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  • Workshops & Trainings
  • Conferences
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  • Resources
  • Research
  • Professional Organization News

MN LGBT Therapists Network News
March 2016

25+ years of LGBT-friendly mental health networking
vol. IX, Issue 1

Network News

LGBT Therapists Steering Committee Meetings
Wed 16 Mar - 8:00 - 9:30 am
Wed 13 Apr - 8:00 - 9:30 am
Wed 11 May - 8:00 - 9:30 am
Wed 8 June - 8:00 - 9:30 am

The Healing Well - Suite 203 - 2100 1st Ave S - Mpls
All members of the LGBT Therapists Network are welcome to attend. RSVP (encouraged but not essential) to Irene Greene email - (612) 874-6442

LGBT Therapists Facebook Group 
FacebookHave you joined our Facebook Group yet? We'd love to see you there and hear from you.
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Save The Date for our upcoming all day conference!

Beyond the Boxes II: Three Cutting Edge Topics in LGBTQ Mental Health

  • Gender Fluidity
  • Polyamorous Relationships
  • Compassion and Oppression Fatigue for LGBTQ Therapists
Friday, September 30, 2016, 9am-4pm.
SPONSORED BY: The LGBT Therapists Network (the people who brought you Beyond the Boxes I in 2010)

FOR: Mental health providers and community members. CEUs will be available
WHERE: Walker Church, Minneapolis
FEE: Discount for our members. Fee TBD.

Our last two educational events sold out. We only have seating for 160 people.

Join our Facebook Events Page for the conference. 

Volunteers Needed
1) Help with our conference
If you are interested in volunteering on the Conference Planning Committee please contact Irene Greene

2)  Staff our Networktable at the Resource Fair of the BECAUSE: Bisexuality conference.
The BECAUSE Conference 2016 will be held on April 8-10, 2016 in Coffman Memorial Union at the University of Minnesota. The Resource Fair will be Saturday, April 2, 2016 

Workshops & Trainings

Balancing the Needs of You, Me and Us: The Rainbow of Individual and Relationship Symmetry

FINALLY! A relationship workshop designed for adults who ID as QUEER / LGBTQIP2SAA / Poly / Kinky

By Irene Greene, MSEd

For: Adults, in a relationship or not, who identify as Queer, LGBTQIP2SAA*, and/or poly and/or kinky.

Communication ~ Connection ~ Appreciation ~ Understanding

  • Explore the impacts of trauma and oppression fatigue on our personal and inter-personal health
  • Assess how each partner's issues and needs influence your relationship dynamics
  • Learn myths (and facts) that foster and undermine balanced relationships
  • Learn strategies to better listen, understand, argue, and problem-solve
  • Come away with concrete steps to develop your own Relationship Care Plan

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Walker Community UMC, South Minneapolis
Facilitator: Irene Greene, MSEd - 29+ years 
psychotherapist, activist, and trainer. Irene is affirming and inclusive of the fluidity and variety of sexual and gender expressions and relationships. She also adheres to a fundamental consciousness for how the layers of cultural and systematic oppression and trauma influence personal and inter-personal health. 
Cost: $180 per person. $190 for registrations made after April 7. Scholarships available. $100 deposits saves your spot. Register 
early, as Irene's workshops do fill up and space is limited. (Registration & payment Details). For each friend you refer, you will receive $5 back on your registration fee. 

*LGBTQIP2SAA - Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queer & Questioning, Intersex, Pansexual, Two-Spirit, Asexual & Allies

This workshop is intended as a safe, affirming, sex-positive, non-judgmental, and accepting space for all gender, sexual, and romantic forms of expression, consenting adult activities, and relationships. People who can join this intention are welcome to register and attend. 

BDSM and Intimate Partner Violence Training

As with every type of relationship, intimate partner violence (IPV) can occur in relationships that include consensual BDSM. Now NCSF (National Coalition of Sexual Freedom) can educate your local victim service providers about the difference between kink and abuse.

NCSF is offering a free, half-day training for victim service providers on how to work effectively with kinky people. After completing this intensive workshop, participants will leave with the cultural competency to serve clients who incorporate BDSM into their intimate relationships. 

Topics will include:
  • BDSM-affirming language to use during intake
  • Research about BDSM participants and why they may be reluctant to reach out to service providers
  • Composite case studies of situations handled by the NCSF and trained IPV service providers
On-site training is available for locations in, or within an hour from, the metropolitan Washington D.C. area. Otherwise, training will take place over an online platform like Google Hangouts or Skype. (if on-site training is desired outside the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, requesting agency will be responsible for travel and lodging costs.)

Facilitator Information:
Ashley Hammond brings experience in training development and group facilitation to her work. She has extensive knowledge of the BDSM community and an understanding of the latest research in violence prevention. Ashley is working towards her PhD at Widener University Center for Human Sexuality Studies.

Sponsoring Organization:
The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is committed to creating a political, legal, and social environment in the United States that advances the equal rights of consenting adults who practice forms of alternative sexual and relationship expression. NCSF advances the rights and advocates for consenting adults in the BDSM-Leather-Fetish, swing, and polyamory communities. We pursue our vision through direct services, education, advocacy, and outreach in conjunction with our partner organizations to directly benefit these communities. 


