3230.0 Mental Health in LGBT Communities

Monday, November 5, 2007: 12:30 PM
This session will explore LGBT mental health within a variety of populations and cultures. Using a risk/protective conceptual model to examine the impact of sexual orientation on outcomes in federally-funded transitional living programs, Maurice Gattis, MSW will begin the session by presenting findings on sexual orientation, mental health, and service outcomes among runaway/homeless youth. Kamilah F. Majied, PhD, LICSW will then speak about a mixed-methods approach to exploring sexual LGBT oppression and mental health among people in the African Diaspora, research undertaken as part of as part of the International Sexuality and Mental Health Research Project. Lee Carson MSW, LSW will then address the rates of sexual abuse and partner violence in a population about which, historically, not much is known on this topic Black men who have sex with men in Philadelphia. Kaveh Khoshnood, PhD will then discuss Islamic social stigma as experienced by homosexuals and transsexuals attending a sex clinic in Tehran, Iran. Finally, Annesa Flentje Santa, MA will conclude the session by presenting the findings of an online survey which asked LGBT military veterans about their experiences while serving in the military and following discharge.
Session Objectives: 1. To learn about a variety of LGBT mental health concerns as manifested across diverse populations and cultures 2. To discuss the clinical, public health policy and cultural implications of the research findings 3. To gain knowledge about different methods which can be used to collect and assess mental health information in LGBT communities

12:30 PM
1:00 PM
Sexual abuse and intimate partner violence among Black MSM
Lee Carson, MSW, LSW and Jennifer L. Lauby, PhD
1:15 PM
Social Stigma, Homosexuality and Transsexuality in the Islamic
Farnoosh Hashemian, MPH and Kaveh Khoshnood, PhD
1:30 PM
Reflections on policy and practices: LGBT veterans' experiences while in the military
Annesa Flentje, MA, Tracy L. Simpson, PhD, Kimberly F. Balsam, PhD and Bryan N. Cochran, PhD

See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.

Organized by: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus of Public Health Workers
Endorsed by: Socialist Caucus, Mental Health, HIV/AIDS

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing