Please join us Tuesday, January 31st, from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM Eastern Time for a SAIGE Town Hall with SAIGE President Dr. Tamekia Bell and other SAIGE board members!

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Dr. Bell will speak about her vision, "Representation Within the LGBTGEQIAP+ Community: It Matters”, as well as some of the initiatives she has been working on during her presidency. There will be opportunities prior to and during the Town Hall to ask questions. You will also learn more about SAIGE and how to become more involved.

There are no CEUs available for this free event; it is an opportunity for you to make your voice heard and to learn more about what the SAIGE board is doing to support LGBTGEQIAP+ communities and allied professionals.

Come join the SAIGE President, Dr. Tamekia Bell, and other SAIGE board members to learn more about SAIGE and how to become more involved! Dr. Bell will speak about her vision, "Representation Within the LGBTGEQIAP+ Community: It Matters”, as well as some of the initiatives she has been working on during her presidency. There will be opportunities prior to and during the Town Hall to ask questions. We look forward to having you there!

Dearest Members, Family, Friends, Accomplices, and Co-conspirators,

It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter in response to the mass shooting on Saturday, November 19th at Club Q, a nightclub in Colorado Springs, CO. A place where our LGBTGEQIAP+ siblings and co-conspirators were enjoying their time before an individual entered Club Q intent on violence and injured 25 individuals and killed 5 people. What further made this event even more heartbreaking is that it was on the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20th. Memories of the Pulse Shooting back in 2016 and all the lives lost flooded my brain. I continue to be at a loss for words.

As we mourn the loss of our siblings, I encourage each of you to do what you need to do for your self-care. Take time to mourn and rest, or engage in direct action. I encourage our allies, accomplices, and co-conspirators to step up and use our privilege to eradicate these systems of oppression that continue to marginalize our LGBTGEQIAP+ siblings. I recommend we reach out to our respective lawmakers and demand change with anti-LGBTGEQIAP+ legislature and gun control laws. This is the only way that change can be made. We are well beyond “thoughts and prayers.” We need action, and that action starts with us. I have included below some resources and support. Please continue to take care of yourself during this time.

Crisis Help: The Trevor Project | 24 Hour Telephone (866) 488-7386 | We're here for you Now – The Trevor Project | Trans Lifeline (877) 565-8860 Peer support phone service run by and for transgender people.

TransSOCIAL (Transgender-led organization):  TransSOCIAL, Inc.. Services and resources include: Name and gender marker change assistance, case management, peer support and social groups, and affirming medical and mental health referrals.

National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network (Healing justice organization):  National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network | Services and resources include: Mental Health Practitioner Directory and an online assistance to help connect queer and trans people of color to queer and trans practitioners of color and supplemental financial assistance for psychotherapy (Mental Health Fund).

Glimmer:  Glimmer | Platform for helping LGBTQIA+ people connect with affirming wellness professionals.

The ACA Governing Affairs Resources

https://www.counseling.org/government-affairs/public-policy

ACA Resources on Gun Violence Trauma

https://www.counseling.org/knowledge-center/mental-health-resources/gun-violence-trauma-resources

 

In Solidarity,

Tamekia (she/her/hers)

SAIGE President


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