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follow-up from yesterday’s meeting

Hello, All:

At yesterdays HIV Mental Health Task Force meeting we decided that we would use the last 1/2 hour of the meeting every month to work on building up a small, existing SAMHSA LGBT curriculum into a very substantial “skin” which could be applied to any existing treatment intervention, making the intervention specific to each of the following populations (terminology to be a major part of the curriculum development, but for purposes of explanation) lesbian, gay, non-gay MSM, bisexual men, bisexual women, trans* men, trans* women.

We have a googledrive folder which you can accessed by anyone who is interested in working on this project. We will be able to share links to related articles, best practices etc., and we can also wordsmith the existing product.

If you are interested to work on this project, please  let us know.

On August 24th, I am providing a full-day training on the curriculum as-is. You are welcome to attend the training (register here: to get an idea of what we have to work with.

08-24-17 LGBT flyer



06/16/17: LA County LGBTQ Youth Preparedness | Stakeholder Convening

Dear Colleague,

On October 11th, 2015 the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion to hire a consultant to assess all county departments with regard to their work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.  On March 28, 2017, Khush Cooper & Associates, in collaboration with the Williams Institute at UCLA, submitted our report on the Los Angeles County LGBTQ Youth Preparedness Scan to the Office of Child Protection.  The report is available by clicking here.

You are cordially invited to attend a Stakeholder Convening where we will discuss implications contained in the report and begin a community conversation about how we can work together to prevent LGBTQ youth from becoming disproportionately represented in the Los Angeles child welfare system and experiencing disparities.

This event will be held at the Center at Cathedral Plaza on June 16th, 2017 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.

Center at Cathedral Plaza
555 W. Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Self-paid parking $10
The parking structure is located directly under the conference center.  Entrances off both Temple and Hill Street.

8:30 am – 9:00 am                Registration and Breakfast
(Buffet features fresh fruit cocktail, scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, pastries, butter and preserves, orange juice, coffee and teas)
9:00 am – 9:15 am               Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 am – 10:15 am              Presentation
10:15 am – 10:30 am           Break
10:30 am – 11:30 am           Table Discussions
11:30 am – 12:00 pm           Report Out and Wrap Up

Kindly RSVP by June 7th, 2017 by completing the information below and replying to

Last Name:_______________________

First Name:_______________________

Organization/County Department:_________________________


Phone Number:___________________

Your presence and partnership for this important conversation is greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards.

Khush Cooper

The Epidemic of Gay Loneliness

This was sent by a friend, John Kirby.


Hello everyone,


It’s not often that I come across an article about which I feel so strongly that I have to send it to every person I know who works with gay men, either professionally or in 12-step groups – but this is absolutely the best, most relevant piece I’ve read in over ten years. Grab a cup of coffee, it’s a long read, but well worth it for you and your clinicians.


Bilingual HIV RN Case Manager Position Available in MCC (Medical Care Coordination) Program-East Los Angeles

For more information on how to apply please contact Alonso Bautista, MA, MFTI at 323-869-5408


The Nurse Case Manager will provide case management services to an ongoing case load of individuals living with HIV/AIDS.  The RNCM works as part of an interdisciplinary team to formulate care plans based on assessment and provision of care priorities. Coordination of services with the social worker /mental health clinician, and other psycho-social support services for persons with HIV/AIDS needing higher level of care. The RNCM will work under the Home Based Case Management (HBCM) program or the Medical Care Coordination (MCC) program. The RNCM for HBCM will coordinate services for persons who are homebound and when applicable, will coordinate activities with in-home support, skilled nursing facilities, hospital nursing personnel, members of the interdisciplinary team and with the physician in the clinic. The RNCM for MCC will act as team lead to ensure the patient’s needs are met and their care is coordinated through the delivery of brief interventions focused on patient education, treatment adherence, managing side effects, medical nutrition therapy, co-infections, and preventative care.


