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  "Creating Change" Comes to Tucson!

( Well, not exactly... )
Tucson, AZ--More than 13 staff members, volunteers, and participants from Wingspan, Southern Arizona's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, will be attending the annual National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) Conference, Creating Change from November 6th through November10th.

Now in its fifteenth year, the Creating Change Conference comes to the Pacific Northwest and Portland, Oregon for the first time. Creating Change is the country's most unique and stimulating gathering of the political movement for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender justice, freedom and equality. Conference attendees choose from more than 100 sessions on a vast array of topics important to our movement and communities. From ageism to youth activism, from antiviolence projects to community-building projects, from anti-racims work to legislative action, Creating Change is a virtual one-stop shop of cutting edge information for activists and organizers in our movement. Conference organizers expect over 3,000 activists will attend this year's conference.

Please join us for a special Wingspan Community Forum: Report Back from Creating Change

Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00 pm at Wingspan

You will hear conference highlights, information,and dialogue about the national LGBT scene from Wingspan staff, volunteers, and participants who attend Creating Change. We will share what we've learned, and what we plan on doing with it here in Southern Arizona. Even if you didn't attend the conference, come share your ideas, too!
A free reception will follow.

For more information on Creating Change, check out www.creatingchange.org

Event Details

Nov 12, 2002, 7:00 - 9:00pm
300 E. 6th St. Tucson, AZ

Event Sponsor

Wingspan

For More Information

520-624-1779
Wingspan@wingspanaz.org

Related Site

http://www.ngltf.org/cc/index.cfm


Wingspan Hosts Community Forum for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In recognition of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness month, Wingspan, Southern Arizona's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, will host a community forum for the LGBT community to talk openly about breasts.

Tucson -- Most people know that all women are at risk for breast cancer. But did you know that lesbians are at higher risk for developing breast cancer? Did you know that people born male who transition to female (MtF) and take estrogen are also at risk for developing breast cancer? Did you know that people born female who transition to male (FtM) are also at risk for developing breast cancer, even after they have top surgery? Because members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community often don't get the outreach, intervention, and services they need, they are at higher risk for developing breast cancer. These additional barriers to care include:

Discrimination --Anticipated, perceived, or actual discrimination by health care provider based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

Misinformation - Or inaccurate assumptions about health risks of women who partner with women and the need for screening (both among women who partner with women and providers).

Exclusion – Perceived or actual exclusion from health promotion campaigns.

Fear – Disclosure of sexual orientation or gender identity may lead to loss of child custody, job, housing and social support; substandard or refusal of health care; or military discharge.

Past Experience – Previous negative encounters with the health care system including: derogatory comments, voyeurism, hostility toward patient or her partner, undue roughness in physical examinations, etc.

Recognizing these additional barriers for the LGBT community, Wingspan, Southern Arizona's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community Center, will be hosting an interactive, fun, and informative community forum on Thursday, October 24th at 7:00 pm at Wingspan. This forum will focus on members of the LGBT community and their relationships with their breasts. The forum is free and open to the public. Breast cancer survivors, members of the LGBT community, straight allies, service providers, students, activists, policy makers, and members of the medical community are strongly encouraged to attend.

The forum will feature a panel of diverse members of the LGBT community who will share their personal feelings and experiences about their own breasts. Think Vagina Monologues, but on a slightly more elevated topic. The panel includes an MtF, an FtM, a butch lesbian, and two lesbians who are breast cancer survivors.

There will also be a very special screening of LLEGO's (the National Latina/o LGBT Organization) thirteen-minute video, Autoexamen del seno. In Spanish with English subtitles, this video features Latina lesbians sharing their personal experiences, as well as professionals in the medical field, talking about the additional barriers that Latina Lesbians face.

The goals of this forum are to:

Raise awareness about breast cancer causes and warning signs, which people are at greatest risk, what possible prevention and detection methods are available, and what community resources are available to the LGBT community.

Provide an opportunity for dialogue in a safe space for members of the LGBT community to talk openly about their breasts.

A free reception will follow.

Event Details

Oct 24, 2002, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Wingspan 300 E. 6th St., Tucson, AZ 85705

Event Sponsor

Wingspan 300 E. 6th St, Tucson, AZ 85705

For More Information

Contact Cathy Busha
520-624-1779
Wingspan@wingspanaz.org


Violence in our schools

The climate of high schools can still be quite hostile toward LGBT youth. An over-whelming majority of LGBT students report hearing homophobic remarks and experiencing verbal harassment at school because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Physical harassment and assault against LGBT youth also occur at alarming rates.

To promote awareness of this topic, Wingspan will host a community forum on Anti-LGBT Violence in Schools. On Thursday, September 26, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

There will be panel comprised of various adults and youth presenting their perspectives on violence in schools, followed by audience discussion and a reception. Please join us for this important event. by Sarah Dahlen

Event Details

Sep 26, 2002, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Wingspan 300 E. 6th St, Tucson, AZ 85705

Event Sponsor

Wingspan

For More Information

Contact Sarah Dahlen
520-620-6245
Sarah@wingspanaz.org


Transforming Anger: Wingspan’s Community Forum for August

Join with others from the LGBT community to learn how to let go of anger and find more responsive ways of responding to conflict.

S. Leonard Scheff, ATF Board member and Tucson practicing attorney, is a Zen Buddhist and a popular workshop leader. He has organized this Community Forum based on the Buddhist teachings of the Dalai Lama, but believes that the same principles are universal in all spiritual traditions. The workshop is not intended as psychotherapy or an encounter group, except to the extent that, as Fritz Perls once said, "awareness is therapy per se."

The Community Forum will consist of a lecture and experimental exercises dealing with three working hypotheses:
1: Anger is a destructive emotion.
2: You can, if you choose, reduce the amount of anger in your life.
3: As you reduce the amount of anger, the quality of your life improves.

For more information see the following web site:
View Transforming Anger

There is limited seating available for this Community Forum, please call ahead to RSVP.

Event Details

Aug 22, 2002, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Wingspan, 300 E. 6th Street, Tucson

Event Sponsor

Wingspan

For More Information

520-624-1779
wingspan@wingspanaz.org

Related Site

http://www.transforminganger.com


Community Forum for July Cancelled

Wingspan's July Community Forum has been cancelled. The monthly Community Forum series will resume in August. Please
check back for exact date and topic.

Event Details

Jul 18, 2002, (time TBA)
Wingspan, 300 E. 6th St., Tucson

Event Sponsor

Wingspan

For More Information

520-624-1779
wingspan@wingspanaz.org

Related Site

http://www.wingspanaz.org


Wingspan Community Forum: LGBT History

What was it like to be a drag queen in Tucson in the 1960s? To run a lesbian bar here in the early 1980s? To be involved in the formation of Tucson’s very first LGBT advocacy organization? Find out, at Wingspan’s Pride Week Community Forum on the Old Pueblo’s queer history!

Six panelists who have been part of Tucson’s past – starting from the 1930s – will share their stories with the community. The panel will be facilitated by University of Arizona historian Catherine Pomerleau, who specializes in LGBT history of the late 20th century. Reception to follow.

Call Meredith Trauner at 520-624-1779 for further information.

Event Details

Jun 27, 2002, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Wingspan, 300 E. 6th St., Tucson

Event Sponsor

Wingspan

For More Information

520-624-1779
wingspan@wingspanaz.org

Related Site

http://www.wingspanaz.org