2019 Workshops

PRE-CONFERENCE: LGBTQ 101: Beyond the Alphabet
The LGBT Center Orange County

Through discussion and interactive exercises, the workshop will increase awareness about terminology, experiences, resources and practices that promote the safety, inclusion and well-being of LGBTQ youth. How do we name and honor the experiences and identities of LGBTQ youth? How do we understand and acknowledge the intersections of sexual orientation, gender and gender stereotypes, race, ethnicity, immigration status, and disability? Early Learning about LGBT Identities: Where, how and what do we learn about who LGBTQ people are? How does this impact LGBTQ youth? Understanding Transgender and Non-binary Identities Trans Ally Do’s and Don’ts LGBTQ history, historical figures and accomplishments Resources.

Laura Kanter, Director of Policy and Advocacy, The LGBT Center Orange County

How to Use Media to Uplift, Empower, and Connect LGBTQ+ Youth
It Gets Better Project

FACTS ARE FACTS: It Gets Better® stories have the power to connect and engage communities. That’s why the It Gets Better Project produces and partners on films, videos, books, and more - as well as free-for-download EduGuides to accompany them - that inspire and empower LGBTQ+ youth, and that are ideal for group spaces and events where empathy and inclusivity are encouraged. So come join us, and learn how you can bring inspiring LGBTQ+ stories into your classroom!

Justin Tindall, Director, Education and Global Programming, It Gets Better Project

Legal Rights of LGBTQ Youth in K-12 Public Schools
Human Rights Campaign

The deck is stacked against young people growing up LGBTQ in American public schools. LGBTQ youth are more than two times as likely as non-LGBTQ youth to say they've been verbally harassed, called names, physically assaulted, kicked, or shoved at school. All students deserve to learn in a safe and supportive school environment. On the federal and state levels, HRC advocates for legislation that protects LGBTQ young people from discrimination, bullying, and harassment and promotes improvements to the ways current laws are implemented for LGBTQ youth. Join HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow in a review of how the law protects LGBTQ students.

Sarah Warbelow, Legal Director, Human Rights Campaign

The Opposite of Bullying
University of Oregon: College of Education

The presenters will share the 2018 Oregon report on bias-based bullying, harassment, and exclusion of LGBTQ+ youth as a call for educational projects designed to improve the lives and educational experiences of LGBTQ+ youth. We will share resources on presenting LGBTQ+ youth as student leaders and equity/intersectionality framing questions. We will also share a framework for establishing a queer youth leadership summit, models for funding this work, and examples of a dozen queer youth empowerment projects from the past decade. The workshop is interactive and attendees will be encouraged to develop a vision for similar work in their own community.

Julia Heffernan, Master's Programs and Teacher Licensure Director, University of Oregon: College of Education

From the Local School Board to the U.S. Congress: How to Effectively Impact Public Policy
Human Rights Campaign

Public policy at the federal, state, and local level can have a substantial impact on the lives of LGBTQ young people. This workshop will teach conference attendees how to use their unique experience to effectively engage with elected representatives to advance policies that positively affect LGBTQ young people as well as defending against harmful policy. Attendees will learn about the current policy landscape and strategies for how to successfully engage with their elected representatives at all levels of government.

Jennifer Bailey, Senior Public Policy Advocate, Human Rights Campaign

Empowering Families to be Allies and Advocates
American Counseling Association

LGBTQ youth face many challenges from the ongoing coming out process to barriers at school and the workplace. Parents, siblings, extended family, and families of choice can assist through acceptance, awareness, and advocacy. Acceptance strategies include being supportive and consistent in interactions post-coming out. Families can increase awareness and mitigate risk factors such as bullying, depression, anxiety, substance use, self-harm and suicide. In addition to promoting positive coping strategies, families can advocate for youth in their own family, school, and community. Strategies related to acceptance, awareness, and advocacy will be provided for families of LGBTQ children, adolescents, and emerging adults.

Simone Lambert, President, American Counseling Association

Understanding and Showing Up for Intersex Human Rights
InterACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth

Intersex individuals have historically been rendered as socially and medically disordered, which has resulted in a body suspended in taboo and myth. This workshop explores the emergence of the intersex treatment model in the mid-twentieth century and the effects that medicalization has on lived experience. We will also be exploring how these systems violate the human rights of intersex people. Through critical analysis and personal narratives, we will illuminate the lived realities of intersex folk at the intersection of society, gender, and medicine, while offering attendees the means to engage in direct action to protect intersex human rights.

