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Saying It Out Loud Conference

  • Greater Tacoma Convention Center (map)

The Saying It Out Loud (SIOL) Conference focuses on informaiton sharing and networking to improve behavioral health services, and to decrease disparities faced by lesbian, gay, transgender, and questioning (LBCTQ+) individuals. The conference strives to provide space to educate to better serve and support LGBTQ+ individuals and their families. Dialogue is encouraged across all topics that touch and impact individuals including understanding how difference with regard to gender identity and sexuality impact overall behavioral and physical health, self-determination, and well-being. 

Attendees in the past have included specialists in behavioral health (mental health and substance use), as well as professionals that serve LGBTQ+ individuals and their families with government organizations, non-profit agencies, housing authorities, elder care providers, education groups, child welfare organizations, and criminal justice organizations. All are welcome. This year's conference will mark its 18th year. 

Highlighted Elder Track Workshop Topics: 

  • Presentation on the  Rainbow Housing Plan by Generations Aging with Pride

  • Supportive Housing via Foundational Community Supports by Health Care Authority and Department of Social and Health Services Staff

  • Viewing of the documentary ‘GenSilent’ with facilitated discussion by Department of Social and Health Services Staff

  • A participatory presentation entitled Call Me by My Name: Respecting Transgender Seniors which covers the basics of understanding, respecting and working as professionals with people in the very broad Transgender and Gender Non-Binary Senior community presented by Mitch Hunter

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