2020 Workshops

True Colors Shining Bright: Providing Counseling and Supports for 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, 2018), 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 youth.

Amy Cannava, ED.S., School Psychologist & Chair of NASP’s LGBTQI2-S Committee; Ren Strakovsky, LGBTQ Youth Presenter

Faith, Hope & Love: Building Safer & More Welcoming Faith Communities for LGBTQ+ Youth
New Jersey Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Since 2016, the Lutheran Church (ELCA) in New Jersey has been working to equip churches and faith leaders to move from quiet acceptance to a loud, bold, and joyful celebration of LGBTQ+ identities through an event called Faith, Hope & Love. With participants ages 7 to 70, the event centers LGBTQ+ voices, lifts up personal stories rooted in faith and identity, and provides workshops and resources from local LGBTQ+ partner organizations. In this workshop, we will share the joys and struggles of this work along with an event model participants can take with them to their own communities and organizations.

Jamie Bruesehoff, M.A., Advocate for LGBTQ+ Youth, New Jersey Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Rebekah Bruesehoff, Transgender Youth Activist; Rev. Lee Zandstra, Pastor, New Jersey Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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; Al Johnson, Community Engagement Coordinator, TransFamily Support Services; Sam Moehlig, HRC Youth Ambassador and TransFamily Support Services Youth

The Hidden Minority: Helping Closeted and/or Invisible LGBTQ Students in Small or Rural Schools
Monson Public Schools, Fort Plain Junior-Senior High School, Clemson University

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, Director of School Counseling, Monson High School and Board Director, National Association of College Admission Counseling; Rachel Toepfer, Student & President of Diversity Club, Monson High School; Kayla Mahoney, School Counselor, Fort Plain Junior-Senior High School; Amanda Dreisbach Rumsey, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, Department of Education and Human Development, College of Education, Clemson University

Saving Young Lives by Protecting LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy
The Trevor Project, Human Rights Campaign, National Center for Lesbian Rights

Research has proven that so-called “conversion therapy” significantly endangers the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ youth. Despite these risks, conversion therapy is still practiced by licensed mental health professionals across the country. Learn about the movement to protect LGBTQ youth from the harms of conversion therapy as well as the ways in which youth-serving professionals can help lead the charge for anti-conversion therapy protections in their workplaces and citiese. This session will present an overview of anti-conversion therapy laws and policies, the coalitions working to enact protections, and the best practices for anti-conversion therapy policies in child welfare and youth-serving organizations.

Sam Brinton, Head of Advocacy and Government Affairs, The Trevor Project; Shannon Minter, Esq., Legal Director, Born Perfect: The Campaign to End Conversion Therapy, National Center for Lesbian Rights; Alex Cooper, Former HRC Youth Ambassador; Xavier Persad, Senior Legislative Counsel, Human Rights Campaign

Pipeline to Paradigm: Navigating LGBTQ Students of Color through HigherEd Apps, Decisions and Campus Engagement?
Human Rights Campaign

Students THRIVE when they see themselves reflected, supported, and protected in their learning environments. LGBTQ students experience a host of challenges navigating higher education, particularly LGBTQ students of color who hold multiple marginalized identities and experience heightened adversity. Supportive parents, school administrators, teachers, counselors and other professionals play an essential role in the lives of LGBTQ youth of color. This workshop will examine inequitable experiences of LGBTQ college students of color, explore tangible methods for supporting LGBTQ students throughout the application and decision making process, and provide resources and tools to assist students in making the best college decision possible.

Rishard M. Butts, HBCU Program Manager, Human Rights Campaign; August K. Clayton, Student & Intern, Human Rights Campaign

NOVA Pride Prom: The Prom Heard Around the World
NOVA Pride

NOVA Pride Prom began three years ago with one student's dream: creating a queer prom which was open to students from across the metro area that rivaled high school proms. The dream became a reality that surpassed expectations and garnered national attention. To date, over 300 youth from across 5 states attend the annual event. The dance is unique in that it is celebratory, educational, and supportive. In addition to a traditional dance, crisis counselors are on hand and regional affirming organizations compete for table space. Share our dream. Bring Pride Prom to your town and better lives like we have.

