Agenda

2021 Workshops

Our 2021 workshops will be announced in the near future.

Take a look at our 2020 conference workshops to get a sense of what to expect in 2021.
 

PRE-CONFERENCE: Friday, February 14, 2020
2:00 - 4:30 p.m.

LGBTQ 101: An Exploration of Gender, Sexuality, and Beyond for Beginners
SMYAL
Location: Congressional Ballroom C

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.

Rebecca York, Community Engagement & Youth Leadership Manager, SMYAL; Addison Moore, After-School Programs Manager, SMYAL


WORKSHOPS A: Saturday, February 15, 2020
10:00 - 11:15 a.m.

The Experiences of Bi+ Youth and How You Can Better Serve Them
Human Rights Campaign
Location: Meeting Room 16

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; Ace Auker, HRC Youth Ambassador


Intersectionality: Examining LGBTQ Topics with an Intersectional Lens
Welcoming Schools, Human Rights Campaign
Location: Mt. Vernon Square A

Intersectionality is a critical tool for educators and youth-serving professionals to recognize all of their students’ identities--both privileged and marginalized--to create school systems and programs that are equitable and cultivate a sense of belonging, so students feel safe and thrive. Trans and Gender Non-Conforming students who are Black and Latinx face discrimination on multiple levels in schools and at far higher rates than their White peers. In this workshop, we will explore definitions of intersectionality through the lenses of gender, sexual orientation, race, disability, religion, immigration status…and their presence.

Johanna Eager, M.Ed., Welcoming Schools Director, Human Rights Campaign


LGBTQ+ Inclusive Sex Ed Curricula
Advocates For Youth
Location: Meeting Room 14

Most school-based sexuality education has historically been heterosexist and narrowly defines sexual orientation, gender identities and gender expression. Educators often have little training related to sexual orientation and gender identity and schools are paralyzed with fear of controversy while our most vulnerable youth suffer. This workshop will explore the realities of current sex education and overview Rights, Respect, Responsibility a free K-12 LGBTQ+ inclusive sex education curricula.

Mary Beth Szydlowski, Senior Program Manager, Advocates For Youth


Out Educators: A Must in Creating Safe Schools
National Education Association
Location: Mt. Vernon Square B

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; C. Scott Miller, Elementary School Teacher, Santa Ana Unified School District


Saving Young Lives by Protecting LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy
The Trevor Project, Human Rights Campaign, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Location: Meeting Room 12/13

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.

Casey Pick, Esq., Senior Fellow for 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; Xavier Persad, Senior Legislative Counsel, Human Rights Campaign


Preventing Risk & Promoting Well-Being: Using the Family Acceptance Project’s Public Education Posters to Make Every Space an Education Zone
Family Acceptance Project
Location: Meeting Room 2

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 Project


A Suburban School District’s Journey to Creating Inclusive Schools
Puyallup School District
Location: Meeting Room 3

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; Lynn Goralski, Teacher, Puyallup School District


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
Location: Meeting Room 5

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 Executive Director, Massachusetts School Counselors Association; 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


Because Splinching Kills: the Importance of Integration of LGBTQ+ and Religious Identities
Phillips Exeter Academy
Location: Meeting Room 10/11

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, Phillips Exeter Academy


An Overview of Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth and Substance Use Prevention
The Center for Relationship and Sexual Health (CRSH)
Location: Meeting Room 7

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


Navigating the Human Barrier in Schools
Gender Diversity
Location: Meeting Room 8/9

After a parent’s realization that their child is trans—but often before they have had a chance to catch their breath—the question of navigating schools looms large and immediate. Teachers, administrators, counselors, and even other parents may put up resistance. Principals will often say, “Why should we do all this for just one student?” Faith, political, cultural and geographical differences can further complicate the conversation. We examine the origins of this resistance and provide some strategies for the emotional “human” barriers that so often get in the way of creating inclusive school environments.