Amanda Saenz, Youth Program Manager, InterACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth

A Panel Discussion with OUT LGBTQ Staff
National Education Association

One of the best role models for LGBTQ students is to have out LGBTQ Faculty. Come to this session and hear from a panel of Out LGBTQ Educators on their experiences of coming out and the challenges they have faced as educators. Hear how these educators have been able to overcome challenges and be able to become role models for their students.

Frank Burger, High School Teacher, Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools

Why NEA Cares About LGBTQ Students and Members
National Education Association

The National Education Association is the nation's largest labor union representing educational employees in public schools. NEA has a long stand history of standing up and supporting LGBTQ students and members. In this session, participants will learn about what NEA has to offer to support schools from training to other resources available to help LGBT Students and members.

Frank Burger, High School Teacher, Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools

Out Educators: A Must for in Creating Safe Schools for All Students
National Education Association

One of the best ways to make schools safe for LGBTQ Students is to make sure that there are role models in schools that students can rely on. The best role models for students are Out Educators. Come to this workshop and learn how to create a safe and supportive work environment for LGBTQ Educators.

Frank Burger, High School Teacher, Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools

The intersection of race, (trans)gender, sexuality and mental health: Creating a LGBTQ+ Safe Space Through an Experiential Learning Perspective
Dr. Ron Holt, DO, MPA, FAPA

Research has shown that LGB trans people of color are at higher risk for mental and physical health disparities due to many things, including discrimination, victimization, and bullying. Tailored towards teachers, counselors, mental health professionals and related health fields, this highly interactive experiential learning workshop will help participants create a safe environment for LGBTQ+ youth. Vignettes will be used to discuss issues such as suicidality, mental health confidentiality, LGBTQ+ terminology, the coming out process, and mental and physical health disparities found in LGBTQ+ youth and young adults. Resources from GLSEN's safe schools and HRC's Welcoming Schools will be discussed.

Dr. Ron Holt, DO, MPA, FAPA, Board-Certified Psychiatrist

Breaking the Silence - A Workshop for Supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex Agender, Asexual, and Questioning Youth
Carlsbad Unified School District

A student led panel discussion focused on practical ideas for classroom teachers, counselors, and administrators looking to support LGBTQIA middle and high school students. Handouts will be provided covering topics such as terminology, school climate surveys, LGBTQIA students and the law.

Kurt Dearie, High School Teacher -GSA Advisor, Carlsbad Unified School District

Developing Curriculum for Trans & QPOC Youth
Time Out Youth Center

Time Out Youth Center developed and implemented 10-week structured discussion groups to meet the growing demand of inclusive programming for transgender, non-binary, gender nonconforming youth and for queer youth of color. This workshop session will review the development, implementation and evaluation phases of the structured discussion groups ‘Tea-Time’ and ‘Melanin & MagiQ’ for trans and non-binary youth and youth of color respectively. Participants will leave with tools and resources to help further develop engaging programming for underserved youth identities.

Rebby Kern, Director of School Outreach, Time Out Youth Center

Protecting LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy
National Center for Lesbian Rights

Few practices endanger the mental health of LGBTQ youth more than conversion therapy. Yet there are still mental health providers who try to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of queer/trans youth, despite conversion therapy being denounced as ineffective and potentially harmful by every major medical and mental health association in the country. Join national experts on ending conversion therapy in a conversation about the fraudulent practices and the efforts being made to end them. And learn what child-serving professionals can do to help protect LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy.

Carolyn Reyes, Youth Policy Counsel, National Center for Lesbian Rights

The Hidden Minority: Helping closeted and/or invisible LGBTQ students in small or rural schools
Monson High School

LGBTQ students in small and rural schools face huge challenges in their identity and coming out process, if that is even possible during the high school years. In this session learn how counselors and other educators can become more informed about the challenges faced by these students and how to best provide information, support and encouragement. We will also discuss how to support a LGBTQ student living in a community which is not supportive or willing to publicly acknowledge these populations.

