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From left, Moderator Patrick Lochwood, Gretchen Pickeral, Rev. Vernon Nelson, Andy Mundt, Jini Lawless and Gina Bernard participate in a panel discussion about the "Joys/Challenges of Coming Through the Closet Door" during the LGBT cultural competency seminar sponsored Saturday by the Bemidji State University Social Work Program. Pioneer Photo/Molly Miron

'Creating Inclusive and Welcoming Communities': Seminar at Bemidji State University explores LGBT issues

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Authenticity, honesty, relief - these were some of the feelings members of a panel said they experienced when they acknowledged their sexual orientation and revealed their true selves to others.


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