Understand Your Impact

Interesting Stories, News, and Commentaries On Cultural Competency

Uterine and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Cancer knows no boundaries. While certain types of cancer may be more prevalent in males than females, and vice versa, the healthcare world is exploring factors beyond gender lines.    For the LGBTQ population, often challenges and roadblocks exist before they can access care in the first place. Research suggests that seven types of cancer […]

World Lung Cancer Day

August 1: World Lung Cancer Day Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States today. It is estimated that an alarming 4 out of 5 of diagnosed patients will ultimately die from the disease, and a new patient is diagnosed every 2 ½ minutes.   While August 1 is World […]

Prevention for Patients: World Hepatitis Day and LGBTQ+ Impacts

July 28 is World Hepatitis Day, an important day to bring awareness to the viral infection that impacts the lives of so many.   According to the Hepatitis B Foundation, HBV is the primary cause of liver cancer, which is the #2 cause of cancer deaths worldwide. In the U.S. alone, Hepatitis C is the […]

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month occurs in June each year. This month and every month, it’s important to have a conversation — or be mindful, if you will — of Alzheimer’s impacts and patient trends.   The effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s can be devastating, and some patients may experience challenges beyond the brain. LGBTQ+ […]

National Stroke Awareness Month

May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and it’s an opportune time to remind practitioners and patients alike how important education and prevention can be. In the U.S., stroke is the fifth leading cause of death while roughly 80% of all strokes are preventable, as shared by the Society for Public Health Education. Proactively taking steps […]

Categories of Cultural Competency Clinicians

Who can benefit from cultural competency training in healthcare? No matter the title, these categories of service-oriented individuals can develop the confidence and compassion essential to providing excellent care to LGBTQ+, Sexual Gender Minority (SGM) and a broad range of diverse patient populations. Aspiring Clinicians Before a healthcare hero earns the proper licensure, he or […]

3 Steps to Clinical Cultural Competence

Clinical and educational settings are increasingly recognizing the importance of cultural competence and diversity and inclusion in the workplace. As a professional seeking to develop your own expertise, and if you are passionate about connecting your teams with the same, you can start by taking three key steps. 1. Be Aware Look around you. The […]

LGBTQ+ Patient Trends

All patients’ needs are different and diverse, and every physician wishes to provide the best care and treatment for each encounter. It is important to consider LGBTQ+ healthcare trends that may impact provider and patient outcomes as well as overall wellness. Emergency Room Frequency It is estimated that only 26% of U.S. emergency room physicians […]

Understanding Bias and Patient Impact

Every person has a complex mind of their own, filled with memories, perceptions, experiences, and knowledge. All of these pieces help shape one’s identity, how one sees himself or herself, and how he or she sees the world as a whole. Bias is a byproduct of these factors. Defining Bias The term “bias” refers to […]

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S1 E1 From Book to Healthcare Consultancy, How Dina’s Marketing Project Sparked a New Business

When Society’s Expectations Collide With the Authentic Self. We had a really interesting discussion that covered a lot of ground.  Listen here.

What is Gender Affirming Healthcare?

Thursday, April 18, 2019 
Featuring Keynote Speaker:
Dina Proto (She/Her/Hers)
A skilled speaker, trainer, and author of Identity Impact, Dina, facilitates effective and compassionate conversations around the emotional subject of gender identity. She brings her experience caring for patients and her roles as mother, entrepreneur, and advocate for the LGBTQ community to her consulting work with the education, corporate, medical, insurance, small business, and government sectors.  Read more

044: Follow Your Heart and Be a Change Agent in Your Business with Author and Speaker, Dina Proto

As a Registered Nurse, Author, and Speaker, Dina Proto offers compelling insight into the health issues of those within the LGBTQ community. Dina’s spirited approach motivates engagement to foster change by creating compassionate awareness of the health care inequalities faced by those in the LGBTQ community, how they are created, and how to overcome them. When Dina isn’t busy with her business, she’s focused on supporting other business owners affiliated with the Las Vegas LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce.  Listen Here.


Check out this Facebook Live video with Dina Proto, RN, about her book launch of Identity Impact: When Society’s Expectations Collide with the Authentic Self. Dina is interviewed by Jenn Grace of Publish Your Purpose.

Dina Proto: Cultivating Change Through Communication

Her work is diverse—nurse, author, speaker and business owner. Her social engagement runs deep as she advocates for the LGBTQ community in various roles including President of GLCCNV. Yet running through all of Dina Proto ’s endeavors is her conviction that communication leads to change.  Read more.

Largest LGBT community business event kicks off in Las Vegas

Diversity has come a long way since the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce first opened its doors 15 years ago.

