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Actions are greater than words. There is always a need to “have the conversation” and “invite dialogue” surrounding issues that affect those whom we serve as counseling professionals. However, simply having the conversation is not enough. In order to affect change, we have a responsibility as professional counselors to take action. The LGBTQ+ rights movement is built on more than just words and discussion. It has been propelled forward by those willing to take action for equality. Although the movement continues to see great progress and change for LGBTQ+ people, the struggle remains far from over. As the ACA Code of Ethics and the Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies remind us, professional counselors are called upon to be advocates for those we serve; to be agents of social justice. Part of who we are as counselors is that we do more than talk and listen; we take action. The ALGBTIC 2018 Conference will serve as a platform where we as counseling professionals will come together to do more than share and learn valuable information on how to better assist LGBQ+ and Trans* clients, students, and professionals. We will leave with valuable tools that assist us in taking action.
The ALGBTIC 2018 Conference is more than just a conference; it is a call to action. It is also a reminder that the battle for LGBTQ+ rights, equality, equity, and inclusion needs professional counselors to rise up and take action. After all, actions are greater than words.
The Executive Board for the Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC) has begun initial planning of the 2018 ALGBTIC Conference. As you may be aware, planning and executing a successful conference takes a significant amount of work, with several variables which must be contemplated and addressed. Not the least of which is the location where ALGBTIC members are not only able to travel to, but feel comfortable doing so.
Over the past few years, national conference locations have required increased sensitivity to selecting cities which are welcoming to LGBQ+ and Trans* individuals. The current national socio-political climate suggests this will continue to be a significant factor in the foreseeable future, and the ALGBTIC Board seeks to ensure it selects an appropriate location for the 2018 ALGBTIC Conference. After much contemplation and discussion, the ALGBTIC Board has identified three potential locations for its conference in 2018. These locations are, to the best of the Board’s knowledge, welcoming of all individuals including LGBQ+ and Trans*.
Input by you, ALGBTIC members, is sought to assist in narrowing down a potential location. The conference is, after all, for you – ALGBTIC members. Please consider the following three cities and let your voice be heard on where you think is the most appropriate location. Your consideration of not only a city you could potentially travel to, but one to your knowledge is welcoming of LGBQ+ and Trans* individuals, is helpful to the ALGBTIC Board.
Your input on this matter is greatly valued, and the ALGBTIC Board appreciates your time and consideration in this matter.
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Tonya R. Hammer, PhD, LPC-S
Assistant Professor of Counseling
Oklahoma State University-Tulsa
President, Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling