PRIDE Institute is so very proud to announce that our very own Director of our Intensive Outpatient Program, Beck Gee, has been accepted to speak at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference happening this June 12 -14th, as well as at the National Conference on Addictive Disorders (NCAD) this August! Watch for Molly or Sadie from our Business Development Department who will be on hand to help answer questions while hosting a table for us at both conferences.

The Philly Trans – Health Conference workshop will provide a look at the Trans* population and substance use & abuse. Beck teaches us that Racism, Classism, Sexism, Homophobia and Transphobia all play a part in addiction. This workshop helps to provide attendees with knowledge of addiction and how addiction affects the Trans* community. The workshop will also look at recovery and how to work with trans* identified people in their journey to recovery and the services that can and need to be provided.

Beck believes that If we are talking about the Trans* community, we need to talk about addiction. It is a not-so-quiet killer among the community and we are losing too many amazing Trans* people due to the disease. We need to talk about it so that we can learn where to access services & start the conversation on how we help those who are in the throes of addiction.

PRIDE Institute believes that this is a conversation that needs to happen so that we can bridge the gap between providers and the community on this vital subject.
At NCAD in St. Louis, MO this August, Beck’s talk will be about Issues of Addiction & Recovery in the Transgender Population.; held on Monday, Aug. 24 at 4pm.

If you know Beck, these will be wonderful talks.
If you don’t know Beck: try to at least get to one of them.

* Trans (without the asterisk) is best applied to trans men and trans women, while the asterisk (Trans*) makes special note in an effort to include all non-cisgender gender identities, including transgender, transsexual, transvestite, genderqueer, genderfluid, non-binary, genderless, agender, non-gendered, third gender, two-spirit, bigender, and trans man and trans woman.