The LGBT SIG was created to increase the representation of sexual minority and gender variant populations within ISTSS. We are concerned about the lack of LGBT-focused presentations and posters at the annual ISTSS meeting and thus strive to raise awareness of the unique health needs of LGBT trauma survivors at the annual conference and also within the organization in general.. This is particularly important given the high rates of trauma, PTSD, and help-seeking behavior among LGBT populations.
The primary goal of the SIG is to increase dialogue within ISTSS about the mental health needs of LGBT trauma survivors. Creating a platform for clinicians and researchers to explore this area will hopefully foster increased research around trauma and recovery among LGBT populations, as well as continued and improved culturally competent service provision to members of this community.
Since its inception in 2008, the LGBT SIG has supported a number of presentations at the annual meetings of ISTSS, as well as increased the number of articles on sexual and gender identities and trauma published in Stresspoints.
Lindsey Zimmerman, PhD