Robert Bardwell, School Counselor & Director of School Counseling, Monson High School

Helping Young People Change the World
National Center for Transgender Equality

From DREAMers to Parkland students, young people are changing the world and using their stories as a powerful tool for advocacy and social change. This interactive workshop will prepare educators and other adult allies to work with young people and elevate their stories. In particular, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of speaking publicly, the basics of sharing a personal story for advocacy, and tips for speaking with a potentially hostile audience. Workshop participants will be guided through a simple four-part template for sharing a personal story, with a focus on how to help young people call their audience to take action

Rebecca Kling, Education Program Director, National Center for Transgender Equality

Coming Out and Showing Up for LGBTQ Youth of Color
Human Rights Campaign

Across the country, too many LGBTQ youth of color continue face heightened challenges at the intersection of their ethnoracial and LGBTQ identities. Moreover, LGBTQ youth of color often lack access to targeted resources and support geared toward managing these challenges. During this workshop, we will hear from LGBTQ young people of color and address how family members and youth serving professionals can better support others like them. It will also cover several of the intersectional issues featured in HRC's recently released Coming Out resources for Asian Pacific Islander, Latinx and Black and African American LGBTQ Americans.

Mark Lee, Senior Writer, Public Education & Research, Human Rights Campaign

The Land of Confusion: Understanding the Law, Students’ Rights, and Best Practices for Supporting Trans Youth
National Center for Transgender Equality

This workshop will teach attendees about basic rights transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming youth have in schools, including the state of Title IX and other legal protections for trans students in this age of new and confusing lawsuits. On a practical level, we will discuss daily best practices schools can employ to support students who are exploring their gender identity, want to transition during the school year, or who have already transitioned. These include supporting students who are afraid to be out to their parents, updating student records and maintaining privacy, and responding to negative publicity or threatened litigation regarding supportive policies.

Debi Jackson, Family Organizer, National Center for Transgender Equality

Let’s Talk About It!: What sexual violence looks like and means to LGBTQH young people
National Sexual Violence Resource Center

This workshop will introduce how sexual violence and lived experiences of trauma is a reality for many LGBTQH young people; and approach the conversation using language that LGBTQH young people identify with and are using when they are talking about what sexual violence looks like and means to them. This workshop will also integrate strategic conversation around how to build and maintain community relationships with participants’ local rape crisis centers, and other community programs, to integrate healing services that will help to meet the needs of the most marginalized LGBTQH young people in our communities.

Taylor Teichman, Online Resource Specialist, National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Using Resource Mapping and Community Partnerships to Create Inclusive Communities for LGBTQ Youth
San Diego Unified School District

This workshop encourages the collective exploration of community assets as they apply to building a model of advocacy that best supports the needs of LGBTQIA+ youth. Through this interactive workshop participants will determine the possibilities of integrated/collaborative work from within the structures of a school district and the community at large. SDUSD's partnership with The San Diego LGBT Center's Youth Programs enables the Trans Youth Services Navigator to provide direct services to trans and nonbinary students, including, but not limited to discussion groups, binder access, medical and mental health referrals, and legal name change support and guidance. SDUSD's partnership with GLSEN allows for middle and high school GSAs to participate in the GLSEN School Climate Survey and use the data to inform school administration on the experiences of its LGBTQIA+ students. Participants will explore tools they can take back to use and apply in their own school/district and larger communities. Youth participants are encouraged to attend.

Sophia Arredondo, Program Manager, San Diego Unified School District; Becca Mui, M. Ed., Education Manager, GLSEN

True Colors Shining Bright: Providing Counseling and Supports to LGBTQ+ Youth
National Association of School Psychologists

LGBTQ+ youth are often classified as a homogeneous group, but the diversity among and within them is more distinct than many people realize. The need for school-based counseling supports is evident due to higher rates of unhappiness, drug use, dropping out of school, truancy, suicide, harassment, and family discord. There is a wealth of resources to support the need for inclusive educational practices (GLSEN, 2011), but little is available in terms of resources to use in a counseling format. This program is designed to empower school-based mental health staff to provide counseling support for students, fostering resiliency in at-risk students.

Amy Cannava, Chair, NASP LGBTQI2-S Committee

LGBTQ Youth Today: Findings From HRC's 2017 Youth Survey
Human Rights Campaign

This workshop will explore general results of HRC and UConn’s 2017 youth survey. This data explores and highlights the experiences of over 17,000 LGBTQ young people ages thirteen to seventeen about their lives and challenges at home, in school, and in their community. We will discuss the data itself, the implications of the findings, and will brainstorm meaningful applications and recommendations that arise from the study.

Liam Miranda, Senior Research Manager, Human Rights Campaign

LGBTQ Youth of Color: In-depth look at HRC and UConn’s 2017 Youth Survey Data
Human Rights Campaign

This workshop will explore cuts of data from HRC and UConn’s 2017 youth survey that show the experiences of youth of color. This workshop will focus specifically on the responses from Black or African American youth, Asian or Pacific Islander youth, and Latinx youth. Compounded discrimination as a result of multiple minority identities creates additional and pervasive challenges for youth of color -- join us for this workshop as we use our data to illustrate this impact, and as we highlight ways to support young queer people of color.

