Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The National LGBT Cancer Project

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Andrew Schorr interviews Darryl Mitteldorf, Executive Director of The National LGBT Cancer Project, about equality for all cancer patients and what the project provides for the LGBT community.

About The National LGBT Cancer Project
Founded in 2005, The National LGBT Cancer Project and Out With Cancer, constitute the first national LGBT cancer survivor support and advocacy nonprofit organization in the United States. Known collectively as the The National LGBT Cancer Project, we provide cancer-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people and other sexuality and gender diverse people and communities.

The National LGBT Cancer Project grew out of the work of an ally and oncology social worker, Darryl Mitteldorf. In 1997, Mr. Mitteldorf developed and facilitated a New York City based support group for Gay men presenting with prostate cancer. That one group grew into an international network of cancer survivor support groups for Gay, Bisexual, MtF and FtM men. The network was incorporated as the nonprofit organization, Malecare.

Around the early 2000’s, the social workers and psychologists associated with Malecare began regular discussions about the intersection of minority status and cancer survivorship. We noticed the stove piping of our LGBT community into separate groups and organizations for Lesbian and Gay cancer survivors. What if there was an organization that looked at the collective concerns of LGBT cancer survivorship? Hence, the National LGBT Cancer Project was started in 2005 as the very first organization focused on LGBT cancer survivorship, advocacy and research.

Out With Cancer is the world’s first LGBT cancer survivor online support group. Visit official website HERE.