Action Alerts · Creating Change 2013

Action Alert – Creating Change 2013 – National Governors Initiative

Gustavo Torrez
Program Manager
The Network for LGBT Health Equity

Good afternoon from Creating Change 2013 in Atlanta, GA.  The Network is pleased to participate in another Creating Change Conference. This year we will be joined by some amazing folks doing great work from across the country. In our previous post: INTRODUCING OUR 2013 CREATING CHANGE BLOGGERS, we gave you a little insight about each of our blogging scholarship recipients but now that the conference is upon us you will start to hear from them all all of the exciting opportunities taking place at Creating Change this year. Each blog will be tagged with Creating Change 2013 so you can follow all the excitement.

In addition to the blogs that you will all be able to read here, we are conducting an activity this year through a postcard campaign on the ground titled the National Governors Initiative.  Our goal to to engage Governors to ensure that best practice guidelines are being implemented in an effort to eliminate LGBT health disparities. Based on our guide we have outlined four questions which each relate back to a best practice that should be implemented:

  1. Do we collect LGBT data as a routine part of all health surveys? (such as BRFSS & YRBS)
  2. Are health department and grantee staff trained in LGBT cultural competency and health disparities?
  3. Are LGBT people included in community advisory bodies?
  4. Are LGBT images routinely reflected in public health promotional materials?

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After the conference we will mail out the postcards and monitor opportunities and discussions that might take place from the campaign. If you are at creating change and interested in filling out a postcard or helping to pass them out to your friends we would love to have your support…. Our goal is to reach at least half of the participants at this years conference and with your help we can make that happen.

So please let us know if you are here…

Also if you are interested in being a guest blogger and sharing your experience with the Network base while you are at creating change please let us know. We are always welcome to having new voices represented on our blog. Fill out the form below if you would like to meet up with us to get postcards, chat about the network, or if you are interested in contributing to the blog and we will get connected while here:

Creating Change 2013

Introducing our 2013 Creating Change Bloggers!

The National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change is only a week away! All three network staff (Scout, Gustavo and Daniella) will be attending, as well as three Network blogging scholarship recipients! Between the six of us, we hope to bring you a comprehensive, exciting and varied inside-look at Creating Change 2013! Will you be there? Come say hi to us (and we’ll even give you some of the Network swag that we brought)!

If you see us at Creating Change, come say hi!

And now…..(drum roll please)…introducing our 2013 Scholarship recipients:

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Trevoi is a sophomore at the University of South Carolina, where he double majors in History and Political Science and Minors in English Literature. Trevoi currently serves as the President for the Young Leaders Society an organization through National Youth Pride Services, is a member of Young Democrats of America and is on the SC HIV/AIDS youth advisory in Columbia, SC. After undergrad, Trevoi plans to attend law school.

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Joshua Gale is twenty years of age, and hails from a little town called Obion, Tennesse. Joshua is a sophmore at Lane College in Jackson, TN, where he is majoring in Business with a minor in Criminal Justice. Additionally, he plays basketball and runs track. Joshua describes himself as a “optimistic person that loves life to the fullest and loves to put a smile on peoples faces”. In addition to his academic pursuits, Joshua sings, dances, acts, and models. He is also president of the SGA (Student Government Association) and is secretary of National Youth Pride Services.

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Alex Aldana is queer undocumented immigrant rights activist that works as a national/community organizer with a vibrant and very raw/uncensored opinion in the myriad of intersectionalities that impact the Immigrant Youth Movement (DREAMers) and brings strategy and direct action to create a new dialogue & truly bring social justice and equality within the LGBTQ/Immigrant movement.

As a immigrant Impacted by the scarce resources in the Coachella valley in southern California, Alex has worked as health advocate for Latino LGBTQ youth doing HIV/AIDS prevention, education and treatment through social justice, advocacy and empowerment. His work bringing the intersections of health equity, accountability and escalation to queer and immigrant communities have contributed with conferences and rallies addressing LGBTQ issues in school districts (Queer Youth Advocacy Day 2008) , Immigrant rights (May Day March 2010 Queer youth contingent) and representing HIV services for undocumented immigrants at The United States Conference on AIDS in 2011.

Some of his recent work escalated with civil disobedience to stop deportations with the Immigrant Youth Coalition, joined a walk across the country in 2012 with the Campaign for an American DREAM, & organizing the first national encuentro for The Association of Joteria,Arts,Activism and Scholarship (AJAAS) mobilizing undocumented queer youth from the border states of California, Arizona, and Texas in the state of New Mexico. He is also one of the three subjects for the film Gay Latino LA: Coming of Age.

Stay tuned for intro posts from each of our bloggers!