Liam Miranda, Senior Research Manager, Human Rights Campaign

Play To Win: Improving the Lives of LGBTQ Youth In Sports
Human Rights Campaign

Join LGBTQ athletes and advocates for a special look at the state of research, culture, and policy as it pertains to supporting young LGBTQ athletes. The exclusion of LGBTQ youth in sports through negative attitudes, problematic policies, and lack of education causes queer athletes to miss out on character-building lessons and benefits that athletics provides. Whether you’re a coach, a PE teacher, an athlete, or a fan -- this workshop will provide concrete recommendations that you can implement anywhere to make your athletic community more inclusive of all athletes.

Liam Miranda, Senior Research Manager, Human Rights Campaign

Pathways to Permanency: Dismantling Foster Care’s Pipelines
Los Angeles LGBT Center

Nationally, LGBTQ youth are disproportionately represented in child welfare systems, the juvenile justice system, mental health systems, and amongst youth experiencing homelessness/displacement. Utilizing evidence-informed strategies developed through our research project with the Willliam’s Institute, we will discuss and challenge the barriers and outcomes LGBTQ youth of color face in systems of care, with an emphasis on child welfare. Blending community organizing, grasstops advocacy, and social work disciplines, participants will gain knowledge and tools needed to disrupt the intricate pipelines of rejection and negative outcomes for LGBTQ youth in systems of care at their local level.

Ariel Bustamante, Training & Coaching Manager, Los Angeles LGBT Center

Affirmative Parenting Practices to Help Improve Health and Well-Being for Gender-Diverse Children and Youth
Gender Spectrum

The impact that caregivers have on the health and wellness of their gender diverse child cannot be over-emphasized. Data is clear that the single most important factor in a transgender or non-binary young person's well-being is the degree to which they perceive parental support. But what does such affirmation look like? This session will share principles of affirmative parenting and discuss strategies for employing them even as parents address their own questions, uncertainties and fears. With this information in place, participants will leave with a newfound knowledge and skills they can apply to support the gender diverse young people in their lives.

Lisa Kenney, Executive Director, Gender Spectrum

Faithful, Queer, and Not From Around Here
New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

What's a therapist to do when a client identifies as an ethnic minority, religious, and queer, and finds these identities to be in conflict? This workshop focuses on utilizing values and acceptance and commitment therapy to help LGBT youth navigating the complex terrain of integrating religious, cultural, and sexual identities. An activity designed for clinical use with individuals seeking to explore values related to cultural, sexual, and religious identities will be presented.

Angelica Terepka, Clinical Psychologist, New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Centering the Voices of QTPOC in Educator Professional Development: A Model for Authentic Collaboration
University of Minnesota Twin Cities

This workshop will describe a collaboration framework used by Transforming Families MN, the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, and a HRC's Welcoming Schools Facilitator in the Twin Cities. Participants will be given a step-by-step guide for partnering with local LGBTQ organizations to center community members' voices in K-6 educator trainings. Presenters will offer concrete examples that detail the planning, marketing and implementation of publicly offered school staff professional development.

David Edwards, Graduate Instructor/Facilitator, University of Minnesota Twin CIties

Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention for LGBTQ Youth With The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project

This interactive workshop will focus on crisis intervention and suicide prevention for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Youth serving professionals will learn hands on techniques for supporting LGBTQ young people. This workshop combines research, case studies, best practice recommendations, and practical steps for reducing the risk of suicide and promoting resiliency in all young people with an emphasis on education and support for Trans/GNC young people.

Chris Bright, Senior Training and Education Manager, The Trevor Project

Seen, Safe and Supported: Meeting the Needs of Transgender Students
Gender Spectrum

Increasingly, transgender and other gender-expansive students are seeking to attend and be seen at school in their authentic gender. In approaching their schools however, they often encounter hesitation and/or fear. This workshop will focus on utilizing Gender Support Plans to identify concrete strategies to account for these vulnerable students' specific needs and challenges. After walking through the components of the GSP, the session will focus on specific approaches for implementing them in various contexts. With educators, students and caregivers all on the same page, an area fraught with uncertainty can become one of efficacy and collaboration.

Joel Baum, Senior Director, Professional Development, Gender Spectrum

Moonlight: Providing Affirming HIV Prevention to Black & Latino Young Gay Men
Advocates for Youth

While there have been tremendous breakthroughs in both HIV prevention and treatment, young Black and Latino gay men continue to meet challenges when accessing supporting. This workshop will highlight an evaluated curriculum specifically designed for Black and Latino YMSM. Through interactive activities, participants will be provided an overview of the curriculum and how to implement the curriculum.