Midwest Bi-Sexuality Conference: UM-Twin Cities

My Identities, My Life

This year's theme will create space to center and honor the intersections of our multiple identities. Often times, we find ourselves in spaces where we are forced to choose which identities we bring to the table. By isolating our identities, we create barriers to authentic conversations, moments of solidarity and personal growth.

This conference will support an environment where we'll combat identity erasure, create meaningful relationships, empower members of our community, and further educate the community on what it means to be bi+. The BECAUSE Conference is the annual conference of the Bisexual Organizing Project. 

BECAUSE website

Sexual Freedom Summit

7th Year of the only Sexual Freedom Summit!

Hilton Mark Center, Alexandria, VA
August 4, 2016 - August 7, 2016


Love Passionately

Experience Sensory Awakening

Do you want your taste buds tantalized? Would you like your skin to experience it's full sensuality? Do you want to realize more of your potential? Open to all genders and orientations ages 18 and up.

Our next events:
In Minnesota:
1st Saturdays at Open Minds Fusion Studio 7-9 pm
Saturday, March 5: Sexual Breathing
Saturday, April 2: Playful Connections
Saturday, May 7: Presence of Love

3rd Saturdays at Kaleidoscope Healing Arts 7-9 pm
Saturday, March 19: Sensual Touch
Saturday, April 16: Mindful Intimacy

In California:
April 29 - May 1: Timeless Loving
May 27 - June 3: Love & Ecstasy 1
August 19 - August 26: Love & Ecstasy 2
December 2 - December 9: Love & Ecstasy 3 with Margot Anand
December 30 - January 1: Tantric Massage

Diane Long
Copyright 2016 Love Passionately, All rights reserved.
11917 23rd Avenue N
Plymouth, MN 55441

Health: The Next LGBTQ Movement

Monday, March 28, 2016; 8:00 AM to Noon
Wilder Foundation

Camp True Colors 2016

July 6 - July 11, 2016
LGBTQ Youth Camp


UMN Trans Women's Sexual Health Study

Seeking Transgender/Transexual Women and/or Transfeminine Spectrum Identified Individuals for a study on sexual health needs. 

The Program in Human Sexuality at the University of Medical School is seeking 18+ year old transgender/transexual women and/or transfeminine spectrum identified individuals for a focus group exploring trans* women's sexual health needs. The focus group will include discussion about relationships and sexual health concerns. You will be provided with food and beverage for participating when attending the focus group. For additional information, or if you are interested in participating, please email twsh@umn.edu or contact Dr. Jennifer Vencill at 612-625-1500. This research is being conducted by Dr. Jennifer Vencill & Dr. Katie Spencer. Website

Participate in the MN Transgender Aging Project

Rainbow Health Initiative and Dr. Abel Knochel of the University of Minnesota, Duluth, are seeking volunteers to participate in a research study with transgender older adults in the Twin Cities and Arrowhead regions. This study seeks to explore:
  • What medical and aging resources are available for transgender older adults?
  • How do transgender older adults experience health and aging services in the Twin Cities and Arrowhead regions?
  • What do health and aging services need to better serve this population?
Interested in participating?
Transgender people (people who identify with a gender that differs from the gender they were 
assigned at birth) over age 60 who live or use services in the Twin Cities or Arrowhead regions are eligible to participate.

Participants will be asked to complete a confidential interview or focus group about their experience with health and/or aging services and will receive a $50 gift card.

Call Dylan Flunker at 612-206-3180 or email agingproject@rainbowhealth.org to learn more. 


2016 MN LGBT Resources Guide

Inclusive and respectful services for LGBT older adults can go unnoticed and unused simply because of fear. A 2012 survey of Twin Cities LGBT older adults showed fewer than one in five believed they would receive sensitive services if a provider knew they were a member of the LGBT community. This second publication of the Twin Cities LGBT Aging Resource Guide helps address this barrier. 

The 2nd edition has more than 20 service provider categories. Providers listed completed a survey attesting to the inclusiveness of their services. The guide also includes questions to ask when interviewing a service provider about specific needs and visual cues to look for that indicate an LGBT-welcoming environment.

The guide can be downloaded or picked up at community locations including Quatrefoil Library. 

Professional Organization News

As you may already know, AASECT is tuning 50 in 2017! To begin planning our 50th Anniversary celebrations, we would like to form a planning committee that will be responsible for planning/leading the activities that will be celebrated during the 2017 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV, June 13-17, 2017.

The 50th Anniversary Committee will consist of a small group of members that will brainstorm and plan ideas with the goal of bringing added visibility and recognition to AASECT, its programs and people; focusing on the future of AASECT while celebrating the past; and building an even strong sense of community for AASECT members. We welcome members of all ages and experiences with AASECT over the last 50 years. Members interested in joining AASECT's 50th Anniversary Committee should submit any celebration ideas and their current CV to Executive Director, Michael Chan, at mchan@bostrom.com
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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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