Out4STEM at OutFest Philly 2017

Side-by-Side logos for Out4STEM (left) and OutFest Philly 2017 (right)

October 11 marks National Coming Out Day, a day for celebrating pride in people who identify as LGBTQIA and their allies and honoring the freedom for people to be their true selves.

This past Sunday, October 8, marked the 26th annual celebration of OutFest Philly. Coinciding with National Coming Out Day, OutFest Philly is a day-long celebration of LGBTQ+ pride and seeks to raise awareness of issues directly affecting the community. Among the numerous participating organizations, students in the Out4STEM Internship Program were on hand in the Gayborhood to take part in the festivities and raise awareness of the Program and health-related topics.

The Out4STEM Program aims to provide Philadelphia’s LGBTQ+ youth with healthcare and STEM-oriented instruction, mentorship, academic support, and college/career preparation in an inclusive, safe space.

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Doctor Anonymous: A Play Reading at the Mütter

On May 2, 1972, Dr. John E. Fryer, a professor of psychiatry at Temple University, delivered a talk at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association calling for the organization to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders in the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). Fryer, a closeted homosexual who risked discrimination, harassment, and professional ostracism for speaking out on this subject, concealed his identity, delivering his talk while wearing a rubber mask and using a voice modulator under the pseudonym “Dr. H. Anonymous.”  Thanks to his efforts, the APA declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder in April 1974.

On April 19, 2017, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia will be hosting a dramatic reading of Guy Frederick Glass’ play on Fryer’s speech: simply titled Doctor Anonymous. Glass’s play explores gay conversion therapy and the events leading up to the the APA’s removal of homosexuality from the DSM.  It is the first time selections from his performance have been read in Philadelphia.

Guy Glass is a psychiatrist, playwright, and Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed his residency in psychiatry at the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital. He held a private practice in New York where he specialized in treating LGBT patients and also edited the newsletter for the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists. Later in his career, he branched into performance art, earning an MFA in theater from Stony Brook University. His play first appeared in Los Angeles in 2014.

The dramatic reading will take place from 6-8 PM here at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Tickets can be purchased here. General admission is $10. Students (with valid ID) and Mütter Museum members can purchase tickets for $5. Admission is free to CPP Fellows and members of the Section on Medicine and the Arts.  The event is presented by CEPI and the Section on Medicine and the Arts of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

CEPI Now Accepting Applications for the 2017/2018 Out4STEM Program

Students from CEPI's various youth programs pose for a group photo on the steps of the PA State House with Dr. Rachel Levine and Dr. Loren Robinson

Students from CEPI’s youth programs (Out4STEM, Teva Pharmaceuticals Internship, and Karabots Junior Fellows) pose with Dr. Rachel Levine (front, left), the first transgender women to hold the office of Physician General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Loren Robinson (front, center), Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Attention: Philadelphia 10th and 11th Graders! We are now accepting applications for enrollment in the Out4STEM Program. The Out4STEM Program aims to provide Philadelphia’s LGBTQ+ youth with STEM-centered mentorship, academic support and career advice in an inclusive, safe space.

This one-year program will address the unique challenges facing LGBTQ+ youth while providing a safe environment to learn about careers in science and medicine. The Out4STEM Program covers the following areas:

  • Introduce students to careers related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and healthcare/medicine.
  • Acquire practical job skills in a healthcare field by successfully completing a Phlebotomy Technician Certification (CPT)
  • Cultivate relationships between like-minded, motivated Philadelphia LGBTQ+ students.
  • Develop a greater understanding of the body’s physiological response to stress.
  • Facilitate stress relieving techniques.
  • Address the impact of bullying and discrimination and develop responses.
  • Learn to communicate, heal, and build a community.

The next cohort will start in March 2017 and continue through the 2017-2018 academic year. The program will consist of after-school sessions once a week (every 1st and 3rd Tuesdays) and summer sessions on select days in July.

