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The State of SGM Health: Suicide Prevention Symposium

When: Friday, October 18, 2019
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM  

Where: Hoover-Leppen Theater, 3656 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60613

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free

Contact: Zaina Awad  

Group: Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH)

Category: Other


ISGMH’s State of Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Health Symposium convenes researchers, policy makers, community–based organizations, LGBTQ youth, and community members to discuss the health disparities and resiliency of LGBTQ people. The symposium presents an opportunity to spark interdisciplinary conversations on best practices and policies for supporting the health of LGBTQ communities. Following formal presentations and panels on the research and current work in LGBTQ health, attendees are invited to a reception providing the opportunity to connect across disciplines and organizations.

Since the inaugural Symposium in 2016, each Symposium closely examines the health and wellbeing of a specific intersection in the LGBTQ community. The 2019 Symposium will focus on the topic of suicide prevention. We will have two keynote speakers, Pidgeon Pagonis and Dr. Caitlin Ryan, a panel, and performances by the Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP). The 2019 Symposium is supported by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Program (subject to change):

12:00pm – Welcome & introduction with Francesca Gaiba

12:10pm - Opening remarks: State Representative Democrat Kelly Cassidy (14th District)

12:15pm - Opening performance: Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP)

12:30pm - Opening keynote: Pidgeon Pagonis

1:30pm – 10 minute break

1:40pm - Panel: Bonsai Bermudez, K Tajhi Claybren, Brian Feinstein (with moderator Vanessa Sheridan)

2:40pm - Closing keynote: Dr. Caitlin Ryan

3:40pm - Call to action: Sean Connolly & Kim Hunt

3:55pm - Closing performance: YEPP

4:10pm – Reception

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