Please join the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality in our 2017 Intersections of Equality professional development Symposium: Increasing LGBT Competency in Care for Seniors. The event will bring together health professionals and allies whose work in professions seeking to improve the lives of older adults in our communities. Through the professional development portion of the symposium, GEAE will seek to educate professionals on the unique perspectives needed when working with older adults with diverse gender identities and sexual orientations as they approach retirement, enjoy their golden years, and prepare for estate planning, long-term care, and end of life decisions.

Both days will be held at: Manufacturers Association Conference Center

Thursday October 12, 2017: Community Education Event

  • 5:30-6:30 pm VIP cocktail reception with Keynote Dr. Joe Kort and panelists ($50)
  • 6:30-9 pm Documentary screening of MAJOR! & Panel discussion with area experts (refreshments available) ($15)

Friday October 13, 2017: Professional Development Conference

  • 8am-5pm Professional development conference
  • $55.00 (+CEU processing fee, if required)
  • Opening and closing sessions
  • Keynote address during lunch
  • Eight breakout sessions



Keynote Speaker: Dr. Joe Kort  Renowned psychotherapist, coach, and author of several best-selling titles including:

10 smart things gay men can do to improve their lives, 2nd edition

Gay Affirmative therapy for the straight clinician: The essential guide

Dr. Kort, Ph.D., MSW, MA,is the founder of Center of Relationship and Sexual Health and is in the process of becoming a certified transgender therapist through the World Professional Association for Transgender Health ( WPATH is the standard of care for transgender medical and mental healthcare.

He is also an expert contributor to Huffington Post and Psychology Today and has written numerous articles on relationships.

About MAJOR!  MAJOR! explores the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years.

MAJOR! is more than just a biographical documentary: It’s an investigation into critical issues of how the Prison Industrial Complex represents a wide-spread and systematic civil rights violation, as well as a historical portrait of diverse LGBT communities, told with love and humor, and personalized through the lens of a vibrant and charismatic woman. Through first-person narration and innovative visual story telling, MAJOR! seeks to create a living, breathing history of a community’s struggle and resilience, as seen and experienced by those who lived it.



GEAE is seeking submissions of proposals for presentations for the professional development portion of our Symposium.

We are looking for presentations/workshops/panel discussions that qualify for continuing education credits for LCSW/LPC/LMFT, Nursing, and other professional development licenses. Presentations are in 90 minute sessions throughout the day-long conference.

The planning committee has chosen the following themes for the symposium:

  • Working with LGBT older adults and their families in health care/hospice
  • Working with LGBT older adults in mental health/substance abuse care systems
  • Assisting LGBT older adults in finding connections and social networks
  • Assisting LGBT older adults with retirement planning, estate and legal issues
  • LGBT older adults in the criminal justice system
  • Other areas of consideration will be accepted

GUIDELINES: Please submit your presentation proposal by August 30, 2017. The proposal submission requires:

Abstract of Presentation – maximum of 300 words describing:

  • The presentation focus, and type (workshop, panel, presentation)
  • Three learning objectives of the presentation and how it connects to the themes
  • Presentation and media needs

Presenter Information:

  • A 100 word Biosketch
  • Agency Background – For organizations, please provide a 100 word description of the agency

Please submit HERE.

Participants will be notified of abstract of acceptance by no later than: September 1, 2017

For more information, please contact Dr. William Koehler at

CEU Credits to be provided by Edinboro University of PA.


This year our focus is on the needs of the LGBT senior. We are expecting approximately 150-200 people to attend one or two of the events.  This is a perfect opportunity to get the word out about your organization, service, or product. You may also sell appropriate wares at this event.

We have nine available tables. Groups may share a table. If you are interested, please fill out the form below and send us payment of $200 by September 15th.  If payment is not received by that date, your table will be given to the next organization on the wait list. Payments can be made through Paypal, check to our office, or through Square. Call us at 814-731-7696 to set a Square payment.


Symposium Vendor

If you are interested in becoming a vendor for the 2017 Intersections of Equality