Virtual Coffee Hour for nurses working with LGBTQIA populations

On April 26, 2018 from 12-1pm Eastern time the LGBTQIA Health and Health Disparities RIG of the Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) and Nursing Section of Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality (formerly GLMA) are co-hosting a virtual coffee hour for nurses interested in working with LGBTQIA populations in practice, research, and education.

We are hoping this will become a monthly, ongoing discussion. The goal is to provide a space for nurses interested in work with LGBTQIA populations in any area to brainstorm together, obtain peer support, share opportunities for engagement and collaboration. The virtual coffee hour will also allow for networking with folks affiliated with both of our groups to increase access to potential collaborators and mentors.

This is an informal event. We encourage you to virtually stop by as your schedule allows, whether that is just for a few minutes to say hello or for a longer period of time.

The meeting will be hosted via Zoom, a secure online platform. Please join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android by pasting this web link into your browser:https://umassd.zoom.us/j/344981411

You can also call in via telephone if you don’t have access to the Internet during that time-US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 408 638 0968

 Meeting ID: 344 981 411

For questions or additional information, feel free to contact Caitlin Stover, Chair of the GLMA Nursing Section (cstover@umassd.edu) or the co-chairs of the ENRS LGBTQIA Health and Health Disparities RIG (enrs.lgbt.rig@gmail.com).

Sincerely,

Jordon Bosse, Kasey Jackman & Chasity Burrows (ENRS LGBTQIA RIG)
Caitlin Stover & Caroline Dorsen (GLMA Nursing Section)

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Save the date – GLMA Nursing Summit, Wednesday, October 10, 2018

You are invited to participate in the GLMA Nursing Summit, which will take place prior to the GLMA Annual Conference on LGBT Health—the premier scientific conference on LGBTQ health. The Summit will be held at the Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas, located at 3555 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109.

The goal of the GLMA Nursing Summit is to build an inclusive home that promotes capacity building for LGBTQ nurses, nurse allies and nurse supporters. The summit will provide a forum for mentorship, support, and networking to develop and refine skills nec-essary to promote health equity for LGBTQ individuals. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, research, leadership, education and training, policy and activism, workplace climate, and patient care. Nursing CE will be available.

 

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Upcoming Events

We have received notice of notable events for from the Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) LGBTQIA Research Interest Group (RIG)

April 22- 24, 2018, SYNChronicity2018, (Washington, D. C.)
The National Coalition for LGBT Health presents SYNChronicity 2018, a conference on LGBT, HIV, and HCV Health. Over the course of three days, in plenary and track sessions, SYNC 2018 features thought leaders and key influencers presenting the latest information on LGBT health. SYNC 2018 will address an array of topics, including best practices to SYNC STD prevention and treatment within the LGBT community: addiction services for LGBT individuals: transitional health services for transgender youth; trauma-informed care for LGBT domestic violence survivors; and harm reduction and smoking cessation for LGBT youth. For more information: http://healthhiv.org/synchronicity/

May 4 – 6, 2018 LGBT Health Workforce Conference (NYC, NY)
The LGBT Health Workforce Conference provides an overview of up-to-date practices (climate, educational, research, and clinical) in preparing the health care workforce to address the health concerns and disparities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. This conference is designed for health professionals, social workers, psychologists, educators, and students (pre-health professions, professional schools, and graduate), but all interested are invited to attend.

May 24-25, LGBTQ Research Symposium (Champaign-Urbana, IL)
The 6th Annual LGBTQ Research Symposium is focused on “Queer Thriving in the Current Social & Political Climate”. Dr. Mignon Moore from Barnard College will be the keynote speaker. The mission of the LGBTQ Research Symposium is to develop a strong interdisciplinary and collaborative network of students, scholars, practitioners, and policy makers focusing on research challenges and opportunities unique to working with LGBTQ populations. Specifically, one goal is to foster the methodological growth of students and new professionals.

Jordon Bosse, MS, RN      Kasey Jackman, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC    Chasity Burrows-Walters, PhD, RN
PhD Candidate                    Postdoctoral Research Scientist                Director of Patient & Caregiver Engagement
College of Nursing              School of Nursing                                        Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
UMass Amherst                  Columbia University
Twitter: @jbossern
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Banned or Not, Avoiding These Words is a Concern

[Originally posted to the GLMA Nursing Section blog on 1/4/18.]

In the wake of the article in the Washington Post on December 15 stating that the current administration has banned the use of specific words in budget documents from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), including, “transgender,” “fetus,” and “evidence-based,” several organizations, including GLMA, have made statements opposing this.

