New Year, New Board!
There have been some changes over the last couple months with our board that we wanted to share with you. First, our former President, Jeff Leanna, and his husband who was the Secretary-Treasurer, Keith Rivera, both resigned in October 2018. In November 2018, former board member, Troy Eberling, also resigned. While these former board members still remain active in our community, they wanted to spend more time with their families. Panhandle Equality thanks them all for their service to our organization, and wishes them all well!

For the new year we have restructured our board, and welcomed three new board members! Former Vice-President, Ladessa Heimbouch, was elevated to President. Megan Koppenhafer was elected Vice-President; Cory S. Ewing was elected Secretary-Treasurer; and Lance Robbins was elected a Board Member. Ryan Griffin remains a Board Member.

The new board is extremely excited for 2019 and the opportunities ahead. We look forward to meeting you all at our Valentine's Day Party on Saturday, February 2nd at Legacy of the Plains at 6:00pm.

PrEP IU Study
Indiana University School of Public Health is conducting a multi-state project about the PrEP (Truvada) experiences of men. The study explores the PrEP adoption, adherence, and healthcare experiences of men who use PrEP and live in non-urban areas of the Midwest. If you meet the criteria listed in the image, please consider volunteering for this study.

For more information, you can view details about this study on the following social media platforms:
PrEP IU Study on PrEP IU Study on Facebook or PrEP IU Study on Twitter

Click HERE to take a 5 minute survey to see if you're eligible to participate in a 1-hour telephone interview about your experiences. Eligible participants will be compensated with a $20 Amazon electronic gift card for participating.

vpnMentor 2018

"We at vpnMentor conducted a survey in which we asked 695 LGBTQ+ people worldwide about their experiences online as they relate to their sexual orientation and gender identity. The results – referenced throughout this article – illuminated the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community. Here are some of our key findings:"

Philadelphia Weekly - August 22, 2018

"There are cultural factors that put gay, lesbian and bisexual people at greater risk of health problems. Research shows that being a member of a marginalized population increases the odds of mental health issues, substance abuse, HIV and other medical concerns. There are also issues with having access to healthcare and instances of outright discrimination that make queer people less likely to seek help for illnesses or get preventative screenings."