Welcome to PFLAG Denver!
Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the original family and ally organization. Made up of parents, families, friends, and straight allies uniting with LGBT people, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education and advocacy. Now in its 40th anniversary year, PFLAG has more than 368 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states.
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Our speaker for November will be Sarah Burgamy, Psy.D., the founder of PhoenixRISE an active private practice in Denver, with specialty offerings in identity development (considering intersections of target and non-target status identities), sexual minority competency as well as transgender and gender-variant issues with adults, adolescents and children.
Dr. Burgamy has previously instructed courses as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Denver in the Psy.D. program and the International Disaster Psychology Master’s program focused on arenas of development and culture. She is the current Colorado representative to the American Psychological Association (APA) Council of Representatives and a board member of the Colorado Psychological Association (CPA). She has previously served as the Diversity Division Chair of CPA.
Additionally, she worked as the contracted psychologist to the Mile High Youth Corps (MHYC) from 2007-2013, particularly the Youthbuild program in Denver, serving primarily low-income and racial/ethnic minority youth ages 18-25. Dr Burgamy has served on the Board of Directors for Urban Peak, a non-profit organization in Colorado serving youth experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless since 2008.
On November 6, the New Families Support Group will meet as usual from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 104. All will gather in the Community Room at 7:30 p.m. for the program.
At the October meeting, Jeff Peterson will speak on “The Importance of Accepting Your LGBT Family Member or Friend: How to Overcome the Shackles of Judgement and Shame.”
Jeff Peterson (formerly Jeff Lubsen) is the co-founder and organizer of the Healthcare Guild, a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping sexual and gender minorities and affirming and culturally competent health care. The Healthcare Guild focuses on connecting consumers to LGBTQIA affirming healthcare providers and offering education and networking for providers. It is a grassroots group made of mental and medical healthcare providers dedicated to improving healthcare for sexual and gender minorities, and is free of charge for both consumers and providers. Their website is healthcareguild.com
Jeff is a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado and a PhD candidate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Education and Supervision. He serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of LGBT issues in Counseling. Over the past year Jeff co-authored a chapter in the book Counseling Gay Men, adolescents, & Boys. He has given presentations at national conferences about the risks of conversion therapy, and about dealing with the psychological effects of shame.
Jeff’s private practice, Denver Psychotherapy, LLC, focuses on couples and relationship enhancement, sexual and gender identity issues, and sexual dysfunction and he currently facilitates on of Denver’s longest running gay mens’s sexual health groups.