Louie Ortiz-Fonseca, Director, LGBTQ Health & Rights, Advocates for Youth

Changing the Discourse: Gender Inclusive Puberty and Reproductive Health Education (PRHE)
Gender Spectrum

This session will provide a framework and tools to recognize and affirm the gender diversity of all students in health and sex education, with a focus on puberty and reproductive health. Research and rationale will be presented for addressing questions related to inclusive language and gender-segregated instruction. Participants will learn key principles applicable to any puberty or reproductive health program. Accounting for the needs of all students, while also attending to specific challenges facing vulnerable transgender and non-binary students, the session will engage participants in an active discourse that builds their capacity to deliver truly inclusive health and puberty instruction.

Joel Baum, Senior Director, Professional Development, Gender Spectrum

A Social Justice Approach to Human Trafficking of LGBQ+ & Trans Youth
American Counseling Association

Two of the prominent social justice issues of our time are the oppression of sex/sexuality/affectionality/gender minorities and human trafficking. Yet overlooked is how these two issues converge. LGBQ+ and Trans youth are among the populations most victimized by human sex trafficking. This presentation will address why these individuals are at particular risk; methods and strategies for prevention; and opportunities for social justice which lower the risk of LGBQ+ and Trans youth being trafficked.

Jared Rose, President, Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Issues in Counseling

Mental Health Impacts of Bullying, Isolation, and Minority Stress
Human Right Campaign Youth Ambassador Program

In this workshop we will be discussing trauma and its effects on mental health in LGBTQ+ individuals. We will be looking at the relationship between bullying/other socially isolating factors with current issues that face the LGBTQ community that are not addressed by the mainstream push towards equality in marriage and work, such as HIV/AIDS, homelessness, and mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and suicide all of which are extremely prevalent in the LGBTQ population.

Jacob Kantor, Youth Ambassador, Human Rights Campaign

It’s Elementary! Professional Development, Lesson Plans and Resources for LGBTQ Inclusive Schools
HRC's Welcoming Schools

What do you say to “That’s So Gay?” How do you teach LGBTQ history to 8 year olds? How do you talk about the complexity of families so everyone feels welcomed at your school? In this workshop we will highlight the abundance of resources available to elementary educators from the Welcoming Schools Program such as professional development, resources with age-appropriate responses about gender and LGBTQ topics, and lesson plans that assist educators in creating inclusive school climates for all children and families.

Cheryl Greene, Deputy Director, Welcoming Schools, Human Rights Campaign

Creating Elementary Schools That Welcome All Genders Using the Welcoming Schools Approach
HRC's Welcoming Schools

We know that all children benefit from a school climate that addresses gender role stereotyping and disrupts bullying around gender identity and expression. This workshop will provide participants with a brief overview of lesson plans, books and resources as well as concrete strategies to create an environment where all students thrive.

Cheryl Greene, Deputy Director, Welcoming Schools, Human Rights Campaign

The Teachable Moment: Skillfully Responding to Questions from Elementary Students about LGBTQ, Gender, and Family topics
HRC's Welcoming Schools

Can girls marry each other? Why don’t the people in Javi’s family match? Why is Phillip wearing a “girls shirt”? Welcoming Schools knows how challenging it can be to effectively respond to questions and comments from young students. As such, we have developed and will share resources with participants that offer examples of age-appropriate responses to common questions about LGBTQ, gender, and family topics. We will work together in this session to review and practice responses, so that you will feel prepared to address teachable moments throughout the school year.

Johanna Eager, Director Welcoming Schools, Human Rights Campaign

Gender Inclusion for Trans Youth of Color (Film Screening with Q&A)
Youth & Gender Media Project

We will screen the documentary Becoming Johanna, about a trans Latina who graduates and thrives with the help of an LA USD school and principal and a foster family who loves her. Following the screening, the filmmaker, Johanna and her former school principal Deb Smith will discuss effective trans-inclusive practices and policies to make schools more welcoming.