Aidan Key, Executive Director, Gender Diversity


Making Your School Inclusive for LGBTQ+ Students
Dexter Community Schools
Location: Meeting Room 4

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 and Sarah Tchoryk, Jr., Father at Dexter Community Schools; Jacq Tchoryk, Student
 

Faith, Hope & Love: Building Safer & More Welcoming Faith Communities for LGBTQ+ Youth
New Jersey Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Location: Meeting Room 6

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


WORKSHOPS B: Saturday, February 15, 2020
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Countering the Model Minority Myth: Learning About and Better Supporting API LGBTQ Youth
Human Rights Campaign
Location: Meeting Room 16

Asian & Pacific Islander (API) LGBTQ youth hold unique identities and experiences at the intersections of their racial and SOGIE identities. This workshop will explore the findings of HRC’s API Youth Report, which highlights the experiences of API LGBTQ young people and their lives at home, in school, and in their communities. In addition to the data itself, participants will hear of the experiences of being young and API directly from HRC Youth Ambassadors in a panel Q&A and through API HRC staff. Workshop participants will leave this workshop with an understanding of the diversity, challenges, and opportunities of the LGBTQ Asian & Pacific Islander community.

Pallavi Rudraraju, Youth Well-Being Program Coordinator, Human Rights Campaign; Avi Pacheco, HRC Youth Ambassador; Sameer Jha, HRC Youth Ambassador


Broken Homes, Broken Hearts: The Effects of Familial Abuse and Rejection on Sex Work and Dating Violence in LGBTQ Youth
Human Rights Campaign
Location: Mt. Vernon Square A

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; Jacob Kanter, HRC Youth Ambassador


It's Elementary! K- 6 Resources and Lesson Plans for LGBTQ Inclusive Schools
Human Rights Campaign
Location: Meeting Room 14

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, Welcoming Schools, Human Rights Campaign


LGBTQ+ Youth: Dating, Intimacy, and Sexual Health
American Counseling Association 
Location: Mt. Vernon Square B

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


Suicide Prevention Policies in Schools – Equipping School District Staff to Prevent Crises and Save LGBTQ Lives
The Trevor Project
Location: Meeting Room 12/13

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


GET YOUR LIFE!: A WHOLISTIC HIV PREVENTION CURRICULUM FOR YOUNG BLACK AND LATINO YOUNG MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN
Advocates For Youth
Location: Meeting Room 4

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

 

When Someone Comes Out: Demonstrating Support and Acceptance
PFLAG National
Location: Meeting Room 10/11

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


Creating Space for Intersex Youth
InterACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, Intersex History Project
Location: Meeting Room 5

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


Inclusive Curriculum: Incorporating LGBTQ Topics into the Classroom
GLSEN
Location: Meeting Room 3

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


Unlearning Binary Thinking: Embracing Full-Spectrum Frameworks to Better Serve Trans and Non-Binary Youth in Systems of Care
Los Angeles LGBT Center
Location: Meeting Room 8/9

What are non-binary identities and how can learning more about them increase the efficacy of our work with all youth? What is binary thinking and how can it limit creativity and damage rapport with clients and colleagues? Built on the general understanding of identities existing on spectrums, this session will offer a conceptual framework through which professionals can begin to unlearn binary thinking in order to better serve all youth in systems of care.

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


The Empathy Project: the Social Justice Book Club
Jordan School District
Location: Meeting Room 7

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


LGBTQ+ Youth and Section 504 Plans: The Fine Line Between “Allowing” and “Accommodating”
National Association of School Psychologists
Location: Meeting Room 2

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


Using Research to Make the Case for LGBTQ-Supportive Schools
The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences
Location: Meeting Room 6

In the last decade, there has been a dramatic growth in research on LGBTQ+ issues in schooling. There is more knowledge than ever about the school experiences of LGBTQ+ students, and about strategies that make a difference for creating safe and supportive schools for LGBTQ+ and all students. How can teachers, parents, and students use research to better inform policies, programs, and practices that promote safe and supportive schools for LGBTQ+ and all students? This workshop reviews key findings from this body of research, and identifies ways to use research to make the case for policy and practice change.

