Upcoming! Sixth Annual Genderevolution conference, Salt Lake City UT

Sixth Annual Genderevolution 2014 Conference: Love Your Queer Body

Saturday, November 15th, 2014


The purpose of the Genderevolution is to:

  • Foster community building among trans* folk and allies alike, to help create a strong and safe space to push gender boundaries in the Salt Lake City area.
  • Educate employees, cisgender/non-trans* folk, trans* folk, health and mental care providers, and allies about the myths and realities of gender.
  • Celebrate trans* identities in an inclusive, healthy and positive way.utah-pride-center

At the 6th Annual Gender Conference, over 400 attendees are expected, and aims are to deconstruct gender mythology, explore the implications of socially constructed gender norms, and integrate our many intersecting identities.

We are all members of various communities, how do these memberships affect each other? How does our experience with gender intersect with our experience of race? Of class or sexuality or relationship styles? How about religion, physical dis/ability, or political ideology? Maybe we won’t find clear answers to these questions, but in asking them perhaps we can come to understand ourselves—and each other—just a little better.

 LGBT HealthLink is the official sponsor of the 2014 Wellness track! The track will include sessions on:

Trans 101 in Spanish
Surgical Outcomes for Vagioplasty
Trust & Resonance in Relationships (by the LGBTQ Affirmative Therapists Guild of Utah)
WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health): What you need to know
Fitness & Transition
Gynecology for Trans* Patients
Smoking out a Deadly Threat (by our very own steering committee member, Gabe Glissmeyer)


The keynote speaker is Pat Manuel, a trans/off-binary boxer and transmasculine fitness advocate.
Pat Manuel
Pat Manuel

Pat Manuel, also known as “Cacahuate(Peanut)” is a transmasculine QPOC who has shaped his masculine identity in boxing gyms around Los Angeles, CA. A 5x national amateur champion, Pat was a participant in the first ever Women’s Olympic Boxing Trials and was the only vocally out queer fighting in the history of USA Boxing’s Olympic Box-Offs. Medically disqualified after the first fight of the tournament, Pat struggled with ways other than visibility to aide his community. Since joining the Brown Boi Project in 2013, he has decided to use his knowledge as a trainer and athlete to empower other through physical fitness. Pat created, a website intending to fill the void of queer fitness interests. When he isn’t training, Pat is usually fond of enjoying cookies and dreaming of becoming a giant robot pilot.

LGBT Policy · Minnesota · Resources

Voices of Health: Seeing LGBTQ health in Minnesota

Sheila Nezhad
Research & Education Manager
Rainbow Health Initiative
Voices of Health: Seeing LGBTQ health in Minnesota


In March, 2013, Rainbow Health Initiative released a landmark report that outlined the results of a health survey of 1,144 LGBTQ people in Minnesota.  The results made it clear that we need to take immediate action to advance health equity for Minnesota’s LGBTQ population.

wrfwefsLGBTQ people in Minnesota are smoking at significantly higher rates. 30.8% of respondents were smokers, compared to 16.1% of the general population in Minnesota.[1] Tobacco can be a tricky issue to address because, too often, it is attributed to an individual lack of willpower, rather than systematic targeting and discrimination by tobacco manufacturers. However, I want the members of my community to lead long and healthy lives. This means we need to support the 61% of respondents who said they want to quit, and prevent the tobacco industry from recruiting new LGBTQ smokers.

The survey identified some structural barriers to LGBTQ health. 32.7% of transgender LGBTQ respondents reported that not having a safe and convenient place to exercise was a barrier to physical activity—three times the rate of cisgender LGBTQ respondents (11.3%). LGBTQ people of color were less likely to have good quality fruits and vegetables available where they usually shop for food (24.4%) than their white counterparts (15.8%), suggesting they are more likely to live in food deserts.  We must utilize our knowledge of structural barriers to health in order to design systems that are accessible to everyone.

The survey revealed that LGBTQ people in Minnesota are being severely underserved by our healthcare system. One in four LGBTQ respondents reported receiving poor quality healthcare because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  One respondent wrote,

“Every time I go to the doctor I end up wasting time having to justify my gender and the changes I’ve made to my body to the doctor, even if I am seeing a doctor for something unrelated to my gender.”

More than one in every six LGBTQ respondents reported being discriminated against by a healthcare provider because of their identity.  A respondent recounted their experience:

“Doctors are so confused by me and afraid at urgent cares that sometimes they won’t touch me or often prescribe three times the antibiotic I may need.”


This disservice disproportionately affected the transgender population. Trans people were nearly twice as likely to have received poor quality care (44%) than cisgender

people (24.5%) and more than twice as likely to have experienced discriminatory care (38.2%) than cisgender people (15.2%).  Healthcare professionals need to make an explicit commitment to improving LGBTQ cultural competency to address this disparity.

In order to design culturally competent policies and programs, we need to understand the needs of our LGBTQ communities. Part of that understanding means improving data collection. Universities, healthcare providers, and policy makers need to follow the example of leaders like the National Health Interview Survey and the Williams Institute and adapt their techniques to local contexts, as Minnesota’s Hennepin County SHAPE survey has done. Better data collection also means that LGBTQ people need to remain engaged with research efforts. The more people who participate, the more we can break analysis by identity to understand the needs of all members of our communities.

Download the full report here:

check out this cool infographic of their findings!

Learn more about Rainbow Health Initiative:


[1] Cigarette Smoking and Secondhand Smoke Exposure Among Adult Minnesotans Continues to Decline. Retrieved from