Monthly Archives: February 2010

Getting the E-Word Out Symposium – Chicago

Hey Everyone,

On Monday, February 8th I had the honor of speaking at the Getting the E-Word Out Symposium in Chicago sponsored by Office of LGBT Health & Office of Substance Abuse and Tobacco Control Programs, and the Chicago Department of Public Health.

As the keynote speaker I was charged with spreading the Network message and importance of Social Media.

I also sat on a panel with 4 other amazing community advocates that were most knowledgeable in social media:

Gordon Mayer, Vice President, Community Media Workshop, Columbia College

Christine Cupaiuolo, Social Media Consultant

Lovette Ajayi, The Red Pump Project for HIV Awareness

Jim Pickett, Director of Advocacy AIDS Foundation of Chicago & founder of LifeLube site/blog for Gay Men’s Health

Check out the link for a great article written by Erica Demarest with MEDILL Reports Chicago

For my twitter peps check out #eword for the on the spot tweets…

Just to let you all know we made sure to video the entire day and will be compiling a short video on Social Media using the footage from this event! We will be sure to send out an email to our Network when it is releases. So stay tuned and if you are not on our email list check out to sign up!

Thanks for reading…

Gustavo Torrez | Program Manager

National LGBT Tobacco Control Network

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Posted by on February 10, 2010 in Presentations



Getting the #eword blocked?

In a little bit I hope you’ll be reading more here on the #eword seminar Chicago Dept. of Health just put on showing nonprofits how to use social media to reach and activate their constituent base. We were lucky enough that Gustavo Torrez, the Project Manager for the Network for LGBT Tobacco Control was giving a keynote (and a case study, and on a panel, and videotaping the day… because we’re nothing if not overachievers!). But I wanted to just quickly comment on the one amusing thing here… that as is not uncommon, but was pretty humorous here… the Chicago Dept of Health blocked social media sites from their computer links. This left presenters dangling a bit, as they tried to demonstrate sites they couldn’t see, like Twitter. But, I want to give folk a little heads up to a workaround that can really help, learned from an Oklahoma dept of Health rep… even tho many orgs are blocking social media sites, you can often get around this with, drumroll please… Twitter. Wait, why? Isn’t that who Chicago Dept of Health blocked? (you ask). Yes, they did block the website, but one reason Twitter has gained such popularity recently is because it’s tuned to be used from your cell phone, without any web access! For those of you not familiar with Twitter yet, it just allows text length posts on ‘whassup’. So, it’s like having the status updates from FaceBook, without any of the other stuff. You follow folks, and the ones that follow you can see all your updates. But since they are text length… it’s pretty easy and viable to just set up yr phone so you can text to Twitter. Now, albeit, you can’t run a full organizational Twitter presence without getting full web access sometime, figuring out who to follow, or replying to folk who comment. But if you’re trying to work around social media blocking… consider this little OK trick as a bandaid.

And later watch for a full update on the #eword panel, it sounds like it went really well. Plus… we videotaped lots of it, so hope to be putting up youtube videos on it soon as well!


Network Director
Network for LGBT Tobacco Control
A proud project of The Fenway Institute
Boston, MA
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Posted by on February 9, 2010 in Presentations




First, Thanks for reading my blog!

I am here at Creating Change and I have to say LOVING IT! The energy here is amazing…

It is so great to be in a space with so many like minded people, people that are dedicated to ACTION!

As you may already know, The Network has 9 AMAZING scholarship recipients here blogging, tweeting… the whole nine! Stay tuned to our blog to read up on their experience at cc10, post workshop blogs etc.

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Posted by on February 5, 2010 in Creating Change 2010


Gustavo Torrez named Nat’l LGBT Tobacco Control Network’s New Project Manager

The National LGBT Tobacco Control Network is pleased to announce a key addition to our staff. After a long search, we are very happy to welcome Mr. Gustavo Torrez from California as our new Project Manager.

Many of you already know Gustavo, he has been involved in the tobacco control movement for 14 years. After being an outspoken teen on the subject of tobacco, he was one of a few young adults from around the country selected for American Legacy Foundation’s Speakers Bureau and later, their Activism Council. For the Past 8 years he has been working with the STAND Projects, a program of Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant trails in Sacramento. During this time, he has assisted in the development and management of eight successfully grant funded programs bring in over 2.8 million dollars for his local community. From this work he now moves onto Boston to The Fenway Institute where he’ll fill out the team of three staff at the National LGBT Tobacco Control Network. Gustavo says, “After working with the American Legacy Foundation I always wanted to do more work on a national level. I’ve worked in the National LGBT Tobacco Control Network for years and I really appreciate all the great people and amazing work going on. I am frankly ecstatic to have the opportunity to join the staff team to help move the Network forward further.”

For our part we are sincerely delighted to have gotten the sweet mix of an experienced hand at tobacco and such an up and coming star into the house team for the Network. Look for great things to come.

Please join us in giving a warm welcome to Gustavo, feel free to send him welcome emails at or leave comments on here!

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Posted by on February 3, 2010 in Uncategorized