Date & Time: October 7, 2021 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: Online

Please join the Manhattan Center School of Social Work for our annual National Coming Out Day Forum. We we will have an open mic and a panel of speakers. 

Our panelists include KC Councilor, Assistant Professor at Southern Connecticut State University; and Beth Counselman Carpenter, Associate Professor at Adelphi University.

KC Councilor, PhD (he/him/his) is an assistant professor in the Communication, Media, and Screen Studies Department at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. He is also a cartoonist who makes comics about the experiences of being transgender and transitioning. His graphic memoir, Between You and Me: Transitional Comics, was published in 2019. He incorporates drawing and other creative practices into his teaching, and has published several comic essays in academic journals. He frequently gives talks, hosts workshops, and shows art about queerness, transness, and being human. He cohosts the Real Talk: Diversity in Higher Ed podcast with Jamil Harp. You can see his work at

Beth Counselman Carpenter, PhD, LCSW (she/her/hers) is an author, clinician, consultant and Associate Professor of Social Work at Adelphi University with a private practice in CT. Her practice and research interests include deepening access to queer affirmative mental health and medical services for LGBTQIA+ folks. Recent scholarship projects include analyzing secondary data to understand factors of post-traumatic growth in individuals who have completed transition and facilitative factors to inclusive health care. She has written and co-edited two books: Working with Grief, & Traumatic Loss: Theory, Practice, Personal Reflection & Self-care for Clinicians (2019) and Decolonizing Human Behavior: An Anti-Oppressive Reader (2021). She has published work in the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health and the Journal of Social Work & Human Rights, and frequently provides DEI trainings to local corporations, hospitals and schools. For many years, Beth facilitated coming out groups at the Triangle Community Center in CT.

Twitter: @ElisabethAnneCC, LinkedIn: beth-counselman-carpenter-phd-lcsw-15b20717. Website:


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