If you haven't already registered for the 2012 Gay Men's Health Summit, now is the time to do it! The summit takes place July 20th and 21st at George Washington University. There will be 40 workshops and two plenary discussions taking place over the course of the summit. Here is a sneak peak at one workshop you won't want to miss.
Celebrating male diversity: Emotional support & community building with trans-men.
Andres Hoyos, MS, LCSW, Angelino Williams, LGBT Community Center in NYC
Making decisions about your body isn't easy; neither is talking about isolation and depression among trans-men. That is why the space created at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City for transgender men to connect with others is so important. The goal is to increase knowledge, strengthen minds and confidence in the ways transmen think about health and wellness while sharing experiences and celebrating their manhood. We address identity, sexuality, sexual desires, safety, community and taking control of our lives. There is a fear within the trans male culture of talking about mental health. We seek to normalize the conversation by opening a discussion about the similarities between cis-gendered gay men and trans gay men. This workshop will foster not only respect the diversity of trans-men and focus on building healthy relationships between gay trans-men, but also will confront transphobia between masculine identities and feelings about being gay by celebrating trans-identities as important part of the continuum of masculine identities.
This is only one of many workshops that will be presented this year. Click HERE for more information about the summit, including registration, housing, workshops and events around and during the summit.