August 18, 2006
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Seattle Commission for Sexual Minorities - What's up, Doc?
Seattle Commission for Sexual Minorities - What's up, Doc?
Forum on Health & Well Being to be held Aug. 23

The Seattle Commission for Sexual Minorities [SCSM] is excited to host its second forum installment, titled "The Health & Well Being of the LGBTQ Community." After the success of the first forum, SCSM is very eager to facilitate future discussions of Seattle's LGBTQ Community.

How Are We Taking Care of Ourselves? What is healthy? What are the trends and disparities? Where is the information on health and well-being? Is there a normative practice in the LGBTQ community? These are just some of the questions that will be generated at the forum.

With Charles "Chuck" P. Hoy-Ellis as facilitator, the panel discussion is scheduled to be a very informative and matter-of-fact conversation between providers, advocates and community members. As a Gay man born and primarily raised in the South, Chuck knows firsthand the oppression and marginalization that sexual minorities live with every day of their lives. After the death of his partner to AIDS in 1993, Chuck moved to the Puget Sound region. He currently works as a counselor and therapist at Seattle Counseling Service for Sexual Minorities.

Confirmed panelists include Dr. Darren Augenstein of Bio Scrip Pharmacy, Dr. Bob Wood of Public Health- Seattle & King County, Robert Yoon of Gay City Health Project, Tish Galvan of Verbena Health, Kenta Asakura of Ryther Child Center, and Ken Schulman of Lambert House.

"It's going to be a great opportunity to talk freely about the ups & downs of our community," says Commissioner Kenneth Cuong La. "And to begin talking about what and how we can do it better," he adds.

Established in 1989, the Commission's role is to effectively address and present the concerns of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered citizens of Seattle to the Mayor, City Council, and all City Departments. SCSM recommends legislation, policy, programs and budget items to the mayor, city council and city departments.

"The Health & Well Being of the LGBTQ Community" Forum is Wednesday, August 23 from 6:00 PM - 7:45 PM at the Capitol Hill Library at 425 Harvard Avenue East in Seattle. For more information, please visit or call 206.684.4500.

A SCSM press release. Prepared by Commissioner Arnold T. Martin, e-mail him at

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