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NAMI Moves Forward on GLBT Issues
NAMI has released the proceedings document of the NAMI Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Listening Session.
“It is a positive step that NAMI has made in acknowledgement, recognition, visibility and inclusion for issues of human sexuality and mental health by finally welcoming the GLBT communities into the NAMI family.”–NAMI GLBT Listening Session, 2007
The current NAMI Strategic Plan calls for the organization to move from good to great. One of the key strategies to achieve this vision is to embrace and empower NAMI leaders and members from diverse communities.
Recognizing that the NAMI family includes Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) individuals and allies and that the needs of this community are unique, NAMI organized a GBLT Listening Session, held during NAMI’s 2007 National Convention. Through structured dialogue, participants shared personal experiences and expertise.
Drawing upon the issues discussed and follow-up dialogues between the NAMI GLBT Leaders Group* and NAMI leadership, the proceedings document provides long- and short-term goals for NAMI to move forward with GLBT inclusion:
The report also outlines recommendations for the mental health system as a whole, focusing on two key areas: GLBT family issues and mental health treatment for GLBT individuals and families.
“We have to think creatively about what things can be done on a national level to help these things be carried out on the local and State level.”–GLBT Listening Session participant
The executive summary and full proceedings document are available on the NAMI website. This publication was created by Tom Hill, M.S.W., facilitator of the GLBT Listening Session and Majose Carrasco, M.P.A, Director of the
*The NAMI GLBT Leaders group is an advisory body to the