From GLMA: “This past year, the Trump administration has continually demonstrated that it is no ally of the transgender community, nor the entire LGBTQ community, by issuing policy to ban transgender individuals in the military, rescinding protection guidelines for transgender students in schools, eliminating gender identity questions from surveys of older Americans, and fighting gender-identity non-discrimination regulations in healthcare. This directive is yet another attack on transgender individuals.”

From the ANA: “From the very first days of Florence Nightingale’s work, nurses have relied on evidence-based practice to provide quality care. News stories indicating that the Administration told the CDC not to use words including “diverse,” “vulnerable,” and “evidence-based,” have sparked justifiable concern.”

In the Washington Post report, the CDC is said to have been given alternative phrases, as follow:

In some instances, the analysts were given alternative phrases. Instead of “science-based” or ­“evidence-based,” the suggested phrase is “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes,” the person said. In other cases, no replacement words were immediately offered.

This alternative is even more alarming for LGBTQ issues, since this “alternative” leaves wide open the ability of certain communities that do not wish to acknowledge LGBTQ existence, much less rights, to have the right to deny the science and evidence that points to serious disparities in our communities.

The CDC, while having no visible statement on the controversy on their own website, is disputing the claims in the original article.  Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, director of the CDC, has issued several tweets on the theme that “There are no banned words.”  She also issued a statement to news outlets to this effect.  The Washington Post has acknowledged this statement in a follow-up editorial, but notes that even if this is an internal guidance as opposed to an external mandate it is still a concern, just a slightly different concern.

Whether this list of words to avoid came from the administration as a directive or from within the CDC as guidance to help get the current administration and/or congress on board with their budget, the net effect is the same: to minimize and potentially erase the needs of at-risk groups, whether they be deemed vulnerable, eligible for entitlements, transgender, etc.  Assurances that “HHS will continue to use the best scientific evidence available to improve the health of all Americans” are sufficiently broad and vague as to not be reassuring at all.  As the GLMA statement says, “nothing short of a clear, strong statement [that the CDC will continue to use science-based approaches to improve the health and well-being of the full diversity of the American people, including transgender individuals] will fully absolve any doubts regarding the inclusion of transgender people in the communities that are served under the mission of the CDC.”

As we watch and wait to see what the ultimate outcome will be, the nurses of the GLMA Nursing Section remain committed to evidence- and science-based care of the full diversity of our patients, from the time they are a fetus until the end of life, including those who are vulnerable, who depend upon entitlements, and particularly those who are transgender.

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Public Perceptions of Sexual Violence and the LGBT Community

Warning: This post contains sensitive content related to sexual violence.

2017 has been a year of renewed attention to sexuality, but in a different context than usual. From public protesting of sexual harassment at the Golden Globes to the resurgence of the #MeToo movement, people of all genders and sexual orientations have banded together to reclaim their sexual rights and fight against injustices in the face of political oppression. In fact, the problem of sexual violence has garnered so much attention that Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” is the Silence Breakers– those individuals that, while unique, all shared a common story of sexual harassment or abuse. We know from research that sexual violence is an especially pertinent problem for sexual and gender minority persons, who are victimized at similar or higher rates than heterosexual counterparts. But what happens when LGBT identities are brought into the conversation as perpetrators?

When Kevin Spacey was accused of harassing young men, he took the opportunity not only to apologize, but also to publicly identify as a gay man. Some outspoken LGBT figures have claimed that this admission was little more than an attempt to “hide under the rainbow” instead of taking responsibility. Now we are forced to wonder how that reflects on our communities. As identities that have historically (and inaccurately!) been stereotyped as focused on sex, LGBT identities have often been marginalized and reduced to erroneous and demeaning stereotypes. However, we can also recognize the tension between avoiding this stereotype and the fact that sexual assault is, has been, and will likely continue to be a problem within the LGBT community. Given this tension, are LGBT individuals now portrayed in an even worse light when someone accused of sexual harassment apologizes and self-identifies in the same breath?

What we can take from this movement, in the midst of all the negative and “fake” news floating around these days, is that these important issues are being discussed. People of all genders and sexual orientations are standing up for their rights, sexual and otherwise. But here at GLMA, we’re interested in linking these discussions to what we know- so we’d like to put out a call to our readers. Do you know of research linking these ideas? How might these misguided ideas of identity and behavior be inaccurately reflected in future policy and stereotype reinforcement? What are your opinions, and how can we move forward in a positive and non-re-traumatizing manner?

For anyone who needs it, resources to LGBT friendly sexual violence resources.

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