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Queer Nightlife Talks: How do you live without the party?
November 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
These are sure tough times. We are all dealing with a protracted pandemic and the restrictions that places on our social lives. The loss of our events at which we gather combined with being unable to hang out with some of our friends pulls at the threads of the fabric of our mental health.
At the same time, many of us are also struggling financially. Workers in queer nightlife are definitely feeling these economic pressures, but so are others in our queer communities due to loss of jobs or underemployment.
Taken together, the current situation can be a perfect storm for mental health challenges, even for the most emotionally strong among us.
The SF Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund (QNF) has tasked itself with providing resources and opportunities to support queer nightlife workers impacted by COVID-19, but we realize that sometimes support also comes in non-monetary forms. And queer nightlife does not operate in a vacuum. It exists because of the larger LGBTQ communities that frequent such nightlife and QNF realizes that we must look at things such as our overall community’s mental health holistically.
To that end, QNF is hosting this next edition of our Queer Nightlife Talks series with a moderated public forum with two guest mental health professionals on the specific issues facing queer nightlife workers as well as the queer community at large.
Everyone from the queer community is welcome.
Join us at zoom.queernightlifefund.org.
Angelique L. Burke, MS, EdS, LPC, ChT has a proven and long-standing commitment to community involvement, leadership, and education, and one of her current passions is creating new communal connections while presenting and educating at various community and professional events.
In other adjacent worlds, she is a PhD candidate and Psychotherapist who graduated from The Florida State University’s College of Education with dual Masters’ of Science in Career Counseling and Mental Health Counseling, and an Educational Specialist degree.
While attending Florida State University, she obtained further specialization and experience via the Arts in Community Practice Certificate Program, which has supported her ability and interest in using Expressive Arts, Music, Somatics and Dance in therapeutic work with clients in both group and individual sessions.
She believes the most impactful approach to experiencing healing, growth, and successful recovery is via a relational framework. Therefore, utilizing a comprehensive approach that blends art and science, she has worked in the substance abuse and mental health field in inpatient and outpatient settings for over 20 years, extensively with co-occurring disorders, Intimate Partner Domestic & Sexual Violence, LGBTQI+ Relationships, trauma and abuse—child and adult.
Throughout her career, her most challenging and rewarding work has been the study and practice of how to repair and experience meaningful and healing relationships, and supporting clients facing recurrent pregnancy loss and fertility issues.
Commonly referred to simply as Red, she has a commitment to client success by assisting clients who are ready to meet challenges in their life and to make changes to live the life, and experience the relationships, they desire by attaining a better understanding of one’s self, goals, values, spiritual conflicts, and creative blocks; developing skills for coping with addictive behaviors—theirs and others; finding resolutions to the issues or concerns that led them to seek help now; addressing anger, grief, stress, anxiety, depression, and other emotional pressures; changing old patterns of behavior and developing new ones; improving communications and relationship skills; discovering new ways to solve problems in their family, marriage, or other significant relationships; increasing creativity and motivation; making positive changes and being open to new perspectives; and overcoming impacts of past trauma and toxic relationships.
Beyond being in private practice in Atlanta since 2004, Sir Red has advanced training and focus on applying scientifically based techniques in Relationship Therapy, Imago Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy, and is a Certified Relationship and Life Coach (CLC) through the International Coaching Science Research Foundation (ICSRF), a Member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP), and Certified through The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute (ASMI) as a Clinical Hypnotherapist.
She also regularly presents workshops and conducts psycho-educational groups on recovery education, decreasing distress symptoms, careering, non-partum depression, and creative relationshipping.
Ralph Bruneau, PhD., is International Mr. Leather 2017. Dr. Bruneau has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is a LMFT in Los Angeles working both within and outside the kink and fetish communities. As IML, he traveled over 118,000 miles as an ambassador to the leather community around the world, participating in 43 weekends of events out of 52 in his title year. He is on the Board of the Los Angeles Gender Center and President of Avatar LA. He has presented/taught at CLAW, IML, IMsL, ONYX Blackout, among others. He has written for, or been profiled in, Alphatribe, The Leather Journal, GayStarNews, Bound and Black, Box, Time Out, Advocate, Huffington Post, and most recently was one of 6 chosen for an eight-page feature in Playboy magazine (in collaboration with the Trevor Project) because of his work with #BornPerfect and activism in fighting Conversion Therapy. He was the Payasos Leatherman of the Year 2017, and was awarded the George Wong person of the Year 2018 by the LALC. His IML step-aside video was awarded the 2019 Best Musical Short by CineKink and is touring in festivals nationwide.