UCLA co-hosts West Coast's first health conference for LGBTQ+ students

UCLA Health article
Students from UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine and Fielding School of Public Health, the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona and USC's Keck School of Medicine will co-host "Forward Together," a health symposium for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) and allied students from across the nation. Experts from the fields of medicine, public health, academia, the arts, law and business will lead workshops, panels and discussions on LGBTQ+ health.
Entirely student-organized and funded, the event aims to enhance health professionals' and graduate students' knowledge, foster mentorship and encourage networking among future leaders. Now in its fourth year, this is the symposium's first visit to the West Coast and the first inter-school partnership for an LGBTQ+ health-related event. 
The event is co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center and will be catered by the Border Grill.
April 5–7:
April 5 (6 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.)               
Welcome reception, film screening and photo exhibit
UCLA's Glory Kaufman Hall, 120 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles (map)
April 6 (8 a.m. to 9 p.m.)                    
Speakers, networking and breakout sessions
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 McCadden Pl., Los Angeles (map)
April 7 (9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.)               
Youth award, family planning and parenting panel
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 McCadden Pl., Los Angeles (map)
For a detailed schedule, visit www.lgbthealthsymposium.com.
Open to all interested students and professionals, the event will feature the following speakers:
Jenny Pizer
Co-counsel for 2008 case that won marital rights for California's LGBTQ+ citizens, senior counsel and director of the Law and Policy Project at Lambda Legal
Rep. Mark Takano (D–Calif.)
First openly LGBTQ+ person of color elected to U.S. Congress
Thomas Coates
Director of the UCLA Center for World Health
Abbe Land
CEO and executive director of the Trevor Project; mayor pro tempore of West Hollywood
John Duran
Co-founder of Equality CA; West Hollywood City Councilmember
Shane Snowdon
Director of health and aging at the Human Rights Campaign
Dr. Madeline Deutsch
Director of the transgender health program Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center
Dr. Mark Katz
Southern California regional coordinator for HIV/AIDS physicians at Kaiser Permanente
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