This year’s In My Mind Conference  will take place on Oct 8 & 9 at The LGBT Center, 208 West 13th St., New York, NY 10011.

With the theme, “The Environment and Me“, the Conference invites abstract/proposal submissions for presentation along any of or a combination of the four tracks: Research, Education, Advocacy and Community.

Abstract submissions are accepted from April 1 to May 31 at

Click on the link below (pdf) for Abstract Submission Guidelines. Please read carefully.

Abstract Submission-Guidelines

Turning Ideas into Topics: Abstract Writing” for 2020 In My Mind Conference, theme, “The Environment and Me” – a Webinar on March 18, 2020, 1:00pm to 2:00pm, hosted by The James Beard Foundation (JBF), facilitated by Lissette Marrero, MSW (LM Consulting) and Colleen Vincent (JBF).

Following the effects and restrictions imposed by federal, state and local health officials surrounding COVID-19, our planned citywide discussion fora will, in some cases and depending on location availability, be postponed to a later date, which will be posted as soon as is available.

  • Immediately, “Am I Alone?” – A Look at the effects of loneliness, isolation and abandonment on LGBTQ+ peoples of color mental health, with a focus on the youth and elderly, on Thursday, April 18, 6:00pm to 9:00pm, hosted by the Pride Center of Staten Island at their location; is postponed.
  • When the Storm Hits” – a look at LGBTQ+ peoples of color mental health in a changing climate, in May, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
  • I’m Loyal and Will Die For You!” – A look at LGBTQ+ veterans of color mental health, on Wednesday, June 17, 6:00pm to 9:00pm, at Elmhurst Hospital, Queens, with panelists: Chris Adams, LMSW (Veteran) and Tanya Asapansa Walker (Veteran), and hosted by the Pride Center of NYC Health + Hospitals.
  • I’m Free, Now What?” – a look at the mental health of LGBTQ+ peoples of color who are or were incarcerated, released  into their communities; and their interaction with the criminal justice system.
  • I feel Fantastic! Is it 4Real?” – a look at the underlying mental health factors to alcohol, and substance use and abuse; and the ways in which drugs contribute to and destabilze LGBTQ+ peoples of color mental health – with an emphasis on crystal methamphetamines and heroin.
  • My Gut and Me” – An examination of how food and nutrition impact LGBTQ+ peoples of color mental health, on Monday September 21, from noon to 2:00pm, co-Hosted by the James Beard Foundation.
  • The Environment and Me” – 2020 In My Mind Conference, Oct 8 & 9 (; an announcement on a location will shortly be made. The Conference will consider the many ways, external/physical and internal/social aspects to the environment and its impact on the communities’ mental health. Immediately, there is concern about how COVID-19 impacts LGBTQ+ peoples of color mental health – with disruptions, cancelations, access, shortages, preparedness, and health issues, incluidng prematurely losing loved ones.

Together with the National Council for Behavioral Health, DBGM’s Antoine Craigwell presented a Pride Month Celebration Webinar on June 12 on “Considering the Whole Person: Contexts for LGBTQ Peoples of Color Mental and Behavioral Health Treatment.”

Listen to the Webinar here:

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DBGM presented a panel discussion,

We’re Not Mad, Crazy or Lazy!”

Exploring and Discussing Mental Health in LGBTQ+ People of Color Communities

at the World Pride Human Rights Conference on Monday, June 24, 2019, at noon at the New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, NYC.

Panelists representing peoples of color communities:

  • Shane Tull, LMSW – Caribbean LGBTQ+ peoples of color
  • Jose Ramon – Latino and The White Shirt Project
  • Cecilia Gentili – Latinx and TransLatina Communities
  • Elton Naswood – Navajo and Native American Two-Spirit Communities
  • Kyndra Frazier, LMSW – Black Lesbian Community

The panel will be moderated by Antoine Craigwell, founder and CEO, DBGM, Inc.