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MN LGBT Therapists Network News
January 2011

15+ years of LGBT-friendly mental health networking
vol. IV, Issue 1


MN LGBT Therapists' Network

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Upcoming LGBTQ Trauma Workshop

LGBT Friendly Support and Therapy Group Listings

Conferences, Workshops, and Retreats



Upcoming Events

Membership Renewal

Featured Member

Job Announcements

Tidbits - Quote of the Day

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MN LGBT Therapists Network News January 2011
15+ years of LGBT-friendly mental health networking
vol. IV, Issue 1

Save the Date!!  CEU Workshop!
 LGBTQ Trauma: Clinical Theory and Practice: A Program on PTSD in the Queer Communities

When: Friday, April 8, 2011; 9-12
Where: Plymouth Congregational Church
Sponsors:  Pride Institute & LGBT Therapist Network
CEUs available. More information to follow.

LGBT Friendly
Support and Therapy Group Listings
New Group Listings!!
For more Groups listed previously

Click here for the December 2010 Newsletter

Women Grieving Women

 Support group for lesbian women who have experienced the death of a partner in the past two years. The death may be from any cause and is not limited to illness or care at home.
Feb 22 - March 29, 2011, 6:30 - 8 pm, Midway location
Six weeks, total fee $25.00 to register.
Offered by Allina Home and Community Services hospice grief resources - Judy Young, MEd, experienced professional facilitator and counselor, 612-262-7026, or email judy.Young@allina.com for questions.
 Please call Allina Grief Resources to register. 651-628-1752.
Register early, requires six participants to proceed.

Support Group for GLBTQ Survivors of Sexual Violence
A peer facilitated support group for people who identify as LGBTQ and who have experienced any forced or unwanted sexual contact.  
All meetings are closed and confidential.  
Next group in February or March of 2011.  Currently taking names from people who may be interested in joining.
Contact:  612.871.5111 or 612.871.5100 ext. 14 to get on our waiting list.  
Sexual Violence Center
3757 Fremont Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55412.  
There are no fees as we are a non-profit agency. 
Megan Close
Direct Services Program Coordinator
Sexual Violence Center
612.871.5100 ext.14
612.871.1550 (fax)

Bisexual Organizing Project's Chic Chat Gathering
What: informal conversation and friendship        
Date:   First Saturday of each month.    
Time:   7:00 pm - 9:00 pm                                      
Location:   The Wilde Roast                              
Street:   518 E Hennepin Ave                              
City State Zip:   Minneapolis, MN                                                    
Phone:   (612) 331-4544                      
Notes:   Women-identified only event.
Come join us for conversation and friendship!                    
Organized by: Twin Cities Bisexual Organizing Project        

Gender Exploration Group
This group welcomes young people who are exploring their own gender identity and wish to do so in the company of other youth. 
Typical topics include decision making related to medical intervention, family relationships, communication, sex and love.
Open to:  Youth 13-25 years old exploring their gender identity.  Please call 612-235-6743 to request an intake prior to participation.
Date & Time:  Thursdays from 7pm-9pm
Location:  RECLAIM - 3217 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Most major insurance plans accepted. Recommended fee for service for those without insurance is the equivalent to what the client earns per hour; no one will be turned away due to lack of access to resources.
Facilitators: Janet Bystrom, LICSW, Trained Volunteer and Intern
Contact Info: 
reclaim.lgbtyouth@gmail.com; 612-235-6743
RECLAIM Families Group 
RECLAIM Families is a support group for youth exploring their gender identity and the people who love them.  Our meetings consist of one shared hour and one hour in which youth and their support people break into separate groups. Topics addressed might include comfort with names and pronouns, safety, medical decision making, and talking with extended family, etc. 
Open to:  Youth who are exploring their gender identities and the people who love them.
Date & Time:  2nd Saturday of every month from 1pm-3pm.
Please call 612-235-6743 to request an intake prior to participation.
Location: RECLAIM - 3217 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Contact Info:  reclaim.lgbtyouth@gmail.com; 612-235-6743
Fee:  Donations are gratefully accepted
Facilitators:  Trained community volunteers