Jonathan Skurnik, Filmmaker and Educator, Youth & Gender Media Project

Youth, Faith, Spirituality and Social Justice from a Southern Perspective
Human Rights Campaign

LGBTQ people of faith in the Southern USA are resilient and courageous. This workshop will focus on the experiences of a young queer person growing up in the South as a spiritual person. The workshop will utilize resources from many different faith traditions as we have a dialogue around faith, spirituality and social justice in hopes to uplift and empower the world around us

Lisbeth Melendez Rivera, Director of Faith Outreach & Training, Human Rights Campaign

Challenge Accepted: True Colors Community Challenge
True Colors Fund

This year, in honor of Pride month, communities around the country challenged themselves to train almost 3,000 people on LGBTQ youth homelessness throughout the month of June! Join this session to hear about the successes- and hiccups- of the first ever True Colors Pride Challenge, and learn how your community can participate in upcoming Community Challenges.

Coco Wheeler, Program Officer, True Colors Fund

Exploring your natural high, what do substances have to do with me?
Los Angeles LGBT Center

This workshop explores the culture of alcohol and drugs associated with the LGBTQ community. Whether you have experimented with substances, heard or seen your peers, family, or other people in your life drinking and using drugs, it is a common question to ask: Why is this a part of our community when there are many other parts of life? This workshop will offer an open conversation about substances, development, and explore alternatives to drinking and using substances.

Mike Freeman, CAN Program Supervisor, Los Angeles LGBT Center

Innovative Outreach to Engage Transwomen and GNC Persons

The presentation will examine new strategies in culturally competent appropriate prevention and education for the transgender and gender non-conforming communities. It will introduce innovative outreach strategies to transgender sex workers and individuals who experience homelessness via The Midnight Stroll, and learn new approaches to reaching these vulnerable populations. Workshop attendees will learn how to engage their local representatives, build a strong foundation in building ally-ship with community based organizations, and bring services directly to these communities at a real "meeting them where they are at" approach.

Jazzmun Crayton, Health and Policy Coordinator, APAIT/SSG

Trans and Non-Binary Youth Panel - Beyond the Classroom
TransFamily Support Services

Transgender and non-binary youth deal with so much more than being denied bathroom access. Join us as a diverse group of trans and non-binary youth share their own experiences and hope for the future. Beyond statistics, what is it truly like to live in the shoes of a transgender or non-binary teen? Come learn directly from this diverse panel of youth and become a stronger advocate for change.

Kathie Moehlig, Executive Director, TransFamily Support Services

Inviting Families as Fierce Advocates For LGBTQ+ Students
Saint Paul Public Schools

The families of all LGBTQ+ students have a tremendous capacity to show-up as fierce advocates in public school settings. Their support for student groups, inclusive curriculum, and supportive policies could change the trajectory of LGBTQ+ affirming initiatives in public schools. Join in this workshop to learn and share strategies to engage and empower your LGBTQ+ students’ allies at home. LGBTQ+ family leadership from a multi-racial, multi-cultural large urban school district will be shared.

Clark Hoelscher, Program Specialist, Saint Paul Public Schools

Pansexual, Fluid, Queer? Getting Bi+ Youth
Saint Paul Public Schools

From David Bowie to Janelle Monáe, "bisexual lighting" is turned up! In this session, we’ll smash the myth of bi+ privilege, interrupt biphobia, and put our pansexual people in the spotlight as we rocket beyond false binaries of sexual orientation. You’ll leave ready to support those attracted to more than one gender in your GSA (Gender and Sexuality Alliance). We’ll highlight resources like HRC’s Supporting and Caring for our Bisexual Youth and a guide for making student groups bi+ affirming.

Clark Hoelscher, Program Specialist, Saint Paul Public Schools

Advancing LGBTQ Inclusion and Equity Strategies
YMCA of the USA

This workshop, co-led by YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) and the Biden Foundation, will focus on cross-sector collaboration and organizational capacity building to develop the strategies to advance LGBTQ inclusion and equity and address the critical social issues impacting the LGBTQ community. The session includes key learnings and best practices from the first cohort of the LGBTQ Inclusion and Equity initiative (which was developed as a partnership between Y-USA and the Biden Foundation).

Jamie Umanzor, Manager, LGBTQ Inclusion & Equity, YMCA of the USA

YOUTH WORKSHOP: Youth Empowered to Act: Building a queer youth-led movement in Orange County
The LGBT Center Orange County

Youth Empowered to Act (Y.E.T.A.) is a coalition of LGBTQ and allied young leaders working to create safer, supportive and intersectional* spaces to engage in advocacy and social justice. Youth will talk about youth leadership and working together to make schools safe, supportive, and nondiscriminatory environments where ALL youth can learn, dream and achieve. Youth will discuss youth-led Safe Zone campaigns, GSA partnerships, conducting Know Your Rights presentations to educate their peers, teachers, administrators, parents and community members about LGBT student rights and school laws, and organizing school and community events.