Amy Cannava, Ed.S., Director, Youth Outreach & Chair of NASP’s LGBTQI2-S Committee; Jhamy Carey, Student Leader, Pride Prom; Jack Newman, Student Ambassador, NOVA Pride

Preventing Risk & Promoting Well-Being: Using the Family Acceptance Project’s Public Education Posters to Make Every Space an Education Zone
Family Acceptance-San Francisco University

Like the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs), the Family Acceptance Project’s research has revolutionized services to help diverse families learn to support their LGBTQ children. FAP’s groundbreaking research identified more than 100 family rejecting and accepting behaviors that families use to respond to their LGBTQ children and shows how these behaviors contribute to risks like suicide and promote wellness. FAP’s new evidence-based posters are designed to be used in all public spaces and settings where children and youth are served. Join us to learn how to use these posters in schools, agencies, homes and congregations and take copies back to your communities.

Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW, Director, Family Acceptance-San Francisco University

Working with Families to Prevent Suicide & Other Serious Risks and Promote Well-Being for LGBTQ - Gender Diversity Youth
Family Acceptance Project

Ever worry about bringing up a LGBTQ+ issue to an administrator? Have no fear-- in this funny and informative session find out how conversations, questions, and concerns can be addressed with your admin. Sometimes finding admin support can be difficult. Come find out how it feels from the other side of the desk in the principal's office. From dealing with parental issues, staff coming out, handling student questions, and even promoting LGBTQ+ friendly literature with elementary kids, this session will help provide you with some tools and ways to communicate with your administrator.

Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW, Director, Family Acceptance-San Francisco University

Standing by Our Siblings
Human Rights Campaign

Siblings of transgender and gender-diverse youth often find themselves in a unique and sometimes very challenging role in the family. Though they are often the earliest and strongest of allies, they can also find themselves in the shadows. Embracing advocacy and balancing their own individual identities can be extremely trying and lonely at times. Family structures themselves are often very diverse and involve navigating multiple relationships and marginalized identities.

Ellen Kahn, Director, Children Youth and Families Program, Human Rights Campaign Foundation; Jacq Tchoryk, Student; Peter and Sarah Tchoryk, Parents

A Suburban School District’s Journey to Creating Inclusive Schools
Puyallup School District

This workshop will highlight one suburban school district’s journey of creating an inclusive environment that values: • hearing from students, parents, and guardians; • hiring staff that reflects student demographics; • providing professional learning that focuses on equity and social justice; and • creating safe spaces for staff and students, “Safe Zones”. Attendees of this workshop will walk away with specific strategies and resources that address implicit and explicit bias, support marginalized groups of students/staff/families, and foster equity and social justice accountability of stakeholders.

Vincent Pecchia, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Leadership, Puyallup School District; Amanda Kraft, Director of Instructional Leadership, Professional Development, Puyallup School District

Strategies to Build Your Organization’s LGBTQ Training Capacity
Human Rights Campaign

In order to translate into better outcomes for LGBTQ youth, an organization’s LGBTQ staff training efforts must be ongoing and embedded in all content areas. Many organizations struggle to identify internal resources for providing this training, instead looking to external trainers for the expertise necessary. HRC’s All Children—All Families project's Training of Facilitators program builds the internal LGBTQ training capacity of agencies. This workshop will detail the training process, providing lessons learned and tips for organizations seeking innovative and sustainable solutions for their staff training needs.

Alison Delpercio, MSW, Director, All Children - All Families, Human Rights Campaign Foundation; Dr. Amena Johnson, AFFIRM Supervisor, Prince George’s County Department of Social Services; Harry Morgan, AFFIRM Family Specialist, Prince George’s County Department of Social Services

LGBTQ+ Youth and Section 504 Plans: The Fine Line Between “Allowing” and “Accommodating”
National Association of School Psychologists

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 shows that one supportive person in an LGBTQ+ student’s life can be life-changing and even life-saving. Will you be that one?