Conferences, Workshops, and Retreats

23rd National Creating Change Conference 2011 - In Minneapolis
What: The 23rd National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change
Minneapolis, Minnesota and the Hilton Minneapolis
February 2-6, 2011.
Creating Change (as it is affectionately known) is the nation's pre-eminent political, leadership and skills-building conference for the LGBT social justice movement. The conference is run by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and attracts more than 3,000 people from all over the country every year. Presenters and participants come from all walks of life and include members of the business community, elected officials, students, faith leaders and staff and volunteers of non-profit organizations.  The five-day program features over 250 workshops and training sessions, four plenary sessions, and tons of networking opportunities.
Registration fees: range from $365 to $0, depending on an attendee's age, when one chooses to register, and whether an attendee seeks financial support to attend. 
Why is Creating Change coming to Minneapolis?
Minneapolis/St. Paul will host our conference for many reasons. The Task Force held the 1990 Creating Change Conference in Minneapolis, our first-ever conference outside Washington DC. The Task Force continues to be impressed with the accomplishments of Minneapolis/St. Paul LGBT activists who work every day to make their metropolitan area a truly welcoming environment for all of us. Our friends in the Twin Cities will deliver "Minnesota nice" with a special LGBT twist. We are proud to invite you to Minneapolis, where the queerfolk are strong of mind and spirit and they love them some hotdish! Minneapolis/St. Paul and the state of Minnesota are home to many well-respected organizations and LGBT institutions, including the Task Force's Institute for Welcoming Resources, OutFront Minnesota, PFund Foundation, Shades of Yellow, All God's Children MCC, Quorum, Avenues for Homeless Youth-GLBT Host Home Program, Minnesota Freedom Band, Prime Timers, Rainbow Families/Family Equality Council, Trans Youth Support Network, Twin Cities Pride and Twin Cities Black Pride, a gaggle of campus organizations and a pride of LGBT employee groups. All of our friends and colleagues in the Twin Cities look forward to welcoming our splendid Creating Change Family. Come to Minneapolis where the weather doesn't matter!

 On 3 February, the 2011 Bi/Pan/Fluid Organizing Institute will be held at the Hilton Minneapolis in Minnesota, USA.
Held in the midst of the LGBT Creating Change conference, this event is billed as a chance to spend a focused, fun and productive day with bisexual, pansexual, and fluid identified activists learning how to grow bi and bi-friendly groups. The event is open to anyone who identifies with bi, pan, fluid, unlabelled identities and to allies, whether you are a seasoned activist or just starting out. In a safe and supportive environment, attendees will work on skills-building, focus on action in their communities, develop strategies, set goals, and share resources. There will be a reflective, historical component, focusing on the roots of biphobia and its influence on bi activism. And there will be a forward focus on proactive tactics and issues around which community groups can organise in the upcoming year.

Oh Ohh OHHH! Female Sexual Pleasure, Desire and Orgasm with Oh Megan
Thursday, February 17 at 7:00pm at Smitten Kitten Minneapolis

Got questions female sexual pleasure?  Megan has the answers. From finding where the erogenous zones are, to learning what medications can interfere with a woma...n's sexual functioning, you'll learn quite a lot in this short period of time. How many types of orgasms are there, and what's the difference?

Where exactly is the A-spot? G-spot? Videos, vulva puppets and graphic discussion will be used to help you understand the ins and outs of female sexual functioning, pleasure, and desire.
Megan is a nationally certified sexuality educator through The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists and a board certified sexologist through The American College of Sexologists. Smitten Kitten is so excited to have her.

This is a class for anybody interested in learning more about Female Pleasure. Tickets to this workshop are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.


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Healing Together Conference: for people who have DID and those who care for them
February 5-6, 2011. 
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Educational & Support conference for survivors & supporters of those with DID.
Great speakers.  $100
Webinar - Finding Sexual Health in an Electronic Age
This session provides a graphic view into the online world of sex addiction and provides treatment options and considerations for professionals.
Wednesday, January 19 at 1 p.m. (CST)
Register at: https://pride-institute.webex.com/
To view past recorded sessions, click on the link above and select "Recorded Sessions" on the left panel.
Dr. Weston Edwards, PhD, LP, is the clinical director for PRISM (Promoting Recovery in Sexual and Mental Health) in Minnesota. He has written two books on the topics of sexual health and internet sexual health. Dr. Edwards was also the developer of the Sexual Health Program at PRIDE Institute.

Remember that space is limited, so if you have registered and are unable to attend, please cancel your registration so that others may attend.  Also, all sessions are recorded and archived for use on the website by the next day.

PRIDE Institute  
800-547-7433 or visit our website at http://pride-institute.com.
Heart to Heart Couples Enrichment Weekend
March 11 - 13, 2011
Heart to Heart is a retreat for couples sponsored by Unity Church-Unitarian. The weekend is designed to enrich intimacy in your relationship by emphasizing personal reflection and couple dialogue.

Cost for the weekend, including housing and all meals, is $385. Thanks to the generosity of previous participants, scholarships are available. To register, or for further information, please visit our web site http://heart.mn.cx, or cheri@desmondmay.com at 612-722-3304. Space is limited to the first 15 couples who send in completed registration forms/payments. The weekend regularly fills, but there is a waiting list available.