Tony Ortuno, Youth Program Coordinator, The LGBT Center Orange County

Creating Supportive and Inclusive Environments for LGBTQ Students and Educators
National Association of Secondary School Principals

The workshop session will feature school leaders who will share how they have created a safe and welcoming school climate for LGBTQ students, teachers, and other school staff. They will also share their strategies for engaging LGBTQ students and ensuring they have a voice in their school. Attendees will also have an opportunity to share how they are working with LGBTQ students and staff to lead learning and build culture in their own schools.

Beverly Hutton, NASSP Deputy Executive Director, Programs & Services, National Association of Secondary School Principals

Supporting the Health of Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth in Schools, Health Services, and Communities--Findings from CDC DASH
CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health

Transgender and gender diverse youth face barriers to health and wellbeing in their schools, health systems, and communities. This workshop provides an overview of the CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health’s work with transgender and gender diverse youth and protective factors. We will share results from a systematic review examining the scientific literature on individual, relationship, and community protective factors known to benefit the health and wellbeing of this population, and share the results of 33 qualitative interviews with transgender and gender diverse youth living in Atlanta detailing which protective factors best enable them to feel happy, healthy, and strong.

Michelle Johns, Health Scientist, CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health

Listening to Latinx Codes
Human Rights Campaign

Latinxs are led by two guiding principles: Family and Faith. Even public school settings faith plays a large role in how students are supported or abandoned when the conversation turns to sexuality, gender identity or sexual orientation. This workshop will help teachers, counselors and support staff identifies resources, language, and opportunities by which to support students and their families to achieve reconciliation and success for this historically underrepresented population. This workshop will be especially useful for education professionals within large Latin@ districts, growing Latino districts, and private educational settings where educational staff is likely to be the supportive staff students look for.

Lisbeth Melendez Rivera, Director of Faith Outreach & Training, Human Rights Campaign

Working with Transgender & GNC Youth: Considerations for Medical Intervention
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

The number of Transgender and Gender diverse youth presenting to health and mental health care providers is increasing. In 2017, it was estimated that 0.7% of youth ages 13 to 17 identified as transgender, however, most agencies do not address the needs of these youth and young adults. Most providers are aware of the high prevalence of suicidality, self-harm, but can be unsure of how to provide useful interventions. This lecture will address the needs of this population and ways in which a multi-disciplinary approach provides best outcomes. This presentation will also go over the different medical and social ways in which individuals can transition and provide an overview of considerations when working with youth and young adults.

Jamie Julian, Psychotherapist, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Swat ‘em like a fly: Engaging your community and advocating at the local level.
The LGBT Center OC

The State of California has some of the most comprehensive legislation supporting LGBTQ youth in the nation. Unfortunately, this legislation often lacks mandates or teeth that compel thorough implementation. In particular, in districts with conservative reputations, these laws are often ignored or actively oppressed. One example is the California Healthy Youth Act, which, signed in 2016, is supposed to ensure comprehensive sexual health education in California’s Public Schools. This workshop will explore how parents, students and the community can work together to make sure school districts are following the law through grassroots organizing, leadership development and civic engagement.

Laura Kanter, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Youth Programs, The LGBT Center of OC

FILM SCREENING: Room to Grow Film Screening + Q&A

This will be a film screening and not a workshop. The documentary Room to Grow will screen followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

Matt Alber, Director/Producer, Revry

Creating an LGBTQ-inclusive School Climate
Southern Poverty Law Center

In this interactive workshop, Teaching Tolerance, will utilize its new “Best Practices Guide for Creating An LGBTQ-Inclusive School Climate” to help participants identify simple steps to create real change. Through the four key areas of policy checkup, classroom culture, instruction, and family and community engagement participants will gain new tools and strategies for not only protecting LGBTQ students but supporting them and bringing their perspectives into the classroom. Free resources provided.

Hoyt Phillips, Manager, Teaching & Learning, Teaching Tolerance, Southern Poverty Law Center

When a Loved One Comes Out
PFLAG National

Join PFLAG National to learn more about how allies and advocates can support LGBTQ+ youth as they come out, invite others in, and/or disclose their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This session will help participants clearly communicate the power and impact of supportive families, schools, and communities for LGBTQ+ youth. Coming out stories shared with PFLAG National will help to illustrate how living authentically can have positive, long-term impacts on LGBTQ youth. Advocates will also learn about what they can do to celebrate LGBTQ+ youth and how to prepare others to react in a way that demonstrates support and understanding.

