"Lesbian and Gay cancer survivors now have a safe place to support each other in Baton Rouge"
Baton Rouge, LA (PRWEB) June 30, 2012
The National LGBT Cancer Project is proud to announce the new LGBTQ cancer survivor support group, now meeting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to offer cancer support services to the Baton Rouge-area LGBTQ community as an affiliate of the National LGBT Cancer Network. LGBTQ persons who are battling cancer also have the added stress of navigating a medical system that is heterosexist and sometimes hostile to LGBTQ persons," said social work student Susan Indest, the founding director of this group.
The Baton Rouge LGBTQ cancer survivor support group will meet on Thursday July 19 at 7 pm. The meetings will be held at the Metropolitan Community Church of Baton Rouge at 7747 Tom Drive.
"We believe it is important that these individuals and their care givers have a safe place where they can gather to share concerns and receive support without having to reveal their sexual orientation to strangers who may not be accepting or welcoming. This support group also will allow members to focus on issues unique to LGBTQ individuals, such as problems with their partners being recognized as family, the lack of insurance and other benefits they would have if they were in a heterosexual relationship, and the lack of support from their family of origin,” said Indest.
"We've seen thousands of Lesbian and Gay cancer survivors across the United States gain life extending help from groups like these....we are certain that the Baton Rouge LGBTQ group will prove a vital source of support and hope to cancer survivors," said Darryl Mitteldorf, LCSW, Executive Director of the National LGBT Cancer Project.
The LGBTQ Cancer Support Group of Baton Rouge will be co-facilitated by Esther Sachse, LCSW, and Susan Indest, Master’s of Social Work student at Louisiana State University.
About the National LGBT Cancer Project -Out With Cancer
Founded in 2005, the National LGBT Cancer Project is America's first cancer survivor support network and advocacy nonprofit organization focused on the health and social issues unique to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people. More information can be found at http://lgbtcancer.org and on facebook at http://facebook.com/lgbtcancerproject