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    April General Meeting: Non-Affirming Practices and Concepts That Target the LGBTQ Community.

    When: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 7:30-9:00 pm.

    Where: Owen Brown Interfaith Center

    7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045.

     

    The meeting will include presentations and discussions on various non-affirming practices and harmful theories/concepts targeted at the LGBTQ community, including:

    • Sexual orientation conversion therapy - counseling and psychotherapy to attempt to eliminate individuals’ sexual desires for members of their own sex.
    • Ex-gay ministry and similar terms - the practices by some religious groups that use religion to attempt to eliminate individuals’ sexual desires for members of their own sex.
    • Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria (ROGD) - a controversial concept that some parents believe that their children came out as transgender as a result of transgender peers, group peer pressure, and social media.

    The main presenter will be Sean Lare:

    Sean Lare is a licensed clinical social worker who is passionate about serving transgender and gender diverse communities. In addition to providing psychotherapy for individuals in the transgender communities, Mr. Lare also works as an educator and advocate in the Maryland, Washington, DC and surrounding areas throughout the Mid-Atlantic region to help increase awareness about the unique needs of transgender, non-binary, and gender diverse individuals. The focus of his psychotherapy practice in Columbia, MD is working with children, teens, and adults who are transgender or gender diverse and their families and providing supervision and consultation to other providers.

     

     

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