Conference on LGBTQ+ & HIV Health Equity

The Equitas Health Institute will host the 2021 Transforming Care Conference on LGBTQ+ & HIV Health Equity, October 14-15, at the Fawcett Center on the Ohio State University Campus in Columbus, Ohio. This year’s conference theme—We see us!challenges the LGBTQ+ community, queer people of color, people living with HIV, caretakers, and activists to hold up one another’s experience, to validate the knowledge that comes from living, doing, and being, and to acknowledge ourselves as relevant witnesses. The conference will feature dozens of presentations including live plenary speakers and breakout sessions that offer attendees the opportunity to view LGBTQ+ and HIV service provision from the perspective of the patient, the social worker, the caregiver, the test counselor.

Included in this year’s conference registration–a public screening of the film CURED at the Gateway Film Center. CURED chronicles the battle waged by a small group of activists who forced the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from its manual of mental illnesses in 1973.

The Transforming Care Conference is known for the unique opportunity it has provided for professionals and community members to come together learn not only from research and best practices but from each other’s life and healthcare experiences. We hope you will join us for the 6th annual TCC!

There is no conflict of interest with anyone with the ability to control content for this activity.

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-0091-91)

Social Work: This in-person activity has been approved for Social Work Continuing Education for up to 11.5 Credit Hours. The virtual activity has been approved for Social Work Continuing Education for up to 11 Credit Hours.

Counseling: This in-person activity has been approved for Counseling Continuing Education for up to 11.5 Credit Hours. The virtual activity has been approved for Counseling Continuing Education for up to 11 Credit Hours.

CE earned at TCC qualify for Staff Training hours that contribute to Healthcare Equality Leader Designation by the Human Rights Campaign.  Learn More

Register for TCC 2021

Scholarship Information

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View the 2020 Conference Agenda

View the 2020 Conference Report

View Recordings of 2020 Conference Sessions

2021 Plenary Speakers

Jennifer Barnes-Balenciaga

Jennifer Barnes-Balenciaga is the LGBTQ Liaison for State Representative Park Cannon of Atlanta, Georgia and Co-Director of the Crystal LaBeija Organizing Fellowship. A previous on the ground HIV Prevention Specialist, Barnes-Balenciaga is a trained HIV test counselor and has been a Youth Policy HIV Advisor for Georgia Equality. Barnes-Balenciaga has been thriving with HIV and undetectable since 2011 and has presented at many HIV-related conferences, including NAESM and USCA, and spoken at Congressional gatherings like AIDSWatch. Barnes-Balenciaga hails from Cincinnati, Ohio and holds numerous organizational and committee affiliations, including Vice President of Cincinnati Black Pride, Social Media Committee Chair for Sankofa Black Women’s Conference, and a member of the illustrious House of Balenciaga.

Alex Iantaffi, PhD, MS, SEP, CST, LMFT

Alex Iantaffi, PhD, MS, SEP, CST, LMFT is a family therapist, WPATH certified gender specialist, certified sex therapist, Somatic ExperiencingⓇ practitioner, clinical supervisor, writer and independent scholar. They hold adjunct faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and at Antioch University, while also running their own clinic, Edges Wellness Center LLC, which centers both providers and clients who have been historically marginalized and underserved. Alex was the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy for eleven years and has researched, presented and published extensively on gender, disability, sexuality, relationships, and HIV.  Alex is passionate about education, healing justice and community-based and engaged scholarship. They are a trans masculine, nonbinary, bi queer, disabled, Italian immigrant who has been living on Dakota and Anishinaabe territories, currently known as Minneapolis, MN (US) since 2008. Alex is the author of “Gender Trauma: healing cultural, social, and historical gendered trauma” and co-author of the books “How to Understand Your Gender: a practical guide for exploring who you are,” “Life Isn’t Binary,” and “Hell Yeah Self-Care: a Trauma-Informed Workbook” with Meg-John Barker (Jessica Kingsley Publishers). They also host the podcast Gender Stories. You can find out more about them at www.alexiantaffi.com or follow them on Twitter @xtaffi

Tania Israel, PhD

Tania Israel, PhD is a professor of counseling psychology and affiliated with the Department of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. As Director of UCSB’s Project RISE, Dr. Israel leads a research team that develops and studies interventions to support the psychological health of LGBTQ individuals and communities. Her expertise on bisexuality has been solicited by the Institute of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and the White House. Dr. Israel has received honors for her research and advocacy from Congress, the American Psychological Association, the California Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, and her local LGBT community. Her TEDx Talk on bisexuality has been viewed over 100,000 times, and she Tweets bisexual haiku (#biku) @tania_israel. Learn more about Dr. Israel at taniaisrael.com.

Public Screening and Discussion

A public screening and discussion with the filmmaker

The Gateway Film Center

OCT 14 | 7 PM

This year’s TCC registration includes a ticket to a public screening of the award-winning new documentary CURED, which highlights a pivotal but little-known moment in the history of mental healthcare and the fight for LGBTQ+ equality when activists rose up to challenge a formidable institution — and won!

Described as “fascinating” (Hollywood Reporter), “riveting” (The Queer Review) and “one of the best documentaries of this or any year” (British Film Institute) — and the winner of Audience Favorite awards at NewFest and Frameline — CURED takes viewers inside the David-versus-Goliath battle that led the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from its manual of mental illnesses in 1973. The film spotlights a diverse group of activists who achieved this epic victory in the movement for LGBTQ+ equality.

The panel discussion following the screening will include the film’s co-director, Patrick Sammon.

Watch the trailer for CURED

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, OSU College of Social Work.





Community Partners

OSU College of Nursing
Kaleidoscope Youth Center
Stonewall Columbus
Mental Health America of Ohio
Ohio/National Diversity Council
Midwest Breast
Netcare Access
Ohio History Connection
Equality Ohio
Ohio Health Modernization Movement

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