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Reclaiming 2SQT+ (Two-spirit, Queer and Trans) Thriving and Liberation
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Prior to European colonization, 2-SQT communities were celebrated and venerated in Indigenous and many communities worldwide. Despite this critical historical context, 2-SQT communities in the US and worldwide continue to be targeted politically and discriminated against daily. This undue stress has been linked to higher, and now rising rates of suicide among 2-SQT communities. For example, The Trevor Project (2022) reported that 45% of 2-SQT youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year and nearly 1 in 5 transgender and nonbinary youth attempted suicide. Furthermore, rates of suicide attempts were generally higher among 2-SQT youth of color, and particularly among Native/Indigenous 2-SQT youth (The Trevor Project, 2022). Mental health providers have a unique responsibility in mitigating suicidal risk among 2-SQT communities, however, are often operating in a system of gatekeeping that can further hinder the health and well-being of 2-SQT communities. This training will review clinical applications for providing affirming support and language, discuss why intersectionality and anti-racism matters as we employ 2-SQT affirming models of care, and learn how these culturally responsive clinical applications are critical to cultivating communities where 2SQT people can thrive. 

Laura Minero, PhD

Dr. Laura Minero (She/Her/Ella) is a licensed psychologist and specializes in working with BIPOC, 2SQT+, Spanish-speaking and immigrant youth and adults via her independent practice Yolotl Libre Therapy, Training, and Consulting She earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Madison and has dedicated her life-affirming work to revolutionizing systems that adversely impact undocumented, queer, trans, and communities of color. She contributed to scientific studies used to inform national policy as a Science Policy and Technology Fellow with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Her research on undocumented and asylum-seeking transgender immigrants and their lived experience at the intersection of cissexism, racism, and state-sanctioned trauma has been supported by Ford Foundation Predoctoral and Dissertation fellowship awards. Her dissertation critiqued US Detention and Asylum-seeking processes for incurring trauma and psychological sequela on Latinx, transgender immigrants and earned her APA’s Division 44’s (Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity) 2020 Transgender People and Gender Diversity Research Award, the National Latinx Psychological Association’s Outstanding Dissertation Award, Association for Hispanics in Higher Education 1st Place Dissertation Award, and the 2022 Outstanding Award from the Committee for Global Psychology, American Psychological Association.

Dr. Minero completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior where she provided bilingual/bicultural, trauma-informed, affirming, and evidenced-based mental health services to LGBTQ+ youth and families, and developed trauma-informed curriculum and trainings for the Los Angles Department of Mental Health + UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence. She serves as an anti-racist, community healing, liberation, LGBTQ+ and trauma-informed education consultant and has given numerous keynote speeches and trainings for international and national audiences.

Dr. Minero has partnered with national immigrant and social justice-based organizations to create social media resources and mental health toolkits and resource guides for providers. In recognition of her contributions to enacting change, social justice, and being a champion for anti-racism, equity and liberation, Dr. Minero has received several state and national service awards from the National Latinx Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Association’s Division for Counseling Psychology and the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race. To learn more about Dr. Minero’s prior and ongoing experience, visit

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Laura Minero maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with Trans Immigrant Liberation Research Equipo, the University of Wisconsin, and UCLA. She received a grant from the American Psychological Association’s Division 44. Dr. Minero receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Laura Minero is an advocate for LGBTQ+ and anti-racist values.



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