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MN LGBT Therapists Network News
June 2012

20+ years of LGBT-friendly mental health networking
vol. V, Issue 6

The Latest

Twin Cities Pride 2012Pride Table
The LGBT Therapists network will host a table at the Twin Cities Pride festival in the Living Well Park section. VOLUNTEERS are NEEDED to staff the booth! If you staff the booth, your business cards will be displayed on the table for the duration of PRIDE; that’s quite an incentive!
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Set up: 8-9am
Shifts: two hour blocks:
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Shifts: two hour blocks: 10am-6pm
Take down: 6-630pm
Many thanks to the members who have already signed up. To fulfill our goal of 2-3 people per shift, we still need folks for every shift except Saturday morning set up and Sunday morning. If you are interested in helping, please email Irene Greene or call her at (612) 874-6442. Indicate your preference(s) for a shift on Saturday or Sunday and morning, midday or afternoon.


Coming Out Groups for Women
groups start summer 2012
14 week psycho-educational support group for women who are “coming out” as bisexual or lesbian or as a woman attracted to women or questioning
Members of the group will have the opportunity to:
* Share their “coming out” stories and journey
* Explore and share their questions about what they know, question and wonder about their sexual identity and sexual journey
* Discuss what it is like to be a woman who is attracted to women
* Discuss their feelings, thoughts, and questions about coming out, including fears, doubts, relief, grief, shame, guilt, self-consciousness, anger, isolation, awkwardness, excitement, risks, worries, and joys
* Share their process and concerns in coming out to themselves, family, children, spouse, partners, friends, workplace, spiritual community, neighbors, schools, mental health & medical professionals, etc.
* Discuss other factors that may mix with coming out (i.e., life, financial & identity changes, sexual abuse history, class, race, physical ability, aging)
* Discuss sex, sexuality & the continuums of sexual and gender identity
* Explore stereotypes, heterosexism, heterosexual privilege, internalized homophobia, and LGBTQ culture
* Talk about feelings and strategies in meeting women, dating, and having sex
* Share resources (i.e., books, web sites, classes, resources for family)
* Increase a sense of pride and self-love in being more fully who they are
This is a non-judgmental, safe, confidential, sex-positive, and open place to share, discuss and question anything about coming out, sexuality, sexual identity, and your own journey. Everyone’s process is respected and supported. Members may choose how much they choose to share.
The group will meet for 14 consecutive weeks and for 75 minutes/session. Specific date and time to be determined. Each group member will be given a weekly topic outline, bibliography, and resource list.
Call for more information and to schedule a personal Intake Session, which is $120. Group is $40 per each group session. Sliding fee scale available. Free phone consultation.
Group developed & facilitated by: Irene Greene, M.S.Ed. Psychotherapist
Suite 203. 100 West Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404
For more information: 612.874.6442. irenegreene@earthlink.net

Bi Community Needs Assessment Survey
Go to http://bineeds.wordpress.com. The survey takes only five minutes, and is critically important to help guide programming, both for BOP, but also for LGBT organizations throughout the state. Check out the site for more information about the needs assessment, and feel free to email Bill if you have any questions. We can really use your help -- please share this with the Bi people in your life.

Rainbow Health Initiative website
Hiring a Communications/Marketing Coordinator & a Healthy Community Program Manager
SHIFT charges forth on our valiant steeds and molds healthier LGBTQ communities by severing ties with corporate tobacco through education, advocacy, and power-punching policy. We work in solidarity with all marginalized communities to fight against the ruthless, manipulative corporate tobacco agenda in the Twin Cities area.
5th Annual Fruit Bowl Friday June 22 at Memory Lanes, Mpls
Internalized Homophobia survey
Violence Among Sexual Minorities survey

Trans* Commission Summer 2012 Leadership Retreat
Mon July 16 - 9am-5pm - Armory 116 - Mpls
Free and open to anyone interested in the work of the Trans* Commission! Come and join us for a day of Gender Dialogue, strategic planning, and goal setting for the 2012-13 academic year. Free lunch, snacks, and refreshments will be provided, including plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. RSVP to Devyn

2012 OUT Twin Cities Film Festival website
Thurs May 31 - Sun June 3 - St. Anthony Main Theatre - Mpls
Minnesota's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Film Festival

Quorum Events website
Coffee Fri June 1 - 8-9:30am - LUSH Food Bar - Mpls
Betty's Family Pride Reception
Wed June 13 - General Mills - Golden Valley
Network Night
Tues June 19 - 5:30-7:30pm - CAMP Bar - St. Paul
Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays May 31-June 16 - New Century Theater - Mpls - $5 discount when you mention "QUORUM"

The Naked I: Wide Open
June 13-16, 7:30pm - Intermedia Arts - Mpls - website
20% Theatre Company Twin Cities presents a remount of the sold-out show in February, featuring over 60 local artists. Filled with fresh, sexy, humorous, gut-punching, and unbelievably honest and true stories by transgender/gender non-conforming individuals and allies, The Naked I: Wide Open explores gender identity far beyond the land of "male" and "female".
Script for sale at performances.

MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery
June 15-17
, Chester, CT; July 13-15 Barrie Ontario website
The Weekends of Recovery were begun in 2001 by MaleSurvivor as an additional service to our members to help them make further progress in their recovery. The weekends were designed to assist any adult survivor who was seeking further support in his recovery by being in the company of other male survivors. In addition, the weekends were designed to introduce additional tools men could use when they returned home to assist in making further headway in their recovery.

MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery are open to any man, 18 or older, who have been sexually victimized as a child and/or assaulted or raped as an adult.

Camp Camp Revolution
August 23-26 - One Heartland Center - Willow River - website
Where Camp is Campy! A safe and welcoming place for all youth, especially youth who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, to be their full and true selves. It’s a chance for GLBTQA youth to come together for four days of fun and community building. A partnership between One Heartland and eight GLBTQ serving agencies working with youth ages 13-18 that identify as GLBTQ.

NAMI Minnesota website
Classes for professionals & the community:
Recognizing Early Warning Signs in Children & Adolescents
Compassion into Action: Recognizing and Responding to Patients with Mental Illnesses
Mental Health First Aid
Means Restriction Education
Free Open Door Support Group Facilitator Training

Minds Interrupted - Stories of Lives Affected by Mental Illness
June 18 - 7pm - History Theatre - St. Paul
The program will feature a dynamic series of monologues by seven people from the Twin Cities area who will share from their own, or their loved one’s, experiences with a mental illness.
more info

Study Shows Stereotypes about Bisexuality are Harmful
June 18 - 7pm - History Theatre - St. Paul
Researchers publishing in the The Journal of Bisexuality say a variety of unfounded assumptions often driven by the media contribute to a culture of Biphobia that affects all bisexual people. The studies show that the Bisexual community is diverse and subject to discrimination from gay/lesbian and straight people alike, which negatively impacts the health and social lives of people who identify as bisexual.
Denise Penn, a director with the American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB), spoke with GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) about her thoughts on these recent studies, and how to end stereotypes about bi people in the media.
Penn, who says that bisexuality "is sometimes forgotten" by the public, is very pleased with the increasing diversity of LGBT characters in the media, but notes "there's still a lot of progress to be made." Often when a character is portrayed as bisexual, "the stereotype lingers that it's a person who is confused, or someone who has a man and a woman on the side, or who has a woman and a man on the side."
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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