  1. Identifies and enrolls persons with HIV/AIDS into a case management program providing services within the HMCM and MCC programs.
  2. Works as part of an interdisciplinary team to formulate care plans based on assessment and provision of care priorities.
  3. Coordinates services with the social worker /mental health clinician and other psycho-social support services for persons with HIV/AIDS needing higher level of care.
  4. Coordinate access to other services including, nutrition services, legal services, in-home support, attendant care, and skilled nursing.
  5. Actively participants in Case Conferences to determine appropriate care plan for patients.
  6. Delivers brief interventions focused on patient education, treatment adherence, managing side effects, medical nutrition therapy, co?infections, and preventative care.
  7. The Nurse Case Manager will participate in the developing of all program material, policies and procedures related to the nurse case management program; includes creating program manuals and Quality Management policies.
  8. Develops program informational and educational materials and various forms.
  9. Cultivates and develops community social services linkages for patients and families with HIV/AIDS.
  10. Identifies third party payer sources, completes Medi-Cal and/or Medi-Care paper work; Qualifies participants for the State AIDS Case Management Program services.
  11. Collects demographics, compiles monthly reports and statistics.
  12. Works to coordinate support services with hospital discharge planners as needed.
  13. Attends staff meetings, programmatic trainings/meetings, various community meetings, task forces and local consortium.
  14. May be required to perform clinical nurse duties as needed
  15. Performs other related duties as assigned.


  1. Graduation from an accredited Baccalaureate School of Nursing or a related field and two years experience in administration or management, public health nursing and/or case management or an RN with three years experience in home health care and/or case management.
  2. Current, active, and unrestricted registered nursing license provided by the State of California.
  3. A minimum of one year experience working with HIV populations preferred.
  4. Bilingual: English/Spanish required

Laverne Cox and the Urgent Pedagogy of Survival | Keiko Lane

Laverne Cox and the Urgent Pedagogy of Survival

California-Institute-of-Integral-Studies Posted on May 29 2014

By Keiko Lane 

The following article will be featured in the Spring 2014 issue of CIIS Today.

We were on our feet long before Laverne Cox walked onto the stage. Karim Baer, Director of Public Programs & Performances, introduced the evening, shouting out the LGBTQI organizations that helped with the event. He told us who was in the theater with us, and who had tried to be in the theater with us: an activist in London who had heard about the event and raised funds to ensure that young trans people who might not otherwise be able to attend, could, and two trans activists from Sudan who couldn’t get visas. “We’ll get them here next time,” Baer promised.

“As a university, one of the things that we want to do is use arts and ideas to promote change,” Baer continued. “We wanted to honor Laverne, and what better way to celebrate Women’s History Month than by hosting Laverne Cox.”

The audience of 1,200 cheered. Then we quieted long enough for him to introduce Theresa Sparks, Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, and the first trans woman named “Woman of the Year” by the California State Assembly.

“We need to change the public’s perception of how they see us and who we are,” said Sparks. “Media is the most powerful way to do this. We need strong voices, courageous spokespeople—and we need them to be visible. Laverne Cox is one of those individuals emerging as our face, our voice, and our very integrity.” >>> FULL ARTICLE 

CALL FOR PAPERS: 19th Annual LGBT Psychotherapy Conference



19th Annual LGBT Psychotherapy Conference

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Great news!!! We are proud to announce that our annual psychotherapy conference will be hosted by Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA) and the LGBT Specialization in Clinical Psychology on November 2, 2014.

We are simplifying the workshop submission process. Below is a link to the downloadable application form. We are asking that you submit a short “concept” application to help us create an exciting program. Once these are reviewed and accepted, then presenters will be asked to complete the longer APA certified application. We are asking for your concept applications immediately; but then you will have a month to complete the full application. So put on your thinking caps and submit a “concept” for workshop.

Persons who are selected to present at the Conference will receive significant benefits including: half-off full membership rate in LAGPA (a $60 saving), reduced admission to the Conference (a $120 saving), and can have his or her business card printed in the Conference Program besides appearing on our website and newsletter for one year.

Save the Date:  November 2, 2014.

Workshop Concept Applications (“Call for Papers”) due: May 15, 2014

Download Concept Application here:


Please consider sponsoring or advertising in the Conference.  More than 100 professionals attend.  What better way to reach this targeted audience than to sponsor or advertise?  Here are the appropriate forms.

