WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The second in a series of community conversations on issues impacting the LGBT community will be held at Temple Emanuel on Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. under sponsorship of Interfaith Voice and PFLAG Winston-Salem.

Featured speakers for this healthcare issues focused event will be Kevin Mundy, vice president, marketing and community relations for AIDS Care Service; Andy Hagler, executive director of the Mental Health Association; Christopher A. Ohl, M.D., associate professor in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center; and Dee Leahman, director, Community Partnership for End of Life Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Center.

Topics include a report on the latest news on AIDS care and treatment and the recent increase in cases as some people ignore the safe sex message; mental health issues that especially affect LGBT people; the latest on other sexually transmitted diseases; and how to be a good patient advocate.

There will be an extended opportunity for discussion and conversation on these topics.

Refreshments will follow in the Temple lobby.

The conversations are being presented by PFLAG and Interfaith Voice, a coalition of 11 local congregations.

Interfaith Voice also plans to be a resource to other congregations considering how they might become open and affirming.

For more information, call Janet Owen at 336-406-9771 or email or Tim Sturgis at 336-978-3408 or email

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.