We meet at the Mayflower Church, 106 East Diamond Lake Road, Minneapolis, MN 55419 on Sunday, May 18th at 2:00PM.

PFLAG Twin Cites is pleased to be hosting an interactive discussion panel on LGBT Mental Health Care and Resources at our may meeting. Each of the four panel members will speak briefly on their focus topic, followed by a question and answer session with the audience. 


John Salisbury, Director of Programs – Rainbow Health Initiative.
Focus Topic: 
Measuring mental health and social connection in the MN LGBT communities. 

John Salisbury received a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Minnesota in 2013, with a concentration in health policy and public health administration. He has worked with Allina Health, Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, Special Olympics New York, and Jupiter. He also has a long history of involvement in issues affecting the LGBTQ community through his involvement with the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, Clare Housing and Hennepin County Public Health’s Red Door clinic.


Liana Yang, BA, LADC/LPCC – Counseling Intern at RECLAIM  

Focus Topic: Transgender Competency in heath care professionals & discussing Understanding Gender vs. Reconsidering Organization Approach to best-care.

Liana Yang, BA, LADC/LPCC, Counseling Intern at RECLAIM.  RECLAIM works to increase access to mental health support so that queer and trans youth may reclaim their lives from oppression in all its forms.  Reclaim partners with all youth ages 13 – 25 who are marginalized because of their gender identity, gender expression and/or sexual orientation. Through this partnership we strive to create a safe physical, emotional and relational space so that youth may reclaim their lives and identities from oppression in all its forms. We believe that the holistic healing work requires all of us to be engaged. We believe in building the leadership capacity of those most impacted and having them lead our efforts in community and healing.


Julie Tilsen, MA, LP, PhD

Focus Topic: Clinical work with youth who construct queer identities.

Julie Tilsen, MA, LP, PhD is the author of Therapeutic Conversations with Queer Youth: Transcending Homonormativity & Constructing Preferred Identities (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013), as well as professional journal articles and book chapters.  She is the training director for the International Center for Clinical Excellence, an associate of the Taos Institute, and the 2011 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota Association of Marriage & Family Therapy.  Julie’s work is featured in several counselor training videos produced by Alexander Street Press including:  Queer Theory in Action: Theoretical Resources for Therapeutic Conversations (parts 1 & 2); iYouth: Kids, Counseling, and Pop Culture; Feedback Informed Treatment; Supervision of Feedback Informed Treatment; and Therapy as Social Construction. 


Alex Iantaffi, PhD, LMFT, Assistant Professor of Human Sexuality at U of M Medical School.

Focus Topic:  To be announced.
Alex Iantaffi, PhD, LMFT, is an assistant professor in the Program in Human Sexuality in the Medical School at the University of Minnesota, and a is a licensed marriage and family therapist and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy. He originally trained in the UK as a systemic psychotherapist. Iantaffi’s therapeutic work focuses on transgender and gender non-conforming youth, sexuality, and relationships. He has conducted research and published on gender, disability, sexuality, deafness, education, sexual health, HIV prevention, and transgender issues. His scholarly work has been increasingly focused on issues of intersectionality and sexual health disparities.