Amy Cannava, Ed.S., School Psychologist & Chair of NASP’s LGBTQI2-S Committee; Rowan Smith, LGBTQ Youth Advocate

Drawing Connections: Exploring the Intersections of Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation (NEA LGBTQ Module 4)
National Education Association

This interactive workshop explores the intersections of marginalized race, gender and sexual orientation and the impact of those intersections on classroom practice. Participants will explore the key terms: Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation and will look at how those terms are defined and used in society. We will explore how we are socialized to categorize people using these distinct terms and how that impacts our interactions with students. Strategies will be introduced to make the classroom and school more inclusive for students with marginalized identities.

Toni Smith, LGBTQ Cadre Trainer, National Education Association; Bonnie Augusta, LGBTQ Cadre Trainer, National Education Association

National Strategies for Advancing LGBTQ Inclusion & Equity in Community Organization
YMCA of the USA

Join us for a workshop featuring YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) and local Ys from across the nation, as we discuss organizational collaboration and capacity building to develop strategies for advancing LGBTQ+ inclusion and equity, addressing critical social issues impacting LGBTQ+ communities, and learning from experiences as local Ys implemented strategies across diverse communities. The session includes key learnings and best practices from the first cohort of the Y-USA LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Equity Initiative and their first two years participating in the initiative, which includes the development of community-based GSAs, LGBTQ+ inter-generational dinner dances, and changes to policies, practices, and procedures.

Chad Nico Hiu, Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion, YMCA of the USA; Jamie Umanzor, Manager, LGBTQ Inclusion & Equity, YMCA of the USA; Zeaira “Z” Chestang, Youth Volunteer Corps Coordinator and Expanding Horizons Summer Program Director, YMCA of Ann Arbor

It's Elementary! K- 6 Resources and Lesson Plans for LGBTQ Inclusive Schools
Human Rights Campaign

What do you say to “That’s so gay”? 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, HRC Foundation Welcoming Schools

Why NEA Cares About LGBTQ+ Students and Members
Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools, Santa Unified School District

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; Scott Miller, Elementary School Teacher, Santa Unified School District

Out Educators: A Must in Creating Safe Schools
Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools, Santa Unified School District

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; Scott Miller, Elementary School Teacher, Santa Unified School District

A Panel Discussion with OUT LGBTQ Staff
Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools, Santa Unified School Districts

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; Scott Miller, Elementary School Teacher, Santa Unified School District

Because Splinching Kills: the Importance of Integration of LGBTQ+ and Religious Identities
Phillips Exeter Academy

Each of us can only thrive when we are fully seen and known in each of our identities. Religious and spiritual identity plays a key role in supporting the health and well being of our students, and in understanding their cultural context. It is also often the first to be abandoned or unseen in a school setting. Coming out as LGBTQ+ and Religious can be a challenging process. Learn about how to best support our youth in the full, wholistic, and healthy integration of these identities.

Rev. Heidi Carrington Heath, Chaplain and Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, Philips Exeter Academy

I See Me: Stories That Uplift, Empower, and Connect LGBTQ+ Youth
It Gets Better Project

Positive LGBTQ+ 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. 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; Ariella Assouline, Operations Coordinator, It Gets Better Project

Safe & Supportive Environments: The Case for Establishing a School-Based LGBTQ Liaison Program
District of Columbia Public Schools

Using the District of Columbia Public Schools' LGBTQ Liaison Program as a case study, we will explore the benefits of establishing a school-based liaison program while providing a road map for developing (or enhancing) programming of this vein. Additionally, we will discuss the effectiveness of liaison programs as shown in external and internal research. Attendees will receive an action planning sheet to guide their own liaison program development, as well as an experience-based mitigation strategy resource and the position descriptions used to recruit DCPS LGBTQ Liaisons.