But panelists discussing political and cultural issues and their effects on gay businesses say what took 15 years to accomplish could disappear in 15 months unless the business community takes a stand on gender diversity issues, including discrimination and matters like transgender bathroom laws.  Read more.

One Year Later: Marriage Equality Fight Shifts To Economic Equality

One year ago this week, the United States Supreme Court struck down a ban on same-sex marriages.

In Nevada, same-sex marriages had been legal since 2014. The SCOTUS decision opened the door, though, to greater marketing of same-sex marriages throughout Las Vegas, whose numerous chapels cater to thousands of tourists each year.  Listen here.

For the record: Clinton: ‘Everything I can’

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton held a town hall style meeting in Las Vegas August 18. Two of the approximately one dozen questions fielded by the candidate concerned LGBT issues. The following is a transcript of those questions from a YouTube video of the event.

Audience member (at approximately 26:00 minutes): Hello, Hillary. My name is Dina Proto. I am a local LGBT business owner and founding president of the lesbian and gay chamber of commerce here in Nevada. …So my question to you is: How are you going to support our LGBT community in our country, improving economic equality, creating safe spaces for our youth –can you speak to that?  Read more.

Businesses find new opportunities with LGBT certification

October 28, 2016

Originally published by Written by Danielle Birkin

Dina Proto, cofounder of Teazled Greeting Cards and Gifts, which focuses on the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, was looking for ways to grow the business she launched with her wife in 2011.  Read more.

A friend suggested Proto consider having her venture certified as a women-owned business enterprise. More…

Las Vegas gay bar hosts fundraiser for families of Orlando shooting victims

Wednesday nights are usually slow at the Phoenix Bar and Lounge, a gay bar on
West Sahara Avenue near Arville Street.
But by 8 p.m. more than 50 people from the LGBT community, as well as many
straight allies, had gathered there to raise money for the families of the
Orlando, Florida, shooting victims. And the crowd was only expected to grow as
the night went on.  Read More.

Las Vegas LGBT center holds vigil for Orlando shooting victims – PHOTOS

In the words of Fred Rogers, in times of tragedy, “look for the helpers” —
helpers like Kurt Divich.
Divich, a Las Vegas native and local author, was in Orlando, Florida, at the time shooter Omar ateen opened fire at a gay nightclub, killing 50 people and injuring 53 more.  In the few short hours after the shooting, Divich took time away from his family vacation to Disney World and joined the thousands of other helpers who stood in line to donate blood. Read More.

Container Park welcomes five widely varying new businesses

Container Park, Downtown Project’s flagship development, on Thursday welcomed five new businesses to its entrepreneurial retail incubator setting in downtown Las Vegas.

All the businesses are self-financed and aren’t receiving any investment money from Downtown Project, Tony Hsieh’s $350 million redevelopment initiative.  Read more.


The trip to the greeting-card aisle can be an agonizing one, sifting through the overly sentimental and the inappropriately funny. But what if none of the cards actually works, say, if you’re looking for a wedding card for two brides or a Father’s Day card for two dads?

Enter Teazled, an LGBT-owned greeting-card company based here in Las Vegas. Dina Proto, who co-owns Teazled with her wife Dina “Dom” Poist-Proto, says a Mother’s Day card made by their daughter was the seed. Read more.


Valentine’s Day Rosier for Same-Sex Teen Romance


(WOMENSENEWS)–For the first time lesbian teens can see their relationships reflected in Hallmark ads. The Kansas City, Mo., greeting card giant is running an ad campaign featuring real couples sharing their feelings without saying “love.” One of these couples is a mixed-race same-sex couple who have been together for two years. “You make my heart 50 times bigger,” Eugenia say to her girlfriend Corinna. Read more.

Business conference for gays, lesbians draws 700

Dina Proto needed a way to take her greeting card business to the next level.

And thanks to the certification and business connections she made through the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, or NGLCC, Proto’s company, Teazled, gained access to mainstream, national stores.  Read more

Chamber president urges Nevada’s LGBT businesses to seek certification

By Melissa Lowery
In 2011, when Dina Proto founded Teazled LLC to create greeting cards and became certified as a LGBT business enterprise through the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce that same year, she was surprised to learn that only three other businesses in Nevada were certified. After realizing the direct impact certification had on the ability to grow Teazled, she sought to provide education and outreach to other LGBT business enterprises, allies and corporate partners as founder and president of the Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Nevada.  Learn more.


Published on Jan 1, 2013

Ladies First! 2013 Women’s Issue featuring Dina & Dina of Teazled –a greeting card company. Find out where Las Vegas ladies hang out. Learn more about domestic violence in the LGBT community and grab some tips on purchasing life insurance for those you love. Plus Q&A with Frenchie Davis, Best of QVegas Nominations, and OUTMusic Award Winners. Click to read more.