2022 Time to THRIVE Workshops

LGBTQ+ youth still face dramatically heightened rates of rejection and discrimination in school, at home, and within their community. LGBTQ+ youth who are multiply marginalized experience this at even higher rates. Therefore, our Time to THRIVE 2022 workshops will be carefully crafted to center the experiences of LGBTQ+ youth carrying the heaviest burden of oppression, such as trans and non-binary youth, Black, Indigenous and other LGBTQ+ youth of color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+ youth with disabilities, those from minority faith backgrounds, and more.

Time to THRIVE is strongly committed to an intersectional approach in all plenaries, workshops and conversations. To learn more about putting intersectionality into practice as a youth-serving professional, take a look at our free webinar by clicking here.

Please see below for our growing list of Time to THRIVE 2022 workshops, and check back as we continue to add new workshops through December.

1:00 - 3:00 PM PT/4:00-6:00 PM ET:

February 8, 2022

Optional Pre-Conference Workshop

LGBTQ 101: An Introduction to Terms, Concepts, and Allyship | Ty Kitchen (they/them) | Community Engagement and Youth Leadership Manager | SMYAL

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 the knowledge and vocabulary necessary to explore the 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.

February 9, 2022

9:30 -10:15AM PT/12:30 -1:15PM ET

Concurrent Workshops A:

Using Media and Popular Culture to Reframe Masculinity for LGBTQ+ Youth of Color​ | Wesley Thomas MPH, M.Ed (he/him) | LGBTQ and Sexual Health Program Manager | District Of Columbia Public Schools

This workshop will explore heterosexual men's representation in media and how the shifts in their presentation impact LGBTQ+ identified people. Homophobia (or the irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals) restricts all men and boys in the ways in which they express themselves, but especially young Black and Brown boys. Through use of current television, print media, and or forms of communication, this workshop will allow participants to discuss and reshape how they view masculinity. This workshop's objective is to assess how these messages differ between dominant culture and communities of color, as well as aide young people who receive these messages to interpret them to create inclusive social climates rather than ones that

Faith and LGBTQ Identities | Lisbeth Melendez Rivera MAL | BQN Consulting Principal | BQN Consulting

This workshop will cover how faiths have mentioned LGBTQ identities and harmed LGBTQ people, as well as how individuals can use religion as a shield instead of a sword attacking LGBTQ communities. This workshop will be inclusive in its representation and discussion of all faiths, and will include non-Abrahamic faith and spiritual practices. Participants will leave the space with a basic knowledge of the position on LGBTQ lives from a variety of perspectives including Karmic and Eastern Philosophies in addition to the dominant Abrahamic religions.

10:45 - 11:30 AM PT/1:45 - 2:30 PM ET

Concurrent Workshops B:

Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in the Welfare System | Phii Regis MPS (they/them) | Associate Director | All Children - All Families

LGBTQ+ young people and Black & Brown youth are overrepresented in foster care and, unfortunately, face bias and discrimination while in care. When providing services to gender and sexual minority youth, it is important to consider how navigating multiple marginalized identities can create unique challenges for them. This workshop will discuss the barriers faced by LGBTQ+ youth, the additional challenges of LGBTQ+ youth of color, how to use an intersectional lens to inform your work, organizational policies to reduce these barriers, and model and tools from HRC's All Children—All Families for practice improvement. We will also cover guidance on advocating and affirming LGBTQ+ youth.

Beyond the Rainbow: Racial Equity & LGBTQ-Inclusive Sex Ed | Brittany Broaddus-Smith LSW, MEd (she/her) | Senior Program Manager - Health Equity | Advocates For Youth

Very few LGBTQ youth report learning LGBTQ-inclusive sex-ed in their classrooms. This workshop will cover reasons why LGBTQ-inclusive sex-ed is important for all youth, the disproportionately poor health outcomes that emerge without LGBTQ-inclusive sex-ed, as well as how race impacts the resulting inequities. This workshop will also explore strategies for educators to advocate for LGBTQ-inclusive sex-ed in their school districts, if it is not already present

12:00 - 12:45 PM PT/3:00 - 3:45 PM ET

Concurrent Workshops C:

Taking an Intersectional Approach to Suicide Prevention | Dr. Myeshia Price PhD (she/they) | Senior Research Scientist | Trevor Project

While the overall suicide rate dropped in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, rates actually increased among young adults and some communities of color. Unfortunately, this data was not able to be segmented by LGBTQ identity, but The Trevor Project’s 2021 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health revealed similar disparities — 42% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year, including more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth, and LGBTQ youth of color reported higher rates than their white peers.