Tara Cheston, LGBTQ & Sexual Health Program, District of Columbia Public Schools; Wesley Thomas, Manager, LGBTQ & Sexual Health Program, District of Columbia Public Schools; Sulianie Mertus, Evaluation Analyst, LGBTQ & Sexual Health Program, District of Columbia Public Schools

The Empathy Project: the Social Justice Book Club
Jordan School District

It’s time to get your EMPATHY on with The Empathy Project! Come learn how to promote literacy, tolerance, and empathy with a book club that helps students discuss and explore the following topics: LGBTQ identity, racial discrimination, gender discrimination, different abilities, socioeconomic status/poverty/homelessness, and mental health. Learn about great books, how to address controversial topics with students in our current climate, and how to foster a student-led, and student-driven, empathy movement at your school.

Tara Pearce, Secondary English Teacher, Jordan School District; Dixie Garrison M. Ed., Principal, Jordan School District

Inclusive Curriculum: Incorporating LGBTQ Topics into the Classroom

This workshop overviews GLSEN research on the benefits of LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum and provides participants with resources and LGBTQ-inclusive lessons and materials that can be integrated into existing curriculum.

Sophia Arredondo, Director of Education & Youth Programs, GLSEN; a.t. Furaya, Youth Programs Manager, GLSEN

When Someone Comes Out: Demonstrating Support and Acceptance
PFLAG National

The term “coming out” has become so mainstream that many people assume that it is simple. In this session, participants will learn about what it means to come out, some of the ways that living authentically positively affects the lives of people who are LGBTQ+, and the power and impact of supportive families, schools, workplaces, and communities. Finally PFLAG will share recommendations for individuals working with youth who are planning to come out, as well as for allies who want to do all that they can to celebrate and support youth that have recently come out as LGBTQ+.

Jamie Curtis, Director of Chapter Engagement, PFLAG National

Suicide Prevention Policies in Schools – Equipping School District Staff to Prevent Crises and Save LGBTQ Lives
The Trevor Project

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among American youth, and LGBTQ youth are more than four times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers. Despite these tragic statistics, The Trevor Project has found that fewer than half of the thousands of school districts whose policies they have evaluated require teacher training or student education regarding suicide. By analyzing school suicide prevention policies from across the country, The Trevor Project has identified and will share important trends and best practices for educational settings that, properly acted on by policymakers, have the potential to save young LGBTQ lives.

Keygan Miller, Advocacy Associate, The Trevor Project; Jack Newman, Student at Virginia Commonwealth University

The Brashear Story & the Power of Student Voice
Pittsburgh Public Schools

Brashear High School, one of Pittsburgh's largest and most diverse high schools, has seen a radical change in culture over the past decade. The shift in culture is widely attributed to the school's Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA), a group of students who decided that widespread harassment, bullying and slurs in our school were no longer acceptable. Through activism and advocacy, Brashear's GSA developed its own policy for trans students and succeeded in pushing this policy out district-wide. If this kind of work can be done at a school like Brashear, it can be done anywhere.

Devin Browne, Teacher of French &  Russian, Pittsburgh Public Schools

Grassroots Works: How Two Educators Created Better Spaces for LGBTQ Students, Families, and Educators
Salt Lake City School District

This workshop is designed to share the experience of two educators that started a small group in 2016 to create more inclusive practices and spaces for LGBTQ+ youth and educators in public education in a conservative state. In this session, participants will learn about the important relationships fostered, the barriers faced along the way, and the result of more inclusive policies that came about as a result of this work. With limited training for educators around LGBTQ inclusive practices, this training can support educators who might be interested in providing professional learning to other educators in their local community.

Kody Colvin, Elementary Assistant Principal, Salt Lake City School District; Savannah Skyer, HRC Youth Ambassador

An Overview of Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth and Substance Use Prevention
The Center for Relationship and Sexual Health (CRSH)

This workshop will provide a broad overview on how to better understand the various issues and disparities affecting LGBTQ+ youth and the current opioid crisis. Attendees will gain a perspective overview of the current crisis, while learning how to make a positive difference within their own systems (family, friends, school, community etc). Attendees will gain a better understanding of why using inclusive terminology is important when addressing substance use and LGBTQ+ youth, better understanding of cultural humility and (white) privilege when addressing substance misuse in the LGBTQ+ community, and better perspective on childhood trauma and growing up LGBTQ+ thru the ACE questionnaire.

