Nan Van Den Bergh is the founder of ARROW and a professor at Florida International University’s School of Social Work. Also a breast cancer survivor and lesbian, Van Den Bergh states that the Rainbow Survivor Network provides a way for LBT women to speak “with someone who not only ‘has been there…’ but who would be ‘safe’ in terms of acceptance.”
ARROW trains current LBT cancer survivors to be mentors (or Rainbow Buddies) who are aware of confidentiality, handling risks, active listening, and boundaries.
According to The Pride Center website, the upcoming discussion will “facilitate an open dialogue on ‘women born women only politics’ and its impact on the relationships between lesbian and transgender women.”
A professional panel will inform the conversation with their experience and insights: Denise Spivak, President of Women in Network (WIN); Robin Schwartz, President of Aqua Foundation for Women; Tori Bertran, Activist/ Board Member of Aqua Foundation for Women; and Diana O’Brien, Activist/ AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Coordinator.