events are free and open to all wishing to engage in respectful conversation and faithful dialogue.

Survey Addressing Beleifs about LGBT Therapists
from Kevin O'Connor, PhD, RPT-S, California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Fresno, CA
Requesting assistance in replicating a 1994 study of mental health professionals’ beliefs about gay, lesbian and bisexual therapists working with children, adolescents, couples and families. Through this study we hope to gather data about changes in the beliefs of individual therapists and the professional community regarding the impact of therapists’ sexual orientation on their clinical work in order to improve clinical training and professional practice. As we have found it difficult to identify a diverse pool of gay, lesbian, and bisexual therapists we would greatly appreciate your help in further distributing this questionnaire.

Study About Child's Sexual Orientation
from Justin Motto, graduate student in Communication Department at Central Michigan University
Working to complete my thesis for my Master¹s degree. I would like to invite you to participate in a study by completing an online survey about your child¹s sexual orientation, and the way in which you manage that information. It will probably take approximately 30 minutes of your time to complete the series of questions. If at any point you have any questions, please contact me. email 989-774-3177

In The News

American Bisexual Community Leaders and Activists Attend 2012 White House LGBT Pride Reception
On the afternoon of Friday, June 15th, President Barack Obama hosted a reception at the White House to celebrate LGBT Pride month. The place was packed; rough estimates peg the head count at around 500, including eight American bisexual community leaders and activists. Among them was Lauren Beach, a Minnesota-based law student and PhD candidate. Beach, a bisexual activist, co-chairs the Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP) and is an organizer with annual BECAUSE Conference.

NYT:  What's So Bad About a Boy Who Wants to Wear a Dress?
New York Times, August 8
The night before Susan and Rob allowed their son to go to preschool in a dress, they sent an e-mail to parents of his classmates. Alex, they wrote, “has been gender-fluid for as long as we can remember, and at the moment he is equally passionate about and identified with soccer players and princesses, superheroes and ballerinas (not to mention lava and unicorns, dinosaurs and glitter rainbows).” They explained that Alex had recently become inconsolable about his parents’ ban on wearing dresses beyond dress-up time. After consulting their pediatrician, a psychologist and parents of other gender-nonconforming children, they concluded that “the important thing was to teach him not to be ashamed of who he feels he is.” Thus, the purple-pink-and-yellow-striped dress he would be wearing that next morning. For good measure, their e-mail included a link to information on gender-variant children.
full article

Surgeon General Releases Report Including Section On The LGBT Population
2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR ACTION A report of the U.S. Surgeon General and of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
full report 

Washington Blade: LGBT-inclusive national suicide strategy unveiled
"A new strategy unveiled Monday aimed at reducing the suicide rate in the United States includes a section on the rate of suicide for LGBT people undefined saying they may be particularly at risk because of “minority stress” and “institutional discrimination” resulting from anti-gay laws on the books.”
full article

The Advocate: LGBT Issues Highlighted in 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention
“Although the report summarizes findings about various segments of the LGBT population based on gender, age, and ethnicity, it also notes the limits of the research and statistics on LGBT people, particularly transgender individuals. Since death certificates do not mention sexual orientation and gender identity, it isn’t clear whether LGBT people actually have a higher rate of suicide than heterosexual people. Studies from the past four decades, however, have indicated that LGBT people may have higher rates of suicide ideation and attempts, according to the report. As for preventing suicide among LGBT people, the strategy recommends positive moves such as family acceptance and access to LGBT-affirming mental health treatment. Other strategies include reducing stressors associated with sexual orientation and gender-related prejudice, reducing bullying and changing discriminatory laws. No specific laws, however, are mentioned.”
full article

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Our network is a Minnesota-based grassroots group of queer and 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 Irene Greene.  All responses to questions, ads, workshops, etc. should be emailed directly back to the contact person in the notice.  If you want to become a member of this organization please visit our website

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