Mark McMillan, LMSW, CAADC, Behavioral Health and Addiction Therapist; The Center for Relationship and Sexual Health

The Experiences of Bi+ Youth and How You Can Better Serve Them
Human Rights Campaign

In 2017, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation partnered with researchers at the University of Connecticut to conduct a groundbreaking survey of more than 17,000 LGBTQ youth and capture their experiences in their families, schools, social circles and communities. This workshop focuses on the experiences of the nearly 9,000 Bisexual, Queer, Pan, and Fluid youth and what we can do to support them.

Charlie Whittington, MPP, Research Manager, Human Rights Campaign; Katalina Hadfield, Content Manager Co-Presenter, Human Rights Campaign; Brianna “Ace” Auker, HRC Youth Ambassador

Youth HEALers Stand Up! Presents: Strategies in Access to Housing
Einstein Healthcare Network

This will be an interactive workshop designed with LGBTQ+ youth who are currently or who in the past have had lived experiences with housing insecurities. We will discuss barriers faced by LGBTQ+ youth when trying to access housing, needs for LGBTQ+ youth and best practices in supporting LGBTQ+ youth in housing.

Darius McLean, Program Manager, Einstein Healthcare Network; Ian Clifton, Youth Advocate; Trentyn Sanders, Youth Advocate; Jesse Keel, Youth Advocate

Creating Gender Inclusive and Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Students in Elementary Schools Using the Welcoming Schools
Human Rights Campaign

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. In this session, you will have an interactive, first-hand experience with two of Welcoming Schools’ most popular professional development modules—Creating Gender-Inclusive Schools and Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Students—which include strategies, videos and resources to better support all your students!

Cheryl Greene, Deputy Director, HRC Foundation Welcoming Schools

LGBTQ+ Inclusion from a Faith-Based Lens
YMCA of the USA

Join us for a workshop featuring YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) and local Ys working directly in our communities, as we discuss strategies for advancing LGBTQ+ inclusion and equity from a faith-based lens. Learn what LGBTQ+ youth and young adults need from community organizations like the Y. Hear from Ys as they share their experiences as part of an organization with a Christian heritage and serving people from all walks of life and all faiths. The session includes key learnings and best practices developing from the Y-USA LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Equity Initiative, which launched in May 2018.

Jamie Umanzor, Manager, LGBTQ Inclusion & Equity, YMCA of the USA; Chad Nico Hiu, Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion, YMCA of the USA; Phi-Long Le, Youth Development Site Director YMCA of Greater San Antonio

The Basics of Bootcamp: Understanding Today's Prospective LGBTQ+ Military Recruits
Modern Military Association of America

Over the years as many policies have been implemented to be inclusive for all service members, 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 service members will be discussed and many lingering questions will be answered.

Jennifer Dane, M.A., Director of Education and Programs, Modern Military Association of America

The Teachable Moment: Age-Appropriate Responses to Elementary Student Questions and Comments about Gender, Family, and LGBTQ Topics
Human Rights Campaign

Can girls marry each other? Why don’t the people in Javi’s family match? Why is Phillip wearing a “girl’s 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, M.Ed., Welcoming Schools Director, Human Rights Campaign Foundation

“So You Have An Audience... Now What? Preparing to Train Others on LGBTQ Topics”
Human Rights Campaign

As professionals committed to LGBTQ-inclusion, the time often comes where we are asked to lead a workshop or dialogue on LGBTQ topics for our colleagues or community partners. This workshop covers tips for getting the most out of these opportunities to educate others. From asking the right questions of leadership beforehand, to creating a space for adult learners to explore challenging topics and confront their own biases, and the follow-up strategies that encourage real organizational change, participants will walk away more confident in their ability to say, "Yes!" to the next request. Special focus will be given to the concept of cultural humility and considerations for what it means to be doing this work as an LGBTQ-identified person vs. someone who is not LGBTQ but cares deeply about the community.

