On behalf of NALGAP’s Board of Directors, I encourage you not only to read Michael Shelton’s informative article, but more importantly to discuss it with your colleagues and associates. Conversations and actions will bring about change.
NALGAP is proud of the work we do. As a volunteer-based professional association we are often stressed physically and financially by the increased demands for meeting our stated goals. We admit we have experienced growth spurts followed by periods of minimal activity; this was especially true during the onset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic when we lost so many leaders and members, and our time was challenged to meet the demands of our clients as well as taking care of our loved ones, friends and ourselves. As an association we did survive and we are still here today dedicated to our mission, which I wish to share with you.
Here is our mission statement:
NALGAP's mission is to confront all forms of oppression and discriminatory practices in the delivery of services to all people and to advocate for programs and services that affirm all genders and sexual orientations. NALGAP provides information, training, networking, and advocacy about addiction and related problems, and support for those engaged in the health professions, individuals in recovery, and others concerned about the health of gender and sexual minorities.
Over the years, NALGAP has been the one constant national and international voice for LGBTQ needs in the areas of prevention, substance abuse, alcoholism and other addictions. Through newsletters, conferences, training and perseverance by volunteer board members, NALGAP has kept alive the push to make this a safer, healthier world for LGBTQ people. NALGAP has been a major referral source, a disseminator of information, an educator. Most importantly, NALGAP has been the national and international voice of conscience that advocates for all those lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people who have been injured by substance abuse, addiction and discrimination.
NALGAP is excited again to sponsor the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) in Orlando, Fla., this September. We will be holding our membership meeting and a series of workshops to address LGBT issues across the lifespan. Additionally, Pride Institute will be sponsoring our networking reception. We also will be honoring individuals with award presentations for their outstanding contributions.
Membership in NALGAP helps us to work together to achieve our goals. Please visit www.nalgap.org and become a member today.