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Pictures from Philly

Philadelphia_074 As Bo posted a few days back, we had a great time in Philadelphia last week at the LGBTI Health Summit

Among the many activities and workshops we had an opportunity to do a visit to to the Walt Whitman House in nearby Camden, New Jersey.  It was a moving experience to be in that near-sacred space, where Whitman spent the last years of his life and to see the bed he lay in and died in and just the objects that were part of his last years.  The house has been lovingly kept up and we had an engaging, and at times quite lively, conversation about how Whitman’s story is told.  How his relationship to Peter Doyle and others is shared with visitors.  One small delight I had noticed on an earlier visit were these tiny painted white cranes on the brass light fixtures on the first floor.  I took it as a prescient bit of coincidence that our symbol in our work would be present in the great Gay sage’s house.

1charmedlives On Saturday Toby Johnson & Steve Berman held a delightful reading of their new book, and Lambda Literary Award finalist, Charmed Lives at Giovanni’s Room.  It was great to have the two of them reading selections from this volume of short stories they edited.  Toby and Steve have been working on books together for a few years now and this weekend provided the opportunity for them to finally meet face-to-face.   That’s a reminder of the wonder of long-distance collaboration by phone and email.

Well, I’ve attached a few pictures from the weekend.  Hope you enjoy them.

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LGBTI Health Summit – Philadelphia

Just got back from Philadelphia, where Dan, Toby and I attended the 3rd National  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Health Summit. Healthcare providers, social workers, therapists and activists from all over the country met for five days at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Phillie.

This year’s theme…Beyond Boundaries: A Blueprint for LGBTI Healthcare Equality. The conference was sponsored by the Mazzoni Center, Philadelphia’s LGBTI Community Services Center, the City of Philadelphia, Drexel University and the Black Men’s Leadership Council (website not available.) Bgmlclogo

White Crane Institute is the sponsor of one of the many diverse, allied groups comprising the LGBTI Health Summit. We will, shortly, be providing a new link for further information on the Gay Men’s Health Leadership Academy 2007, but you can check out pictures and descriptions of the workshop on this website.

Over the next few weeks, we will also be posting some of the speeches and papers presented at this important conference.

Dan and I presented a workshop titled "Telling Our Stories" where we made the case for preserving individual stories and the wisdom and culture of the LBGTI community, as a critical component of a healthy community.Mymazzonilogo