Alison Delpercio, MSW, Director, All Children - All Families, Human Rights Campaign Foundation; Cheryl Greene, Deputy Director, HRC Foundation Welcoming Schools

Advocates For Youth

While there have been tremendous breakthroughs in HIV prevention and treatment, young Black & Latino gay men continue to meet challenges when accessing support. This workshop highlights an evaluated curriculum specifically designed for Black and Latino YMSM. Through interactive activities, participants will be provided an overview of the Get Your Life. A multi-session, group level HIV/STI prevention curriculum, GYL addresses cultural norms, sexual relationship dynamics, influences of racism and homophobia and HIV/STI risk. Participants with be provided an overview of the curriculum and applicable ways to implement the sections in the classroom or school setting.

Louie Ortiz-Fonseca, Director, LGBTQ Health & Rights, Advocates for Youth; Armonté Butler, Senior Manager, LGBTQ Health & Rights, Advocates for Youth

LGBTQ+ Youth: Dating, Intimacy, and Sexual Health
The George Washington University, Affordable Care Act

Session participants will examine how they can better conceptualize, promote, and advocate for the health and awareness of queer youth when it comes to dating, intimacy, and sexual health across multiple professional contexts. By discussing current trends in the literature and its implications for stakeholders working with queer youth, participants will co-construct action steps to promote the need for dynamic, inclusive, and equitable understanding of queer dating, intimacy, and sexuality. This presentation will conclude with an interactive discussion. This session’s target audience includes professional counselors, sexual health educators, mental health professionals, and medical professionals.

Harvey Peters, PhD., Assistant Professor, The George Washington University

Unpacking Adultism

This workshop is designed for youth workers, teachers, and other youth-serving professionals who are committed to learning about and dismantling systems of oppression. Through a series of participant-driven discussions and activities, attendees will leave with an understanding of what adultism is, as well as tangible ways to address adultism interpersonally and structurally. This workshop can be condensed into as little as one hour of content or can fill up to four hours. Demonstrating youth equity praxis, this workshop is designed and facilitated by three LGBTQ+ youth workers, spanning in age from 19 to 33 years old.

Rebecca York, Community Engagement & Youth Leadership Manager; SMYAL; Addison Moore, Health and Wellness Coordinator, SMYAL; Dana White, Programs Manager, SMYAL

LGBTQ 101: An Exploration of Gender, Sexuality, and Beyond for Beginners

Are you interested in building support for LGBTQ+ youth, but don’t know where to start? Then join SMYAL for a deep dive into the world of LGBTQ+ terminology and best practices, and leave with a toolkit of tangible next steps for building a safe and inclusive space at your school, center, or workplace. This workshop is designed for youth workers, teachers, and other youth-serving professionals who are beginning their journey in understanding LGBTQ+ identities. This workshop is designed and facilitated by three LGBTQ+ youth workers, spanning in age from 19 to 33 years old.

Rebecca York, Community Engagement & Youth Leadership Manager; SMYAL; Addison Moore, Health and Wellness Coordinator, SMYAL; Dana White, Programs Manager, SMYAL

Understanding and Supporting LGBTQ Youth: The Stories and Numbers Project
University of Texas Austin - Human Development and Family Sciences, Population Research Center

This workshop presents the Stories and Numbers Project, a new online tool for accessing resources related to the safety and well-being of LGBTQ youth in Texas schools. The purpose of the workshop is to orient school personnel to the resources covered on the website, highlighting the newest research on school policies, programs, and practices that are linked to positive adjustment and academic success for LGBTQ students, as well as ways to institute evidence-based safe school strategies. Attendees come away with action steps for implementing inclusive nondiscrimination policies and LGBTQ-related curricula, supporting Gender-Sexuality Alliances, and accessing professional development resources.

