Minnesota's LGBTQ+ Mental Health Providers' Professional Network

In This Issue:
  • Research
  • Looking for office space
  • Events
  • Groups & Classes
  • Personal Focus: The Marriage Ban Amendment

MN LGBT Therapists Network News
February 2012

20+ years of LGBT-friendly mental health networking
vol. V, Issue 2

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My name is Jasmine Bensinger. I am a research assistant for a graduate student at the University of Florida who is conducting a study on the workplace experiences of LGB people. We hope this research will lead to a better understanding of LGB people's work lives, including insights into discrimination and well-being. Participation will involve completing a survey online and will take approximately 20 minutes. If you would like to participate, please follow this link.

Looking for office space

I am recently relocated to Minneapolis from California and am looking for office space to sublet on an hourly basis to get my practice started. I live in South Minneapolis and would prefer something close to home. You can check out my website. Please call or email if you have any availability or leads. Thanks! Lauren, 805-698-7937email


2012 Harvey Milk Day March
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2012
Time: 1:00pm until 6:00pm
Where: TBA
More info on FACEBOOK

The Naked I: Wide Open
Created by the company, and featuring the writing, performing, directing, and design talent of over 60 local GLBT artists and allies
Sliding Scale $5-$25 (cash/check only at the door)

Friday, February 10 @ 730pm - ONLY 6 TICKETS LEFT
Saturday, February 11 @ 730pm - ONLY 33 TICKETS LEFT
Monday, February 13 @ 730pm - post-show discussion
Tuesday, February 14 @ 730pm - bring your sweetie for some sweet treats! everyone attending on vday gets a goodie bag!
Thursday, February 16 @ 730pm - post-show discussion
Friday, February 17 @ 730pm - ASL-interpreted by Tarra Grammenos and David Evans;
Also - post-show queer dance party for all - ONLY 50 TICKETS LEFT
Saturday, February 18 - post-show discussion

Inspired by our ground-breaking, sold-out 2009 production of The Naked I: Monologues From Beyond The Binary by transgender playwright, Tobias K. Davis, The Naked I: Wide Open is a brand new play made of monologues and short scenes, featuring fresh, sexy, humorous, gut-punching, and unbelievably honest stories that you don't want to miss.

Not recommended for youth - strong language/sexual content/nudity.
Visit our Facebook Event for the full artist list!

*B*isexual *E*mpowerment *C*onference: *A* *U*niting, *S*upportive *E*xperience
Early-Bird Registration now open!
April 20-22, 2012
Metropolitan State University
St Paul, MN
www.becauseconference.org or Facebook BECAUSE Conference

The BECAUSE Conference is an annual event for bisexuals, queers, non-mono-sexuals, the bi-curious or questioning, and all allies, regardless of sexual or gender identity.

This year's theme is "Empowerment through Community" and we're going to have a heck of a line up! It's the 20th anniversary of the very first BECAUSE conference and we're inviting past presenters as well as new faces to talk about, teach about and lead sessions on a wide variety of topics. Something you want to share? Propose a presentation on our website.

April 20-22, we'll host three days of presentations, workshops and discussions ranging from academic to provocative (and maybe both at the same time!). Learn about community building or share your expertise. Meet like-minded people and make connections to support your advocacy at home, school and work. Explore your identity, your labels and your possibilities in plenary sessions, workshops, small presentations and breakout groups. Of course we'll have fun, too, with social time on Friday night, a film festival track running throughout the day Saturday, Saturday night entertainment, social meal breaks and the tireless energy of your organizers.

For more information or to volunteer : www.becauseconference.org or on Facebook at BECAUSE Conference.

Groups & Classes

**Please see our website for a full listing of groups.**

New Therapy Group for Women Starting in March
This is a general issues women’s therapy group. Examples of issues may include self-confidence and self-care, conflicts and strengths from family of origin, life changes and losses, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, boundaries and conflict management skills, sex and sexuality, depression and anxiety, addictions and other unhealthy self-protective patterns.

We welcome diversity in age, sexual orientation, racial/cultural heritage, spirituality, and life situations.

Day and Time: Tuesdays, 4:15-5:45
Cost: $68 per group. Intake session: $165 (Insurance may cover.)
Location: 100 West Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404

The therapists have almost 30 years experience:
Mindy Benowitz, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist 612.870.0398 email
Irene Greene, M.S.Ed. Psychotherapist 612.874.6442 email

Please call or email for more information and to schedule an Intake Session.