This workshop will provide an overview of the key risk factors for LGBTQ youth suicide and the disparities that exist across race and gender, and equip participants will suicide prevention tools and best practices for supporting diverse LGBTQ young people.

Understanding and Uplifting LGBTQ+ AAPI Youth | Laura Galeano (she/her) | PFLAG Connects Manager | PFLAG National | Danny Cortez M.Div. (he/him) | Executive Director | Estuary Space | Sung Tse (she/her) | Co-President PFLAG San Gabriel Valley API | Tanya Fitzgerald (she/her) | Parent & IT Professional

Asian American and Pacific Islanders make up the fastest-growing population in the United States; however, little emphasis is placed on cultural competency and serving of these unique ethnoracial groups. For LGBTQ+ AAPI youth, they can face additional obstacles due to being a minority within a minority, and in decolonizing perspectives within and outside of the AAPI community of what it means to be AAPI and LGBTQ+. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the needs of Asian American and Pacific Islander youth, and how they can better serve and support them by hearing from leaders and changemakers in the AAPI space. Participants will be able to ask presenters questions about how to support AAPI youth in their own communities.

February 10, 2022

9:30 - 10:15 AM PT/12:30 - 1:15 PM ET

Concurrent Workshops D:

Latinx LGBTQ+ Students & Their Experiences | Kendall Evans (she/her) | Policy Analyst | UnidosUS

LGBTQ+ students experience significant health and educational disparities, which have led to gaps in student outcomes when compared to their cisgender, heterosexual counterparts. These disparities are exacerbated when taking race and ethnic city into account. In this session, UnidosUS, will discuss opportunity gaps experienced by LGBTQ+ Latinx students along with policy recommendations to support healthier learning environments and affirm students’ safety.

Seeing The Signs and Stopping School Pushout | Sabrina Bernadel Esq. (she/her) | Equal Justice Works Fellow | National Women's Law Center

Students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and students with disabilities are often criminalized in school, leading to their overrepresentation in school discipline and the juvenile legal system. When schools prioritize criminalization over care, they leave these students vulnerable to the short- and long-term consequences of the school-to-prison pipeline. In “Seeing the Signs and Stopping School Pushout,” Sabrina Bernadel (she/her/hers), Equal Justice Works Fellow at the National Women's Law Center, will cover school pushout, the school-to-prison pipeline, and how students who live at the intersection of multiple, traditionally marginalized identities are targeted by the school policies and practices that lead to these systemic educational issues. Join this workshop to learn about the school-to-prison pipeline and protective factors that can enable you to support students and dismantle pushout in your community's schools.

Bisexual+ Youth: Challenging Stigma and Reducing Disparities | Robyn Ochs, Ed.M. (She/They) | Educator and Editor, Bi Women Quarterly | Independent Speaker

Bi+ youth face higher rates of suicidality and intimate partner violence and are less connected to support and resources than their lesbian and gay counterparts. In this webinar, we will look at population and disparities data, with attention to the experiences of bi+ youth of color and the impact of holding multiple marginalized identities. The webinar will explore messages and stigma that surround this community and clarify what it means to identify with a non-binary sexuality. Finally, the webinar will discuss strategies for supporting youth with non-binary sexualities.

10:45 - 11:30 AM PT/1:45 - 2:30 PM ET

Concurrent Workshops E:

Our Stories, Our Families: A Desi Perspective | Aruna Rao (she/her) | Executive Director | Desi Rainbow Parents & Allies | Neeraja Aravamudan (she/her) | Community Engagement Center Director | Rahul Deshmukh (he/him) | Asst. Professor | Rosalind Franklin University

What should you do when your child comes out to you? This panel conversation with a diverse array of South Asian parents will explore individual families' journey with their LGBTQ children. This particular panel focuses on South Asian parents; however, it will be relevant and beneficial to any individuals striving to create inclusive parent and family support networks, and to all learning about how parents can be more supportive of their LGBTQ youth. Audience members will leave with a greater understanding of how to support LGBTQ youth as parents and caregivers, as well as the cultural challenges that can arise when coming out across the diaspora.