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; Meg Bishop, M.A., Doctoral Student, Graduate Student Trainee, UT Austin - Human Development and Family Sciences, Population Research Center; Rachel Adams Gonzales, Texas Welcomes All


WORKSHOPS C: Saturday, February 15, 2020
2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

A Parent’s Love in Action: A Discussion with Parents of Transgender Children
Human Rights Campaign
Location: Meeting Room 16

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., Senior Director, Programs and Partnerships, Human Rights Campaign


Legal Rights of LGBTQ Youth in K-12 Public Schools
Human Rights Campaign
Location: Mt. Vernon Square A

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


Creating Gender Inclusive Elementary Schools and Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Students Using the Welcoming Schools Approach
Human Rights Campaign
Location: Meeting Room 14

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!

Michele Hatchell, Welcoming Schools Consultant


Why NEA Cares About LGBTQ+ Students and Members
National Education Association
Location: Mt. Vernon Square B

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; C. Scott Miller, Elementary School Teacher, Santa Ana Unified School District


National Strategies for Advancing LGBTQ Inclusion & Equity in Community Organization
YMCA of the USA
Location: Meeting Room 12/13

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+ intergenerational 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


Trans and Non-Binary Youth Panel: Beyond the Classroom
TransFamily Support Services
Location: Meeting Room 8/9

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; Sam Moehlig, HRC Youth Ambassador; Nakiya Lynch, HRC Youth Ambassador; Sean Bender-Prouty, HRC Youth Ambassador; Gia Parr, HRC Youth Ambassador; Ashton Mota, HRC Youth Ambassador


Working with Families to Prevent Suicide & Other Serious Risks and Promote Well-Being for LGBTQ - Gender Diverse Youth
Family Acceptance Project
Location: Meeting Room 10/11

Learn about increasing support and acceptance among ethnically, racially and religiously diverse families to prevent risk and promote well-being for LGBTQ and gender diverse children and youth. The Family Acceptance Project has developed the field of family acceptance for LGBTQ youth, including the first evidence-based family support model and resources that are widely used in schools, foster care, homeless services, trauma-based care, behavioral health and faith-based services. We’ll provide research-based education and guidance materials that are Best Practice resources for suicide prevention for LGBT youth and share strategies to increase family support in agencies, programs, schools and congregations.

Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW, Director, Family Acceptance Project


Growing a Gender-Inclusive Biology Curriculum
Jeffco Public Schools, Educurious
Location: Meeting Room 7

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


Power Up Your GSA!: Creating Strong and Sustainable GSAs
GLSEN
Location: Meeting Room 3

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.

Sophia Arredondo, Director of Education & Youth Programs, GLSEN; Chris Staley, National Student Council; Darid Prom, National Student Council 

 


Pathways to LGBTQ Inclusive Curriculum
Garden State Equality, Make It Better for Youth
Location: Meeting Room 4

In this presentation we will offer pedagogical approaches to inclusion, best practices, and common challenges. We will discuss cultural competencies that help with effective LGBTQ inclusive lessons and curriculum. We will share a matrix/framework for guiding lesson development and implementation. Lastly, we will open the presentation for participants to share their lessons and experiences.

Ashley Chiappano, Safe Schools and Community Education Manager, Garden State Equality

 

Dilemmas in Education: Addressing Moral and Religious Concerns and Objections to Care for Children and Adolescents
American Psychological Association
Location: Meeting Room 6

All professionals who serve LGBTQ youth should be equipped with the ability to navigate moral and religious objections by learners, colleagues, and those in all levels of their career. Our workshop applies arguments and approaches within the medical profession for promotion of health, wellness and human flourishing to all professionals who serve LGBTQ youth across varying institutions. These guiding principles of health, wellness, and human flourishing cross all professional intersections and provides our attendees, regardless of their individual field/profession, with knowledge of how to address moral and/or religious objections that interfere with caring for LGBTQ youth.