Meg Bishop, M.A., Doctoral Student, Graduate Student Trainee, UT Austin - Human Development and Family Sciences, Population Research Center; Stephen T. Russell, Ph.D., Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professorship in Child Development, Chair of Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Texas Austin; Rachel Adams Gonzales, Texas Welcomes All

How School Administrators Can Create Supportive and Inclusive Environments for LGBTQ Students and Educators
National Association of Secondary School Principals

This 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 discuss their strategies for engaging LGBTQ students in school programs and activities and ensure 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 and work collaboratively with their school leaders.

Dustin Miller, PhD, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University; Dixie Rae Garrison, Principal, West Jordan Middle School West Jordan, UT

Broken Homes, Broken Hearts: The Effects of Familial Abuse and Rejection on Sex Work and Dating Violence in LGBTQ Youth
Human Rights Campaign

In this workshop we will be using a Slideshow and a YA Panel to discuss the effects of unsafe family environments, familial rejection, and homelessness and how they contribute to high rates of sex work, unsafe sex practices, and dating violence in LGBTQ+ Youth. We will be looking at the mental and public health impacts of this phenomenon and discussing the best ways to address it. The YA's that are participating have all had personal experiences with this and will have time to tell their stories and experiences to bring the conversation to life.

Leslie Hall, Director of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Programs, Human Rights Campaign; Seth Owen, HRC Youth Ambassador; Jonathan Leggette, HRC Youth Ambassador

Creating Space for Intersex Youth
InterACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, Intersex History Project

While the visibility of the intersex movement has increased in recent years, the needs and experiences of intersex youth remains relatively obscured. This workshop will offer participants a working understanding of what it means to be intersex by exploring how medicalization, as a historic event and contemporary reality, informs what it means to be intersex. We will also offer frameworks and best practices to create environments that are authentically inclusive of intersex young people, so as to ultimately promote their well-being throughout the social landscape.

Amanda Saenz, Youth Program Manager, InterACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth; Keegan Samaniego, Student and Founder of Intersex History Project

Making Your School Inclusive for LGBTQ+ Students
Dexter Community Schools

All schools should be safe and inclusive for all students. This workshop will take you through the journey of Anchor Elementary and Dexter Community Schools in Michigan who have practices in place to support LGBTQ+ students, their families, and ALL students who walk through their doors. Attendees will hear about policies, teacher training, and best practices are put into place.

Craig McCalla, Elementary Principal, Dexter Community Schools; Peter Tchoryk, Jr., Father at Dexter Community Schools; Syndee Tchoryk, Student at Dexter Community Schools

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

Power Up Your GSA!: Creating Strong and Sustainable GSAs

Are you looking to boost your GSA? In this workshop we will discuss strategies in building up your GSA's leadership, attendance, participation, and how to make this sustainable for students and the legacy of the club.

a.t. Furuya, Youth Programs Manager, GLSEN; Sophia Arredondo, Director of Education & Youth Programs, GLSEN

Supporting TGNC Youth of Color

In this workshop we will discuss supporting transgender, nonbinary, gender non conforming, and gender exploring students of color in K-12 schools. We will examine the basics of supporting student’s identities that are often times centered around white dominant culture and representation. We will identify differences and needs by students of color and how to navigate support as an educator. This workshop will not just discuss the different identities, participants will work through case study examples and discuss best practices. We eliminate the misconception that you have to be an expert on this subject to support these students!

a.t. Furuya, Youth Programs Manager, GLSEN; Sophia Arredondo, Director of Education & Youth Programs, GLSEN

A Parent’s Love in Action: A Discussion with Parents of Transgender Children
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, M.S.S., Director of the Children, Youth and Families Program, Human Rights Campaign

Growing a Gender-Inclusive Biology Curriculum
Jeffco Public Schools, Educurious

Teaching biology presents many opportunities for authentic inclusion of gender-diversity. How can we affirm our transgender and intersex students when we​ talk about X and Y chromosomes? How can diverse family structures be included in lessons about meiosis and sexual reproduction? And how do queer and trans identities fit into evolution? We will present the need for such a curriculum, a framework, and examples to be discussed by participants in small groups.

Sam Long, High School Science Teacher, Jeffco Public Schools; Lewis Maday-Travis, Science Educator, Educurious

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