Say Something: Examining HIV Stigma in HIV Messaging | louie ortiz-fonseca (They/Them) | Director, LGBTQ Health & Rights | Advocates for Youth

Through the use of video and images, this engaging workshop will examine the power of HIV messaging and the unintended ways HIV prevention messaging have reinforced HIV stigma.

11:45 - 12:30 PM PT/2:45 - 3:30 PM ET

Concurrent Workshops F:

Intersecting Identities: Supporting BIPOC LGBTQ+ Youth with Disabilities | Amy Cannava Ed.S.NCSP (she/her) | School Psychologist | NASP

It is estimated that 36% of lesbian and bisexual women, 30% of gay men, and 40% of trans folx in the United States have a disability. In fact, there is a higher prevalence of neurodiversity among gender diverse populations. This workshop will provide an introduction to Disability Justice, recognize the beauty and complexity of intersectionality, and focusing attention on an anti-racist framework in supporting these populations. Objectives: 1) Participants will understand rights and legal protections of LGBTQ+ youth 2) Participants will understand their own unearned privilege and the contrast for disabled queer/trans students of color 3) Participants will learn how they can support and empower disabled LGBTQ+ youth as youth-serving professionals

A Spot on the Team: Transgender & Non-Binary Youth Athletes | Chris Mosier (he/him) | Professional Athlete & Founder of |

The inclusion of transgender athletes has become a political battleground, but there should be nothing political about young people playing sports with their friends. In this session, we will review how we got to this moment, the important research around inclusion of youth athletes, and how you as a youth-serving professional can help fight for and create opportunities for trans and non-binary youth, whether you are an athlete or not.

Additional Confirmed Workshops for 2022 (Stay Tuned For Their Session Times):

Dealing with Resistance and Pushback to LGBTQ+ Topics in PK-12 Schools | Michele Hatchell (she/her) | Associate Director | Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Welcoming Schools

It is imperative that administrators, educators and youth-serving professionals provide safe, affirming and welcoming spaces for all students, families and staff. In this workshop, we will cover some key tips for organizing against resistance to LGBTQ+ and gender-inclusive policies and procedures, books and curriculum. We will provide real-life examples from schools and communities that have successfully addressed resistance. This will be followed by a question and answer session.

Know Your Rights: A Workshop on LGBTQ+ Youth and Student Rights | Sarah Warbelow (she/her) | Legal Director | Human Rights Campaign

This workshop will educate on LGBTQ+ youth and students' rights in schools, athletics, public facilities, and other civil rights laws as they relate to race and disability. This workshop will center on BIPOC as well as trans, non-binary, and gender-expansive youth. This workshop will be beneficial to parents and family members of LGBTQ+ youth as well as youth-serving professionals to be aware of the law and what rights their LGBTQ+ students and the parents of LGBTQ+ students have in schools, athletics, public facilities, etc.

#MuslimAnd Young, Queer, & Taking Action | Ramish Nadeem (he/him/they/them) | Muslim and International Youth Advocacy Program Manager | Advocates For Youth

The Muslim Youth Leadership Council (MyLC) is a group of young queer, trans, and allied Muslim youth from across the country. MyLC focuses on four main areas of work: countering Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate, strengthening sexual health and reproductive rights for young Muslims, promoting LGBTQ rights and supporting queer Muslims, and working towards racial justice and countering anti-Blackness in our communities. Come learn about how youth are taking action to end queerphobia and Islamophobia, and get access to our groundbreaking resources: “I’m Muslim & I Might Not Be Straight” and “I’m Muslim & My Gender Doesn’t Fit Me”!

Creating and Implementing LGBTQ-Inclusive Policies | a.t. furuya (they/them) | Sr. Youth Programs Manager | GLSEN

This workshop will cover the benefits of inclusive policies for LGBTQ+ youth using data from GLSEN's National School Climate Survey, strategic approaches to creating inclusive school policies, and the importance of implementing the policies. We will learn from student experiences through a brief Q&A. Attendees should leave this workshop with concrete understandings and tools to take to their working environments to further protect and elevate LGBTQ+ people.