May Lau, MD, Assistant Professor, Adolescent Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern; Jennifer M. Wimberly, MD, Chair of Institutional Ethics Committee, Parkland Health and Hospital System; Heather NewbyLCSW, Clinical Social Worker, GENECIS Program, University of Texas Southwestern; Cindy Bowens, MD, Associate Professor, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern


True Colors Shining Bright: Providing Counseling and Supports for LGBTQ+ Youth
National Association of School Psychologists
Location: Meeting Room 2

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


Understanding and Supporting LGBTQ Youth: The Stories and Numbers Project
University of Texas Austin - Human Development and Family Sciences, Population Research Center
Location: Meeting Room 5

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


WORKSHOPS D: Saturday, February 15, 2020
4:15 - 5:30 p.m.

Pipeline to Paradigm: Navigating LGBTQ Students of Color through HigherEd Apps, Decisions and Campus Engagement
Human Rights Campaign
Location: Meeting Room 16

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


Strategies to Build Your Organization’s LGBTQ Training Capacity
Human Rights Campaign
Location: Mt. Vernon Square A

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; Harry Morgan, AFFIRM Family Specialist, Prince George’s County Department of Social Services; Lauren Wethers-Coggins, AFFIRM Family Specialist, Prince George’s County Department of Social Services


Fearful of Parent or Community Pushback?
Welcoming Schools, Human Rights Campaign
Location: Meeting Room 14

Frustrated from pushback when advocating for LGBTQ inclusive schools? Feeling fearful of parent complaints when supporting LGBTQ students? Across the country educators and school districts are targeted by hate groups and individuals or unwanted media attention for simply doing their job: providing a safe and welcoming school climate for all students. In this workshop participants will have the opportunity to review typical scenarios in which schools and school districts persevered and continued to support LGBTQ youth despite pushback. Talking points and strategies for effectively addressing resistance and pushback will be included in this workshop.

Johanna Eager, M.Ed., Welcoming Schools Director, Human Rights Campaign


A Panel Discussion with OUT LGBTQ Staff
National Education Association
Location: Mt. Vernon Square B

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; C. Scott Miller, Elementary School Teacher, Santa Ana School District


LGBTQ+ Inclusion from a Faith-Based Lens
YMCA of the USA
Location: Meeting Room 12/13

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

 

Addressing Tobacco/Vaping Use Among LGBTQ Youth and Young Adults
Truth Initiative 
Location: Meeting Room 7 

LGBTQ individuals commonly experience disparities that stem from social stigma and discriminatory treatment. On top of that, there is a different kind of disparity in the LGBTQ community that is often overlooked: disproportionately high smoking rates and vaping. Overall, lesbian, gay and bisexual young adults (18- 24) are nearly twice as likely to smoke as their straight peers, due in part to targeted marketing by Big Tobacco. Today, research shows that the LGBTQ community is among the hardest hit by tobacco. This workshop will provide an overview of tobacco as a social justice issue, helpful resources for those who work closely with youth, and useful strategies to create a healthier LGBTQ youth population.

Dan Fitzgerald, MPH, Executive Director, Chariho Youth Task Force Network Director, Tobacco Free Rhode Island / American Lung Association; Alexandra Parks, MS, CHES, Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships and Programs, Truth Initiative


Developing a Host Home Program for LGBTQ+ Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Point Source Youth
Location: Meeting Room 5

LGBTQ+ youth of color are overrepresented among youth experiencing homelessness in the U.S. This workshop will examine the latest data and provide participants with best practices and resources they need to develop a host home program in their community using an intersectional approach that centers the needs of the most marginalized youth. Attendees will watch videos from across the country of youth in urban and rural communities sharing their experiences with host homes and everyone will receive a free copy of Point Source Youth's Host Home Handbook 2.0, which contains best practices, sample forms/documents, and policies & procedures

Todd Rosendahl, PhD, National Director of Programs, Point Source Youth; Pilar Barreyro, Director, Northeast & Communications, Point Source Youth


Safe & Supportive Environments: The Case for Establishing a School-Based LGBTQ Liaison Program
District of Columbia Public Schools
Location: Meeting Room 8/9

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


Supporting TGNC Youth of Color
GLSEN
Location: Meeting Room 3

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!

