Creating Change 2010

Meet our Creating Change Contingent!

We have chosen eight individuals to represent the Network at this year’s Creating Change conference. They will be using different social media outlets from twitter to youtube to wordpress to share their journey and what they have learned in their time in Dallas.

For now, please meet our awesome Creating Change contingent!

Julian Siwek

Julian Siwek, Minneapolis MN

Any local social justice groups that you have worked with either LGBT or tobacco related:
The Trans Youth Support Network, District 202, Outward Spiral Theatre Company

What you are most excited about in attending the conference?
Meeting all the new people, I’m from Minnesota so obviously the weather will be nice, and learning so many new things.

Juan Carlos Vega, San Juan PR

Juan Carlos Vega

Why are tobacco disparities important to you?
-Because I am Latino/Hispanic and a Gay Man.-Because I started smoking at 16yo in San Juan and I remember all the tobacco (and alcohol) promotions I had for decorations in my room as a kid.-Because I smoked for 16 years although have been tobacco free for almost 8 years.-Because the tobacco industry is constantly marketing to the LGBT population. -Because we are SCUM (Sub-Culture Urban Marketing), a promotional campaign in the mid 90’s by the tobacco industry to target the “alternative lifestyle” of gays and homeless in the San Francisco area.

Ryan Li Dalhstrom

Ryan Li Dalhstrom, Minneapolis MN

What do you hope to get out of this conference?
I am particularly interested in meeting others who are doing leadership development and community organizing with queer and trans youth, youth of color, and homeless youth. I hope to learn a lot from others and build new relationships with individuals and organizations who have shared values and vision toward the kind of progressive LGBTQ movement I want to be a part of, one that begins with those who are most oppressed and marginalized within our communities.

Trudie Jackson, Member of the Najavo Nation, Phoenix AZ

Trudie Jackson

Why are tobacco disparities important to you?
Tobacco disparities are important to me because Native Americans for not fully informed of the harmful effects resulting from smoking, chew less Tobacco and to properly use Traditional tobacco is a Sacred Way.

What you are most excited about in attending the conference?
I m excited about attending the conference because it will help me network, build new relations within the GLBT Tobacco Network, and learn new information that will be presented at the conference.

Logan Druckman

Logan Druckman, Boulder CO

Why are tobacco disparities important to you?
Like many other marginalized populations, the GLBTQIA community faces many social justice issues and tobacco is often completely overlooked.  In my work I have found that generationally, GLBTQ youth and college students smoked at disproportionately higher rates and that it was largely correlated with the direct targeting and messaging people received about tobacco use as “sexy” or “butch.”  Learning about project SCUM really pushed me over the top, as well as observing the intersectionality of multiple and interlocking identities and the role it plays in smoking- LGBTQ identified people of color smoke even more, trans identified people smoke more, LGBTQ people with lower socio-economic class and education level smoke more and  LGBTQ youth smoke more etc… While I agree that there are many other issues we need to be working on, tobacco gets ignored and that troubles me because it affects our physical and mental health as individuals and a community.  We are exploited for our suffering, taught that smoking is sexy, and spend our hard-earned money on a product that harms us physically and often socially through big tobacco.  Trans people who smoke and are on Hormone Replacement Therapy are at significantly high rates of risk for stroke and heart disease and in Boulder County we found that 61% of HIV+ LGBTQ people smoke which greatly increases the risk of many diseases.

Pamela McCann, Chicago IL
Any local social justice groups that you have worked with either LGBT or tobacco related

Pamela McCann

Task Force on LGBT Substance Use and Abuse
Chicago 2nd Wind — Chicagoland Smoking Cessation Initiative
Task Force on LGBT Aging
Illinois Gender Advocates Board Member
Cook County State’s Attorney’s LGBT Advisory Committee
2009 LGBT Health Summit Presenter, Volunteer

What do you hope to get out of this conference?
Names, names, names, ideas, programs, emerging LGBT cultural trends, names, names, names

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