Essential Core Awareness Meditation
*Coming Earth changes require us to Source Within The electro-magnetic field of your heart vibrates 5000 times faster than that of your brain. Learn to master the alchemy of the heart. Coming electro-magnetic changes will effect brain functioning---humanity will rely upon the energy of the heart. Give yourself the gift of this connection to your Divine Self.
*Learn to release fear, anger, stress & tension
*Live connected to your Core Essence
*Be empowered in decision-making, with clarity of mind & stability in body & emotions

Next Class starts February 7th
Tuesdays 12:30 - 1:30 pm
2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28

March Class begins on the 6th
Tuesdays 12:30 - 1:30 pm
3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27

$120 per four week class.
Two people registering together, each $100 per four week class.
*Ask about other Lunch-hour classes available.

For Questions or to Register: Call Susan at 952.922.1848 or Contact through www.sourcingwithin.com
Susan Broadwell, MA, PsyD, has been practicing psychotherapy & meditation for over 21 years. Class location is in St Louis Park, MN on Excelsior Blvd across from Trader Joe's.

We are excited about new opportunities in store for us as a community in the year 2012 and eager to announce Part 2 of our 3 part "Cultural Competency Master Series".

The purpose of this series is to provide an advanced level of training for individuals and professionals who have previously participated in a beginner or basic level of diversity training that helped them to gain awareness of difference.

In December 2011, Dr. Kenneth Hardy launched the series as he provoked and inspired all of us present to "wrestle with where we may have wounds and how we have experienced oppression" and how those issues impact how we show up in our work and relationships with others. One person commented that the idea of "the subjugated self vs. the privileged self blew me away...provided me with insight that will help me and in turn I will be able to help clients".

Please join us for Part 2 of the series with Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Ph.D. Dr. Nancy Boyd-Franklin, is well known as a Lecturer, Author and Mental Health Therapist. On March 23, 2012 she will present on "Working with African American Clients and Families". Early registration begins now & ends March 2nd.

As stated in the past, this series is designed to go beyond awareness. Individuals and community agencies that have made a commitment to a life style or community culture that values and models pursuing cultural competency likely will benefit the most from attending these trainings. We are anticipating that the attendees of these trainings will be a diverse group of clinicians, MFT's, Social workers, Psychologists, Professional Counselors, Academic programs and other Community groups.

It is also our goal to use this experience as an opportunity to build community and support around Cultural Competency for individuals and agencies that are committed to working with populations of ethnically and culturally diverse people.

Please see the attached flier that provides more information about registration and information on each of the trainers', backgrounds and topics. You may also register at www.kentetraining.com.

Larry G. Tucker, LMFT Co-Owner, Kente Circle, LLC
310 E. 38th St., Suite 209 Minneapolis, MN 55409
Phone:612-243-1600 Fax:612-767-4624 ltucker@kentecircle.com www.kentecircle.com

Personal Focus: The Marriage Ban Amendment

Interview with Minnesotans United for All Families

As it is February, with Valentine’s Day my mind automatically goes towards relationships. Last month I wrote about historical trauma, and the marriage ban is something that plays to this same issue. Last week I was sitting with one of my clients who was discussing his family’s chaotic patterns, and at 17 years old he speaks as a mature gay man, and dreams about the day he can find “the right one” and marry and have a family, so he can give a child a healthier and happier life than what he had. He told me that his thought on improving the world was to have more people have healthier families – and that would do the trick. As a marriage and family therapist I have to agree. I have copied an article from Lavender Magazine in an interview with Richard Carlbom. Please share this information with others so that we can make our voices heard and fight for the basic rights that are given to every other group in America.

Richard Carlbom is the Campaign Manager for Minnesotans United for All Families – the umbrella organization working to defeat the anti-marriage amendment in November 2012. He joined the campaign in September of 2011 after serving as Communications Director for St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and prior to that as Campaign Manger for Congressman Tim Walz re-election in 2010. You can follow the campaign on Twitter @MN4allfamilies or him @richardcarlbom.

Lavender Magazine: Can you give our readers a little background on the amendment?
Richard Carlbom: At the close of the legislative session in May 2011 a vote was taken to propose the question of defining marriage as between one man and one woman before the voters of Minnesota. Within hours of that vote, OutFront MN and Project 515 formed Minnesotans United for All Families. Quickly that coalition grew to include national organizations like HRC, The Task Force and Freedom to Marry, along with local business and community leaders. Our broad coalition is united on one goal: make Minnesota the first state to reject an amendment like this.

