Liz Margolies, LCSW
Founder and Executive Director,
National LGBT Cancer Network
Liz Margolies, LCSW, is the founder and executive director of the National LGBT Cancer Network, the first and only national program addressing the needs of LGBT people with cancer and those at risk. Before starting the National LGBT Cancer Network, Liz was the original Coordinator of The Lesbian Cancer Initiative, the first program in NYC for lesbian, bisexual and transgender women with cancer. In addition to her cancer work, Liz is a psychotherapist in private practice, specializing in trauma, loss, health disparities and sexuality. Liz is also a guest blogger for the Huffington Post.
Founded in late 2007, the mission of the National LGBT Cancer Network is to: educate the LGBT community about our increased cancer risks and the importance of screening/early detection; train health care providers to offer more culturally sensitive, safe and welcoming care to LGBT patients; and advocate for LGBT inclusion in cancer research, media and national organizations. In 2010, the Network was hired by the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation to create their first LGBT cultural competence training, now mandatory for all 38,000 HHC employees. The Network markets its own training materials, Reexamining LGBT Healthcare, to healthcare providers, social service organizations, LGBT community groups and universities across the country.