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Happy Holidays

The YMSM + LGBT COE would like to wish you all a very Happy Holiday Season!

Information on our upcoming quarterly webinar series will be sent out in early 2018.

Thank you for your support of the YMSM+LGBT COE!



LGBT Pride Month

LGBT Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan.  As part of CSAT’s recognition of LGBT Pride Month the YMSM+LGBT COE would like to encourage you to visit our archived webinars where you can learn more about the LGBT community.  We have webinars available on many topics including Creating an LGBT Affirming Organization, Supporting Change for LGBTQ Young Adults, and Working with and for Two-Spirit Individuals.   To learn more please visit LGBT Webinar Recordings.

We are also proud to present a 2-part webinar series featuring four model programs serving YMSM of color.  The programs are SAMHSA Targeted Capacity Expansion (TCE) HIV grantee award winners who will share their successes and lessons learned providing substance use disorder treatment and HIV prevention services.  The first webinar will be held on June 23, 2017 and we will hear from Jorge Diaz from the Nuevo Amanecer/New Dawn program at Bienestar Human Services and Wendell Glenn from the ADAM Project at Behavioral Health Services.  The second webinar will be held on July 28, 2017 and will feature Donald Powell and Sean Underwood from Project Aspire at Exponents and Anthony Contreras from Getting OFF! at Tarzana Treatment Center.  Click here for more information!

Coping with Hope

On June 6, 2017 Dr. Freese presented at Coping with Hope: HIV in Uncertain Times.  This conference was sponsored by the Los Angeles County HIV Mental Health Task Force.  His presentation focused on addressing substance abuse risk in LGBT populations.  Please visit our Facebook page to watch the hour long presentation and learn more our about out the trainings we provide.

Click here to visit our page: YMSM + LGBT COE Facebook Page

Spanish Language ToT

The YMSM+LGBT Center of Excellence hosted a Training of Trainers (ToT) event for Spanish speakers on March 30-31, 2017 in New York.  The Center of Excellence is excited to have more trainers available to conduct our new training “A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals (2nd Edition)”.

TOT in Mystic Lake, Minnesota

The Center of Excellence held it’s third Training of Trainer (TOT) events last week in Mystic Lake, Minnesota.  Trainers from all over the country met over a 2-day period and learned about the curriculum “A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals (2nd Edition)”.  We now have over 60 trainers available who are able to deliver this curriculum to agencies and providers across the nation.

Thank you to everyone who applied to attend a TOT event – and to all who helped spread the word!


Native LGBTQ/Two Spirit Population

The National American Indian and Alaska Native ATTC is excited to share its most recent newsletter, a special issue focusing on the Native LGBTQ/Two Spirit population.  In this newsletter we celebrate the strength and resilience of the Native LGBTQ community.  Special guest writers include: Rick Haverkate, MPH Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians; Apacuar/Tutmalria Larry Kairaiuak, Yup’ik; and Michaela Grey, MPH, Dine´.  Each bring their own expertise and experiences to this newsletter.

In this issue, the National AI/AN ATTC also introduces its upcoming curriculum titled “Honoring Our Relations: Increasing Knowledge on Native LGBTQ/Two Spirit Wellness”.  This curriculum is designed to help increase provider’ knowledge and ability to respond to the challenges of Native LGBTQ/Two Spirit individuals.

We hope that you enjoy this special edition newsletter which can accessed at this link:

AI/AN ATTC Special Issue Newsletter





Stonewall National Monument

On June 24, 2016 President Obama designated Stonewall a National Monument.  This is America’s first LGBT national park site.

The Stonewall uprising in 1969 is considered one of the most pivotal events in the LGBT rights movement.

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Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida

The NALGAP Board of Directors released the following statement on the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida. The Center of Excellence on YMSM + LGBT populations affirms and supports the statement.


The Board of Directors of NALGAP, The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies, wishes to express its deepest condolences to family and friends of those killed or injured in the senseless attacks in Orlando, Florida.

As most of us were just waking up on Sunday morning, June 12, 2016, we heard of the tragedy that had occurred. Those in the Orlando area most directly affected will need a lot of support. We also wish to remind our colleagues and fellow addiction professionals of the devastating impact of trauma on many of our clients; specifically, many of our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Gender Non-Confirming Clients will be profoundly affected. Interpersonal Violence and Community Trauma is unfortunately all too familiar to LGBTQ Individuals as well as our Allies, families and friends.

We are reminded that a gay nightclub like Pulse in Orlando is not just a bar. For many it was a sanctuary, a place to find community, to find others like yourself, to discovery you are not the only one. This connecting can be experienced by many, and for persons in early recovery, the connection can be very strong. Clients will experience a range of emotions following this tragedy. As addiction professionals, we have become increasingly aware of the impact of trauma for individuals affected by addictions.

We have been moved to the understanding that without trauma- informed care many clients will not be able to sustain recovery. The principles of a trauma-informed approach and trauma-specific interventions have become necessary in assisting our clients to heal. Following the tragedy in Orlando we need to be prepared to address the traumatic stress and unhealed wounds that will be experienced by our clients in the days, weeks and months to come.

We also need to be mindful of the affect this tragedy will have on our fellow NALGAP members; LGBTQ Addiction Professionals and our allies can also experience vicarious trauma during this difficult time. We need to create space that is safe for all to heal.

This is now the worst terrorist attack that has occurred in the United States since 9/11. As with other traumatic incidents, we often look to assign blame. While the shooter is accountable for his actions, far too often LGBT individuals can fall victim to self-blame, a belief that because of who they love and how they live, violence is to be expected. We need to be mindful of how damaging heterosexism can be.

NALGAP is here to offer our support to others. We will provide resources for others. Many of our board members are trained trauma counselors and are available to offer assistance. Together we will heal. Together we will stand strong. Together we will get through this. NALGAP has been there for the LGBT community since 1979, and we will continue our efforts to advocate for the health, safety and wellbeing of all.



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APA Expresses Opposition To State Bills Targeting LGBT Citizens



The American Psychological Association today condemned the recent spate of bills introduced in state legislatures (and signed into law in North Carolina and Mississippi) that would discriminate against transgender individuals.  The APA is calling for passage of the federal Equality Act, which would protect the broader LGBTQ community from discrimination in employment, marriage, and public accommodations.  We know from many years of psychological research that discrimination has significant adverse effects on health, and as one 15-year-old transgender student in North Carolina put it, “it (the new law) gives permission to bully people.”

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