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Trans Equality — National LGBTQ Health Conference 2017

Image Source: National Center for Transgender Equality

by Elizabeth Duke, PsyD

April 28-30th I had a wonderful opportunity — to attend the National LGBTQ Health Conference 2017!  The event was sponsored by Northwestern Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing as well as Center on Halsted Sexual Orientation and Gender Institute. The conference was specifically geared toward research that could help practitioners (medical and otherwise) improve the quality of service they provide to sexual minority populations.

It was such a treat to learn about this cutting edge research and meet the passionate professionals blazing the trail. I  heard the details of various studies including the effects of orchiectomy on metabolic syndrome, the development of a tool to measure body and behavior satisfaction in trans men, and data compiled by the CDC regarding risk behaviors correlated with sexual minority status in high-school students. It was an exciting and thought-provoking weekend, and I look forward to it’s return in coming years!

The image attached, 52 Things You Can Do for Transgender Equality,  was distributed at the conference by National Center for Transgender Equality. It was one of many useful resources that were available to participants.

About Elizabeth Duke

Elizabeth Duke, Psy.D, is the former Clinical Director at LifeWorks Psychotherapy. She trained as an Equine Assisted Psychotherapist and also has had a therapy dog. Clients who are experiencing depression, loss, or long standing difficulties in relationships sometimes find a therapy animal can offer a unique channel of healing that may not require words. Elizabeth is a member of the American Psychological Association; Division 32, Society for Humanistic Psychology; Division 44, Society for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues; and Kink & Poly Aware Chicago Therapists (KPACT).

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