Network offers online support
NEW YORK, N.Y. — The National LGBT Cancer Network has launched two new online support groups for LGBT breast cancer survivors.
One group targets lesbian and bisexual women. They other is for transgender individuals.
The network wanted to make sure that LGBT survivors had a welcoming option to gain support not always available in mainstream groups. They saw that there was little or no support beyond major metropolitan areas across the country. The network conducted a survey in 2013 which confirmed that tailored support groups were the top request made by LGBT survivors.
The groups are in a message board format, available to participants on a 24-hours-per-day, seven-days-per-week basis. Online groups offer some unique advantages over face-to-face groups. They allow people to log on from home, a great benefit to cancer survivors who are busy, tired, and/or have family responsibilities that make it difficult to attend an evening group. These groups may be especially valuable for LGBT survivors who live outside major cities and would have more trouble accessing community support. And, each group is moderated by a licensed clinical social worker, made available only to registered, confirmed group participants.
Online groups can also be more welcoming for breast cancer survivors with physical, visual, hearing, cognitive and communication disabilities, the network added.
The service is free. Funding was provided by the New York State Department of Health. The network also provides other services, like locations of LGBT-friendly cancer screening centers.
Museum nets high marks
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National LGBT Museum has placed second in the list of most likely to be opened in the next decade, according to Washington Post article published during the last week in March.
The Velvet Foundation said that it was important “because it points to our forward progress and to the success of our fundraising endeavors.”
The Post article added that the timing was right for LGBT topics and the museum should attract visitation and financial support.
“It is an economically viable possibility, to open the National LGBT Museum in our nation’s capital within the next four years. Our window of opportunity has opened. The political climate and the timing are right,” the foundation said.
The Bible Museum topped the list. With financial support from Hobby Lobby billionaire Steve Green, who contributed around $50 million for the Washington Design Center building, it appears that it will showcase his early Christian artifacts. Hobby Lobby has been mired in controversy surrounding refusal to abide by the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate.
The foundation is seeking contributions toward its effort and has as a goal to open the museum before the Bible Museum opens.
The National LGBT Museum is being organized by Tim Gold and supported in part by his husband, North Carolina furniture-maker and philanthropist Mitchell Gold. It will be the only one in the nation’s capital dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the LGBT communities.
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