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I'm helping to organize UCSF's conference on domestic violence for healthcare students/professionals this year, and we're looking for more speakers. In particular, we'd like to have someone (or someones!) come present on & lead discussion about domestic violence issues in LGBTQetc communities. As medical students, we get very little training on domestic violence, and this is part of how we make up for that gap...because it's something that all of us will deal with as physicians. The conference is also not just for med students; all of the schools at UCSF are invited, and in the past we've had speakers from a wide range of healthcare/policy/social-work/etc fields.

I know some of y'all know more about this than I do, are more connected, and/or know more people doing work in the field. If you have any ideas, suggestions for speakers, suggestions for organizations to contact for speakers, or just thoughts about what healthcare students need to know about domestic violence...please let me know! Leaving comments here works, or you can contact me via email (first.last (at) gmail, or this username (at) livejournal).

(Also, I don't know exactly how much funding we have, but it's not huge. So we're looking for speakers from around the Bay Area, and if we can offer an honorarium, it's likely to be small. The conference is October 17th. And if you're interested in coming to the conference, I'm pretty sure the registration is open to non-students.)

One thought...

Date: 2009-08-25 08:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm guessing pastors at gay or gay-friendly churches would have to deal with these issues? Either because they'd be doing the counseling themselves (in which case they might be able to come in and speak), or because they'd have someone they know to get in contact with.

I have a friend who's a pastor at a Metropolitan Community Church congregation in San Jose (MCC is, basically, a gay denomination), but that might be a bit far to be convenient for both of you--though he might know people in SF you could get in touch with. But probably if you got in touch with an MCC pastor, or one of the more gay-friendly denominations (Unitarian, UCC, Episcopalian) in SF, they could find someone you could talk to.

Re: One thought...

Date: 2009-08-25 02:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good idea! That would be an interesting perspective to have. My co-organizer's doing the speaker contacts, so I'll pass that on to her.

Thank you!

Date: 2009-08-25 01:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'd check with Midori or Violet Blue. Both are pretty well known names based in the Bay Area and are involved....

Date: 2009-08-25 02:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
True, and I've met/know of them. Good idea, thank you!
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Date: 2009-08-25 03:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! That's an excellent suggestion -- we're looking for all kinds of speakers, not just LGBTQ. Very well-put summary of some of the issues, too.

*smile* I'm excited about this conference, but haven't run anything like it before. A bit intimidating. It'll be fun...I just wish the conference weren't the weekend before my block final exam.
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Date: 2009-08-27 07:31 am (UTC)
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Aw, thank you! I think it'll come together well, and should be a useful day of learning & thinking.

Date: 2009-08-25 06:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I was going to suggest contact CUAV, where I used to work (and did things like speak on same sex domestic violence), but I'm not seeing that they still do that work on their website. A former coworker of mine there DOES do this kind of work still-- Greg Merrill (

this ( has some excellent resources.

Date: 2009-08-27 07:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! Turns out my co-organizer already knows Greg Merrill from her work with LEAP this summer, and it sounds like he'd be great to have at the conference if he's available.

Date: 2009-08-25 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We will be spending one of my Cenering Pregnancy classes talking about domestic violence (among some other things)--the midwives at St. Luke's facilitate the classes. Since Bi and Lesbian women get pregnant too, maybe one of the midwives would be willing to speak. When is your conference?

Date: 2009-08-25 11:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I would contact SFWAR (San Francisco Women Against Rape) and Women Inc. as well. If they can't do it, they know people who do.

Date: 2009-08-27 07:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks, those are good resources!

Date: 2009-08-27 07:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks, good idea! The conference is October 17th.

Date: 2009-08-26 01:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Maybe un-lock this post so I can point a few people at it? :)

Date: 2009-08-27 07:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Done, please pass it on!

I'll probably re-lock it in a week or two; for a couple of reasons I prefer to keep almost everything here not-so-publicly-available.

Date: 2009-08-27 05:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sent here by Nathan!:

I could do a panel like this with friends, actually, having done some activist work around DV myself. My email =

Also, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, editor of "The Revolution Starts at Home: Responses to Partner Abuse in Activist Communities" is brilliant (and way more experienced at giving these kinds of talks than me). Her email =

Also, CUAV (Communities United Against Violence) has a whole wing dedicated to this work.

Also, SFWAR (SF Women Against Rape).

-- Gina de Vries


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