·Wednesday, August 21st pre-Summit sessions including Building Health Care Alliances to Address Disparities in LGBTI Health: From the Consumer to the Policymake, focused on the nitty-gritty issues facing LGBTI health policy leaders; Queer Theory / Queer Health, a workshop focused on ways in which the academic field of queer theory might inform a queer health movement; The Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Leadership Institute intended to promote skills-building and leadership development among women; and Our Bodies, Our Sex Lives, Our Health: A One-Day Training for Leaders of the Gay Men’s Health Movement, aimed at preparing a cadre of local leaders in activist-oriented, sex-positive, and asset-based approaches to gay men’s health.
·A report back from the International AIDS Conference in Barcelona, Spain, taking place just weeks before the Summit, featuring key LGBTI doctors, researchers, and activists who are attending the conference with an eye to the health of people with HIV/AIDS and LGBTI health issues.
·A major plenary session titled, Why the “I”?: Integrating Intersex Health Into the LGBT Health Movement that will examine the politics and pragmatics of organizing around sex and gender issues in a queer health movement.
·A Summit-long examination of issues related to substance use, addiction, and harm-reduction in LGBTI communities, including Just Say Know: Why Drug Policy Reform is Important to LGBTI Communities: From Medical Marijuana to Shutting Down Clubs and Raves, “Straight” Talk from Queer Researchers About Drug Use, and, What is the Harm in Harm Reduction?: How We Think About Adverse Effects and Patterns Related to Drug and Alcohol Use.
·Over two hundred activities, debates, workshops, performances, and speeches focused on a rich mix of workshops focused on issues impacting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex health, including a focus on model programs, activism and community organizing, research, and cutting-edge debates on emerging issues.
There are limited housing and registration slots available for participation, so interested people are urged to register sooner rather than later and make housing arrangements now.
The National LGBTI Health Summit 2002 is likely to be a watershed event in the history of queer health organizing in the United States and beyond-activists are already registered from 30 states and six countries, including Australia, the Philippines, and Zimbabwe. We have received initial funding from the Gill Foundation and Bristol Myers Squibb and are seeking additional funding to support the Summit program and provide scholarships for low-income participants.
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