To view a complete information sheet click here
(PDF - Requires Adbobe Reader)

Call for Workshop Presenters
16th Annual Rainbow Families Conference
Saturday, April 09, 2011
Anwatin-Bryn Mawr School, 256 Upton Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN

Proposals must be received by February 18, 2011


To view a complete information sheet click here
(PDF - Requires Adobe Reader)

Sexuality Survey
From: Debra Bazarsky debazarsky@mail.widener.edu
I am a doctoral student who is studying sexual behavior and identity of women, gender diverse and trans people who are sexually intimate with women. Any assistance you can provide in sending it out to your organization as well as any appropriate lists you have is greatly appreciated.
To learn more about the study, please visit:
Also, after you complete the survey, you can enter to win one of three $100 gift cards.
Are you a woman who is or has been sexually intimate with another woman?
Are you gender diverse or trans and sexually intimate with women?
If you answered yes to either question, please take this survey.
You must also be 18 years of age or older.


NEW LGBT-safe chemical dependency treatment program
Element Mental Health Services (of St. Cloud, MN) is now accepting referrals for our primary program which will begin on January 3, 2011.  Our program will run from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm Monday through Friday.  The primary program runs for 8 weeks.  Our program will be set up as:  Monday, Thursday and Friday will be group work and education.  On Tuesday, the programming will focus on relationships, family involvement (family of origin or choice).  Wednesday will be a group called Mind Over Mood.  
The Mind Over Mood group is specifically focused to help LGBT individuals change negative thinking patterns that can lead to depressions, anxiety, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse and relationship problems.
Our Continuing Care group will also be starting on Friday, 1/7/10 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  This group will focus on supporting and educating the client to be successful in their aftercare.  This group will run once a week for 2 hours for 10 weeks.

Element Mental Health Services is also doing Chemical Dependency Assessments.

We are currently in the process of contracting with Stearns County but offer various payment options, including several insurances, self-pay and a sliding fee.

For referrals or questions, please contact:
William Weber-Brown, BS, LADC
Chemical Dependency Director
1204 7th Street South, Suite 105
St. Cloud, MN 56303
Phone:  (320) 257-6021
Fax:  (320) 259-0791
LGBT Friendly LinkedIn Group:
Group: GLBT Mental Health Advocates Worldwide
This group has just switched to an open discussion group. All future discussions will be fully visible, searchable, and shareable on the Web.
Office For Rent:
Beautiful, large ( 12x16 ) St. Paul office available for
sublet 1 or 2 days per week. 100usd a month for 1 day or 200usd for 2 days a month. Shared waiting room, off street parking and one block off Summit Ave!

Please call Trisha at 612 419 8764 or email
for more information.
Trisha falvey, MA,LAMFT

Rainbow Health Initiative Receives Tobacco-free Communities Grant from the Minnesota Department of Health for 2011-2012
Rainbow Health Initiative (RHI) is proud to announce the recent grant awarded by the Minnesota Department of Health's Tobacco-free Communities grant initiative. The anticipated funding amount is $200,000 for the first year.

St. Paul nonprofit Shades of Yellow wins $10,000
Grant: biggest in Pfund's history
Shades of Yellow, an advocacy group that reaches out to gay and lesbian Hmong from modest offices on University Avenue in St. Paul, is $10,000 richer.
The nonprofit, which goes by the acronym SOY, will receive a cash award for general operating expenses from the Minneapolis-based PFund Foundation, which directs grants exclusively to agencies advocating for lesbian, gay and transgender people. PFund announced $100,000 in grants in December 2010, its largest grant cycle ever.

The 16 awards range in size from $4,000 to $8,000, the average being about 50 percent larger than last year. The one exception is the $10,000 award to Shades of Yellow, the largest single grant in the foundation's 23-year history.

PFund Development Director Susan Cogger said the 18-member grant committee was impressed with the nonprofit's evolution from an informal drop-in center for Hmong young people to a more outwardly focused education and advocacy group.

The nonprofit, which got its start in 2003, hired its first executive director last year and hosted its first Hmong New Year's gala - or "Gayla" - at the Wilder Center, drawing more than 100 attendees. A woman was crowned Miss SOY 2010, and a runner-up - a senior from St. Paul's Harding High School - was crowned Mister SOY.

"Keep in mind, in Hmong, there's no word for gay," Cogger said.

Shades of Yellow is now working on a strategic plan for programming in 2011.

Upcoming Events

Vigil for Woman who was transgender and murdered in Minneapolis
A vigil, to honor and remember the life of Krissy Bates, a member of our community whose life was cut short by a terrible act of violence, is scheduled for Friday, January 21at 6pm at the MCTC Library (General Mills Room). Krissy Bates, a transgender woman who lived in downtown Minneapolis, was found murdered in her apartment on Monday, 1/10/11 in what police are calling a homicide. Police say she appeared to have been stabbed. Details are still sketchy, but CityPages notes that Bates had feared for her safety in her building.   