10th and 11th grade students in the Philadelphia School District (including charter, private, and parochial schools) are eligible to apply. To be considered all interested candidates must complete an application, obtain one letter of recommendation from an adult affiliated with a related high school or after-school program (examples: a teacher, coach, counselor, principal, volunteer leader, or church or community leader), and submit a 1-2 page essay. Applicants must also obtain a Pennsylvania state work permit (more information on obtaining one can be found here) and receive permission from a parent or guardian. Note: There are no costs to enroll or be enrolled in the Out4STEM Program.

Completed applications can be submitted via email or standard mail to the following address:

Attn: Quincy Greene (Out4STEM Internship)
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 South 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The deadline to apply is FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017 (all mailed applications must be postmarked by that date to be considered). If you have any questions, please contact Quincy Greene, Youth Support Coordinator. For more information about the Out4STEM Program, please consult our website.

 

Boos, Brains, Safety and Support

Participants of the "boos and Brains" event hosted by the Out4STEM Program pose with homemade masks

It is the goal of the Out4STEM program to provide a safe, friendly environment for Philly LGBTQ+ Youth who are interested in STEM. CEPI’s recent event, “Boos and Brains” epitomized this sentiment by creating a space for youth to come share their coming out experiences. A collection of high schoolers, college students, and med school students along with young professionals, including members of Project HOME and Penn Medicine, gathered to discuss different studies on where sexuality originates in the brain. Some shared their coming out stories, explaining how “out” they were and whether that differed when they were with family or friends. In keeping with the pre-Halloween theme, they also had the chance to design their own masks representing the faces they put on to the world versus the one they keep for themselves; however, the “masking and unmasking” took place more in their conversations with each other and the support they gave to those who were not “out” for various reasons. The friendly, supportive atmosphere epitomized the goals of the Out4STEM program.

The event was also featured in a recent issue of Philadelphia Gay News.

Clipping from Philadelphia Gay News displaying four participants holding skulls and jack-o-lanterns at the Out4STEM event Boos and Brains.

Out4STEM @ OutFest 2016

Logos of Out4STEM and OutFest 2016 side by side.

This Sunday, October 9, from Noon-6PM, Out4STEM will be taking part in OutFest 2016. Organized by Philly Pride, OutFest celebrates the LGBT community with the city’s biggest LGBTQ+ event and the largest National Coming Out Day event in the world! Out4STEM is joining 152 other participating organizations in a massive block party, including live entertainment, games, and health screenings. If you happen to be in the Gayborhood, be sure to stop by our table to learn more about Out4STEM, Out@Mütter, and CEPI’s other programs.

LGBTQ in STEM: A Panel Discussion

Out4STEM Tree Image Logo

Tomorrow (April 28, 2016) from 5:30-7:30 PM, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia will be hosting a panel discussion exploring the experiences of LGBTQ individuals in STEM.

Whether you are an LGBTQ-identified individual considering a career in STEM or an an institution, organization, or ally who wants to gain a greater understanding of the issues facing LGBTQ individuals in the STEM workplace, join us for this networking event. We will be hosting eight panelists representing a range of STEM-related fields who will speak to their experiences and respond to audience questions. Light refreshments will follow.

The program is free but registration is required.

New Article from the Wellspring: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Girls in Juvenile Justice Systems

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The following article comes from The Wellspring, our sister site devoted to providing mental health resources related to the LGBTQ+ community:

The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Girls in Juvenile Justice Systems: A Counselor’s Reflection

By Kierson Romero

A recent study has shown that LGBTQ youth are disproportionately represented and incarcerated in the juvenile justice system compared to heteronormative counterparts. “ Although they represent approximately 6% of the youth population, it is estimated that this group makes up 13% to 15% of youth in juvenile justice systems, a number that often surprises juvenile justice professionals.”  The majority of the juvenile justice system does not accommodate or provide support to this unique subgroup of juvenile offenders. A study published by Holsinger and Hodge in 2016  examined “the challenges for staff, for facilities, and for the girls, as well as considered staff recommendations for changes in policies or programs that are needed to support girls who identify as LGBT.” [Read More]