Download Sponsorship form:

Download Advertising form:


Chuck Stewart, Ph.D.
LAGPA Executive Director
P.O. Box 34142
Los Angeles, CA  90034
310-838-6247 (f)

Direct contact to Chuck Stewart
3722 Bagley Ave. #19
Los Angeles, CA  90034
310-838-6247 (voice and fax)

Announcements can be placed at our Facebook forum:
Please visit: or search for “LAGPA” in Facebook

11/22/13: TransVisible – Transgender Latina Immigrants in U.S. Society

DOWNLOAD FLYER: 11-22-13 transvisible flyer | REGISTER HERE FOR 2.5 CEUs

 facebook event page

11-22-13 transvisible flyer

Kaiser Permanente’s Health plan benefits for transgender individuals

Health plan benefits for transgender individuals

Health plan benefits for transgender individuals

If you or a loved one are transgender, please read the update below about coverage for transgender-related care.

You may have heard about a new regulatory directive issued to California health plans by the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) on April 9, 2013. The directive requires health plans with benefits that are regulated by the DMHC to provide transgender individuals with the same benefits that are available to non-transgender individuals.*

We want you to know that Kaiser Permanente’s health plans regulated by the DMHC now include coverage for medically necessary health care services for transgender individuals including, for example, behavioral health services, hormone therapy, and transgender surgery. General exclusions and limitations that apply to all services also apply to transgender services.

Some of our health plans were previously permitted to exclude coverage for transgender surgery. We are no longer applying that exclusion in our DMHC-regulated health plans. If you’re enrolled in one of those health plans, this means that you now have transgender surgery benefits even if your current Evidence of Coverage document lists transgender surgery as an exclusion. Also, for our DMHC-regulated health plans that previously covered transgender surgery and included a lifetime dollar limit on the surgery benefits, as of April 9, 2013, we are no longer applying those dollar limits.

For more information about these benefits, please contact our Member Service Contact Center at1-800-464-4000 (toll free). Learn more about transgender issues in our health encyclopedia.

Our Medi-Cal plans, KPIC insurance plans, and Kaiser Permanente employee benefit plans also include coverage for these services. Medicare and Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) plans, and most employer self-funded plans administered by Kaiser Permanente, do not include coverage for transgender surgery. Beginning January 1, 2014, FEHB plans will provide coverage for transgender surgery.


“Project WeHo” residential program for LGBT folks with COD

The Substance Abuse of Long Beach, Inc. (SAF) would like to announce that we currently accepting referrals for our new program “Project WeHo”, Project WeHo is funding by the City of West Hollywood to offer Residential Drug and Alcohol Treatment for the LBGT community members of West Hollywood.

The goal of the program is to increase access to substance abuse and co-occurring mental health treatment, HIV/AIDS services, including testing, access to treatment, education, and prevention, and recovery support services for homeless and economically disadvantaged Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) West Hollywood community members, ages 18 and older, who have a substance use disorder, or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders, and are living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS.

The LGBT West Hollywood community member is defined as a resident, a person who works in the City, a person who attends school in the City, a property owner, or a person who is homeless who spends the majority of the time in the City.

I have attached a flyer with contact information please share this information with the public, prospective clients, peers, colleagues, case managers, and other interested parties.

Thank you,

Arthur D. Romo
Marketing Director/Community Outreach
Substance Abuse Foundation of Long Beach, Inc
General Tel: (562) 987-5722 ext 230
General Office Fax: (562) 987-4586
Dial Direct (562) 216-6777

10/26/13: Mind Body & Soul | 11th annual lesbian health conference [CEUs]

Enjoy a full day of FREE workshops just for women who love women!

Build community, access valuable resources, listen to dynamic speakers, socialize, and join the conversation about issues affecting every aspect of your health and well-being.

Saturday, October 26
9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
The Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza  
1125 N. McCadden Place,  Los Angeles, CA 90038
(One block east of Highland, just north of Santa Monica)

FREE lunch • Child care provided • CEUs available

Please register and reserve child care by Oct. 14.

Mind, Body and Soul
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza    


For more information, contact the Box Office at 323-860-7300.




The 11th annual Lesbian Health Conference features workshops and presentations ranging from fertility and menopause to yoga, healthy relationships, and more.


Breakout sessions:

Communicating for greater intimacy
Relationship power dynamics
The coming out journey
Transgender relationships
. . . And many more


Featured presentations:

The 5 Health Exams Every Woman Should Have
Dr. Kathleen Young, California State University, Northridge
Department of Health Sciences

LGBT Health & Aging Advocacy
Shane Snowdon, Human Rights Campaign’s Director of Health & Aging Program

 The Power of Pleasure
Dr. Ava Cadell, Founder of Loveology University


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