Jamie Henkel, Learning & Inclusion Manager, PFLAG National

Crisis Support with Trans Youth
Trans Lifeline

This workshop will focus on the findings of our trans mental health survey and general information about needs of trans youth based on Trans Lifeline’s experiences and findings. Come discuss the suicide epidemic of trans youth, including both risk and protective factors. Sources will include the results of the Trans Mental Health Survey, conducted with the National LGBTQ Task Force, call data from the Trans Lifeline crisis hotline, and overviews of the existing research in the field.

Sam Ames, Interim Executive Director, Trans Lifeline

Practicing Inclusion: Bringing LGBTQ History & Culture to the Classroom
ONE Archives Foundation

Explore best practices for including LGBTQ history and culture into your classroom! Acquire skills, activity ideas, and access to online LGBTQ-inclusive lesson plans and primary sources on digital archival platforms. Additionally, you will formulate guiding questions for discussions around LGBTQ history and identities that are not available in textbooks. The attendees will also be provided with LGBTQ history lesson plans created by history and social science educators.

Erik Adamian, Education & Outreach Manager, ONE Archives Foundation

LGBTQ Youth of Color in the Juvenile Justice System
National Center for Lesbian Rights

The presenters will summarize the research documenting the significant overrepresentation of LGBTQ youth of color in the juvenile justice system, and the structural inequities contributing to these disparities. Participants will learn about strategies to increase support and acceptance of these youth in their families, schools, and communities, to promote their health and well-being and interrupt the pipelines into the justice system.

Shannan Wilber, Youth Policy Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights

The Basics to Bootcamp: Understanding Today's Prospective LGBTQ Military Recruits
The American Military Partner Association

Over the years as many policies have been implemented to be inclusive for all servicemembers, especially those in the LGBTQ community, a single tweet derailed some as well. This workshop will focus on the current landscape and climate for LGBTQ youth who are interested to serve in the U.S. Military. Questions such as if it is a safe and inclusive environment that promotes today's modern military servicemembers will be discussed and many lingering questions will be answered.

Jennifer Dane, Diversity and Inclusion Policy Analyst, The American Military Partner Association

New Policy & Practice Assessment Tool for Organizations Serving LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care
Human Rights Campaign

LGBTQ youth are over-represented in foster care and far too many of them enter systems that are failing to meet their needs. This workshop will cover the key policy and practice areas that organizations should focus on when working to improve the experiences and outcomes of LGBTQ youth and preview an organizational self-assessment tool to guide these efforts.

Alison Delpercio, Director, All Children - All Families, Human Rights Campaign

Intersectionality: Teaching at the Intersections
Human Rights Campaign

It is essential for educators to recognize all of their students' identities--both privileged and marginalized--to create school systems and school climates that are equitable and create a sense of belonging so all students can thrive. In this workshop, participants will learn what intersectionality is and how to use it as a framework to serve all students, in particular, by recognizing students identities at the intersections--such as race, ethnicity, gender, ability, faith, sexual orientation, and family structure. Participants will leave the workshop with practices that are affirming and welcoming for students' whole selves, so they can successfully ease into learning each day.

Johanna Eager, Director Welcoming Schools, Human Rights Campaign

A Parent’s Love in Action: A Discussion with Parents of Transgender Children
Human Rights Campaign

In 2016, HRC launched the Parents for Transgender Equality Council, a fierce and fiery group of parents from across the country who have taken their stories to the public square in an effort to achieve transgender equality and justice. From school board meetings, to pediatric conferences, to the halls of their state capitols,these parents are changing hearts and minds—and policy—by introducing their children to the world. Members of the Parents Council will share their stories, answer questions and inspire others during this informal, interactive discussion.

Ellen Kahn, Director, Children Youth and Families Program, Human Rights Campaign Foundation

LGBTQ+ Youth and Section 504 Plans: The Fine Line Between “Allowing” and “Accommodating”

There are a disproportionate number of students who are LGBTQ+ and receive accommodations through a Section 504 plan or special education services through an IEP. Why is this the case?  Across the  country, students are being identified as ‘disabled’ or ‘impaired’ by well-meaning school staff and other advocates to ensure equal access, but when is such appropriate and when is such necessary?  This session will empower educators to serve as advocates for their LGBTQ+ students in a culturally competent way.  Research consistently shows that one supportive person in an LGBTQ+ student’s life can be life-changing and, at times, life-saving. Will you be that one?

Amy Cannava, Chair, NASP LGBTQI2-S Committee 

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