Michael Crawford

National LGBTI Health Summit 2009

Filed By Michael Crawford | March 16, 2009 3:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: Gay health, Jim Pickett, LGBTI

Planning for the 2009 National LGBTI Health Summit to be held August 14 - 18, 2009 in Chicago is already well under way. Among those organizing the summit is FOB (Friend of Bilerico) Jim Pickett, the kick ass Advocacy Director for AIDS Foundation Chicago and the force behind the amazing blog Life Lube.

National LGBTI Health Summit breaks with the usual public health discussions focused on LGBTI communities which often on see us as vectors of diseases and a population whose behaviors need to be modified. Instead the organizers and participants of the National LGBTI Health Summit take a more asset-based approach recognizing the roles that creativity, passion and community building can play in improving the overall health of the LGBTI communities.

The 2009 National LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex,) Health Summit - in collaboration with the Bi Health Summit (August 14, 2009) will focus on "Health Through the Life Course" and is dedicated to preserving and improving the emotional, physical, spiritual, intellectual, psychological, environmental, and social health and wellness of LGBTI people; a diverse range of communities who each experience significant health disparities because of our sexual orientations and/or gender identities.

After the jump are topics to be covered at the 2009 Summit in Chicago and detail on how you can attend.

The organizers of the Summit are accepting workshop proposals until March 31, 2009. Check here for more info on LGBTI Health Summit workshop proposal submission information.

Here you can register for the LGBTI Health Summit.

Workshops and panels at the Summit will cover the following topics and then some.

  • LGBTI health through the life course
  • Understanding LGBTI history and its health impacts
  • Wellness for all of our communities
  • Bisexual visibility & well-being
  • Health leadership
  • Health care access
  • Frontiers in HIV/AIDS and STD prevention and care
  • New HIV prevention technologies like microbicides and PrEP
  • Youth and elder strategies
  • Tobacco and LGBTI health
  • The role of alcohol and other substances in LGBTI communities
  • Universal Health Care and other paths to good LGBTI health
  • LGBTI Spirituality and its role in the health of individuals and communities
  • Culturally competent LGBTI mental health research and programming
  • Self-care for the community organizer
  • Marriage equality as a health strategy
  • ddressing racism, sexism, heterosexism, homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia to enable healing
  • Diversity of family structures as a part of LGBTI health
  • Understanding our identities and our bodies: what does it mean to be L,G,B,T or I?

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Oh, this is interesting stuff. I'm going to see if I can go - I'll be in Chicago around that time anyway because I'll have to re-apply for a visa.

You know I'm going to tell you to blog it. :)

I checked out their website, and the absence of any focus on HIV in the African-American population is surprising ...

NBC Nightly News did a brief segment on this topic, specifically the HIV epidemic in Washington-DC, where it is believed that up to 3% of the total population is HIV+. I can't embed the video in a comment, but here's a link to its page:

Find the video here

Anthony in Nashville | March 17, 2009 1:11 PM

This looks very interesting. I have no health care connections, or money for $200 hotels, but I'm interested in attending.

A. J. Lopp | March 17, 2009 1:43 PM

Check out their website --- under "Groups" there is one called "Couch Surfing" ... and that's where you post a message to see if someone can offer you a free 20 sq ft of sheltered floor space of some kind.

Do you have a sleeping bag or an inflatable mattress? Consider bringing it for cushion ... but it will be August in Chicago, and keeping cool, not warm, will be the problem.

Anthony in Nashville | March 18, 2009 8:47 AM

Thanks for that suggestion, I'll have to check it out and see what options are available.

Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | March 17, 2009 1:16 PM

Everybody that I know that has attended the Summit raves about it. I am sure that it is going to be a blast and a real boost to strengthening the LGBT communities.

Another housing tidbit my friends --- there is also a great hostel very close to the Hilton where the conference will be.

Here is the link to the Alternate Housing section on the website - and there you will find info on the J. Ira and Nikkis Harris Family Hostel:


Also, we are going to be offering scholarships to the Summit - so it is a good idea to apply if you want to have some support. We are doing our best to raise money to help folks get to the Summit.

Here is that link:

Thanks, and hope to see you in Chicago.