Eighth Annual WUMN Gala
Moonlight MagicSurrender to the Moonlight Magic of the Eighth Annual WUMN Gala onFebruary 12, 2011.
Gala Tickets are now available atTrue Colors Bookstore , 4755 Chicago Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN 55407, 612-821-9630
December 2 through February 1: $40.00 each
February 2 until Event night: $45.00 each
TABLES of 6, 8 and 10 can be reserved. 350 tickets are now available for the Premiere All Gal Gala.

 Send your check, made out to WUMN, to PO Box 11624, St. Paul, MN 55111.RAMADA ROOM INFO: Mention WUMN when making your reservation; Group Code CGWOUG. Call 952-854-3411 or 800-328-1931. Reservation cut- off date is January 22, 2011. Group Rate is $79.00 plus tax. (includes Mall of America Coupon Book) 

"FIERCE LOVE: Stories from Black Gay Life" by the Pomo Afro Homos

Saturday, February 26 at 7:00pm at Rarig Hall- The Thrust Theater, Minneapolis, MN

Directed by Harry Waters Jr.
Location: The Thrust Theater in Rarig Hall at the University of Minnesota.
Admission: $7 without a Student ID/present your student ID and pay what you can.
About the play: Performers Brian Freeman, Djola Branner, and Eric Gupton founded the POMOAFROHOMOS (Postmodern African-American Homosexuals) in 1991. They wrote, directed, and performed in the production of FIERCE LOVE. The play displays a variety of black gay male subject positions, which was and still is deficient in mainstream media. With all of the notoriety FIERCE LOVE received in the theater world because it was one of the first black and gay theater pieces of its kind, it also received much reproach from the greater black and performing arts community for the very same reason. But for that brief moment in the 90s the POMO AFRO HOMOS were around, our stories were told authentically, unequivocally and unapologetically.

For one night only Tongues Untied: a discussion group for and by GLBTQ People of Color @ the University of Minnesota presents FIERCE LOVE. Local director Harry Waters Jr. takes on the courageous task of reviving and adapting the forgotten piece with various gay black men from the Twin Cities. The play sold out both nights when performed at the Pillsbury House Theater in July of 2010. The legacy lives ON!
Proceeds for the production will be donated to Twin Cities Black Pride and The African American AIDS/HIV Task Force.

Have you Renewed your Membership?

It's time to renew your membership or join the network!
Annual memberships begin January 1, 2011, and run through December 31, 2011. Dues for the year are $40.00; two-year memberships run through December 31, 2012, and are $75.00.
 Membership includes:  

  • A listing in the online directory at www.lgbttherapists.org 
  • An email subscription to the eNewsletter
  • The ability to submit your own group and workshop offerings, articles, events, classified ads, and other content to the eNewsletter
  • Being a featured Network member in the eNewsletter
    Discounts at Network sponsored events 
  • Membership in Quorum
  • A networking potential with 284 eNewsletter participants and 99 LGBTA MN therapists

If you haven't visited the Network's web page recently, check it out: www.LGBTTherapists.org.  Review your listing for accuracy and send any change requests to White Ash at: web@White-Ash.com.

Lapsed members lose their directory listing at the end of January, 2011.    

Send membership checks made payable to Dennis V. Christian with LGBT Therapists noted on the memo line to:
    c/o Dennis V. Christian, L.I.C.S.W.
Mens Sana
    430 Oak Grove Street, Suite 302
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
Online payment can be made through PayPal.com by going through the Network's web site.  

Contact Dennis with any questions at 612.940.7033 or
Please feel free to pass this information on to someone else who would benefit from becoming a member!

Featured Members
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!!

Job Announcements

Assistant Director for Gender & Sexual Orientation Initiatives at Hamline University
Job #67900
To view the complete job description and application process, click here to be directed to Hamine University's job posting.
Job Opportunity in Northern MN:
Deadline for Application: Fri., 01/28/11 4:30 PM Central Time
Salary: $16.64 - $32.36 Hourly
How to Apply:  online at:


Job opportunities at the Annex Teen Clinic:
(1) Safer Sex Health Educator:  Clinic-based position
(2) Teen Outreach Program (TOP) Facilitator
(3) Sexuality Educator
HOW TO APPLY:  Apply online via MACC CommonWealth: https://careers-macc.icims.com
(Health/Human Services section).

*Please do not call the Annex Teen Clinic regarding these positions; all Human Resources inquires will be directed to MACC CommonWealth at 612-341-1621.

Quote of the Day
"We know that silence equals consent when atrocities are committed against innocent men, women and children. We know that indifference equals complicity when bigotry, hatred and intolerance are allowed to take root. And we know that education and hope are the most effective ways to combat ignorance and despair."
~ Gabrielle Giffords

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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