Join us on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 6:00pm


Our Children During COVID-19“,

presented by

Algernon Cargill, Jr., MD, and Julius Owens, LCSW.

Register at


The COVID-19 pandemic transformed death for many of us. Along with losing a loved one, we’re unable to gather with each other, show solidarity and companionship, and mourn; and even in virtual environments, we’re often alone when we participate. On Thursday, May 21, “Mourning Virtually – Online Memorials and Mental Health” was presented by Zoya McCants, Ed.D., LMHC, LPC.; Darryl “Nick” Nicholas-Sansani, LCSW, and Ayanna Roberts, LMSW.

DBGM joins with the Black gay/same-gender-loving community in NYC, especially at GMAD, with whom he worked and served for many years, and around the country in extending sympathies to the family, friends, and anyone who encountered Norman Green in his and their life journey.

This was the first in a series of online fora, “Am I Alone? A Look at LGBTQ+ POC and COVID-19” held on Thursday, May 14, which raised and discussed topics impacting LGBTQ+ peoples of color mental health, especially against COVID-19, and changes in these communities. We extend our gratitude to Giselle Fonseca, Outreach and Organizing Fellow, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs for assisting with planning and coordinating this online forum. To our speakers, Gregory-Ronnie James, Neighborhood Organizer, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, who presented on immigrant resources available to LGBTQ+ immigrants of color; Rischa Gottlieb, Ph.D., Founder and Clinical Psychologist, New Perspectives Psychological Services for presentation on mental health during COVID-19; and Matthew McMorrow, Senior Advisor for LGBTQ Community Affairs in the Mayor’s Office, who provided general resources for these communities; and to the forum’s Moderator, Julian Sanjivan, a DBGM board member.

With the theme, “The Environment and Me“, 2020 In My Mind Conference invite 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).

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:

or go to


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.