LM: Will you talk more about the coalition committed to voting no?
RC: Our coalition of two in May has grown to over 120 today. We are supported by members of every political party in Minnesota, communities of faith from all denominations, business leaders, community leaders, elected officials and more. It is an amazing team that may disagree on other issues, but when it comes to marriage, believe the love gay and lesbian couples share is just as important as a straight couples’.

LM: Why is this amendment important for Minnesota?
RC: As a Minnesotan, I want to be able to say after November 2012 that Minnesota is the kind of place that welcomes all people, all families. We’re the kind of people that think about our neighbors and coworkers, friends and family and treat them how we would want to be treated. This amendment does just the opposite. It will permanently write discrimination into our constitution. And, that’s just not who we are as Minnesotans.

When we win, we will have improved the lives of every Minnesotan. And we will send a resounding message to those who hope to place these divisive amendments up for a vote that the days of successfully driving a wedge into communities around the country are coming to an end.

Many in our coalition have said they want to be on the “right side of history”. Voting No will put you there.

Personally, it’s important to me because I want to marry my partner of 4 years, Justin. Marriage says love like no other word can, and we want to share that with our friends, family and frankly, our state – and have them all hold us accountable to the commitment we make to one another.

LM: You were the mayor of St. Joseph, Minnesota. Can you tell our readers about your time as mayor and the lessons learned that have shaped you?
RC: Being elected mayor twice in my hometown was a great honor and provided me with a deep sense of responsibility. I am a political organizer because it gives me a chance to improve lives. I want to wake up, every morning, motivated that the work before me is work that will improve at least one life that someone else is living. As we continue this important campaign, I want to be a part of a collective effort to improve the lives of all Minnesotans.

LM: Campaigns can be pretty intense, with long hours, high stress and demanding expectations. How do you and your team manage that?
RC: We know we are not alone. We may be at the center of the largest grassroots campaign in Minnesota history, but we know our powerful strength as an organization is created by our supporters and volunteers around Minnesota. They are all committed to defeating this amendment – and you can’t fake that energy. Our team keeps this in perspective and we are not afraid to ask the community for help.

LM: For people that are opposed to the ban on marriage, what can they do right now?
RC: Three things: 1) Make sure your friends, family, neighbors, coworkers all know this anti-marriage amendment is on the ballot in November. 2) Start a conversation with them about why marriage matters to you and how hurtful this amendment is to same-sex couples. 3) Go to our website (mnunited.org) and pledge to Vote No, volunteer or contribute.

Letter from Minnesota Psychological Association

Dear Friend:

How will Janet and Angela, a loving, committed couple for 12 years, be affected if the marriage amendment is written into Minnesota law? We believe Minnesotans deserve to know what the impacts will be. And we're guessing you might believe the same...

Please allow this letter to introduce you to the Minnesota Psychological Association's Marriage Equality Task Force and the upcoming Speaker Events and MPA Annual Convention, for which we are seeking your support.

Many individuals and organizations are coming together to block this harmful amendment movement. The Minnesota Psychological Association is in a position to bring a unique contribution to this effort - raising awareness of scientific findings on marriage, sexual orientation, and resilience in the face of stress from prejudice and discrimination. The MPA Marriage Equality Task Force was created in 2011 as a result of MPA's resolution to support marriage equality for same-sex couples in the state of Minnesota.

According to a research summary by the American Psychological Association:

• Same-sex couples are remarkably similar to, rather than different from, heterosexual couples in terms of their desire for and ability to maintain committed relationships and raise healthy children, as well as the processes contributing to relationship satisfaction and stability.
• Discrimination based on sexual orientation has a deleterious effect on the psychological, physical, social and economic well-being of gay and lesbian individuals.
• Gay and lesbian couples already experience economic disadvantages.
• Codified discrimination of gay and lesbian individuals can increase the risk of harassment, violence, and hate crimes.

What will the MPA and its Marriage Equality Task Force be offering to Minnesota? We are proud to bring to Minnesota a roster of psychologists nationally recognized for expertise on sexual orientation discrimination, resilience, and well-being. They will be speaking at a Public Event on Thursday, April 19th and at the MPA Annual Convention, which will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 20th and 21st.

How can you support MPA to bring these nationally recognized speakers to Minnesota? Your sponsorship is a great opportunity for your company to support a vitalcause and receive exposure.

A Variety of Sponsorship Opportunities are Available. The complete listing of sponsorships can be accessed here.

Together we can make a difference on this vital issue in Minnesota. We appreciate your consideration and look forward to hearing from you soon. Should you have any questions, feel free to call Marge Charmoli, Ph.D., LP, the Chair of the Task Force, at (651) 645-5588.


Marge Charmoli, Ph.D., L.P

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