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The Prism Project: Assessing the Needs of Tulsa's LGBTQ+ Community

Aired on Monday, December 23rd.

On this edition of ST Medical Monday, we learn about The Prism Project, a far-reaching, recently-released needs-assessment survey that was commissioned in order to better inform the Greater Tulsa community about issues related to our LGBTQ+ neighbors, friends, and fellow citizens. As per the Prism Project website, Tulsa Reaches Out (which is an advisory council within the Tulsa Community Foundation) "commissioned The Hope Research Center at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa to conduct the survey within Tulsa's LGBTQ+ community. More than 800 anonymous surveys were completed and analyzed. The steering committee met over an 11-month period to inform the design and promotions of the survey, and analyze and interpret the findings.... The Prism Project tracks changes in the LGBTQ+ community since Tulsa Reaches Out first conducted a LGBTQ+ Needs Assessment in 2004-05. The new project highlights key findings as well as noting comparisons, improvements, and challenges the LGBTQ+ community now faces as compared to 15 years ago." Our guests today are both familiar with The Prism Project: Toby Jenkins is the CEO of Oklahomans for Equality, and Taylor Raye is the GSA and LGBTQ+ Program Coordinator at Youth Services of Tulsa.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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