Sophia Arredondo, Director of Education & Youth Programs, GLSEN; Chris Staley, National Student Council; Darid Prom, National Student Council 


Unpacking Adultism
SMYAL
Location: Meeting Room 6

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. 

Rebecca York, Community Engagement & Youth Leadership Manager, SMYAL; Addison Moore,  After-School Programs Manager, SMYAL


Grassroots Works: How Two Educators Created Better Spaces for LGBTQ Students, Families, and Educators
Salt Lake City School District
Location: Meeting Room 10/11

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 Skyler, HRC Youth Ambassador


NOVA Pride Prom: The Prom Heard Around the World
NOVA Pride
Location: Meeting Room 2

NOVA Pride Prom began four 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 embodies four things: celebration, education, compassion, and action. 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, NOVA Pride; Jhamy Carey, Student Leader, Pride Prom; Jack Newman, Student Leader, NOVA Pride

 

Sex Talk: How LGBTQ+ Inclusive Sex Education leads to Sexual Liberation for Queer and Trans Youth of Color
SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change
Location: Meeting Room 4 

Sex education is a necessary tool that can lead to sexual liberation for queer and trans youth of color. With sex education, we have a golden opportunity to create a culture shift–tackling the misinformation, shame, and stigma that creates the basis for many of today’s sexual and reproductive health and rights issues: reproductive justice, LGBTQ equality, sexual violence, gender equity, and the dismantling of white supremacy. This interactive workshop will look at the ways sex education is framed, how we as advocates can reframe sex education, and how we examine the policies implemented that impact queer and trans youth of color.

Jennifer Driver, Vice President of Policy & Strategic Partnerships, SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change

 

FILM SCREENING: Saturday, February 15, 2020
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

THE MOST DANGEROUS YEAR
Location: Mt. Vernon Square A
As a dark wave of anti-transgender “bathroom bills” began sweeping across the nation, The Human Rights Campaign called 2016 the most dangerous year for transgender Americans. Filmmaker Vlada Knowlton captures the ensuing civil rights battle from the perspective of a group of embattled parents – including herself and her husband, parents of a young trans girl -- fighting to protect their children from discriminatory laws in their home state. While Knowlton passionately follows the story of anti-transgender legislation, the heart of the film lies in the stories of the families who accept and support their kids for exactly who they are. Learn more about this critically acclaimed documentary at www.themostdangerousyear.com.
A live Q&A session with the filmmakers and cast members will immediately follow the 90-minute film screening.

Vlada Knowlton, Filmmaker, The Most Dangerous Year; and Cast Members


WORKSHOPS E: Sunday, February 16, 2020
9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Standing by Our Siblings 
Human Rights Campaign
Location: Mt. Vernon Square A

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, Senior Director, Programs and Partnerships, Human Rights Campaign; Sydney Tchoryk, Student at Dexter Community Schools; Peter and Sarah Tchoryk, Parents; Chelsea Watson, Student; Luc Parr, Student

 


“So You Have An Audience... Now What? Preparing to Train Others on LGBTQ Topics”
Human Rights Campaign
Location: Meeting Room 16

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


The Teachable Moment: Age-Appropriate Responses to Elementary Student Questions and Comments about Gender, Family, and LGBTQ Topics
Human Rights Campaign
Location: Meeting Room 14

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


How School Administrators Can Create Supportive and Inclusive Environments for LGBTQ Students and Educators
National Association of Secondary School Principals
Location: Meeting Room 12/13

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 a 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


Drawing Connections: Exploring the Intersections of Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation (NEA LGBTQ Module 4)
National Education Association
Location: Mt. Vernon Square B

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

 

Suicide Prevention Policies in Schools – Equipping School District Staff to Prevent Crises and Save LGBTQ Lives
The Trevor Project
Location: Meeting Room 5

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 Basics of Bootcamp: Understanding Today's Prospective LGBTQ+ Military Recruits
Modern Military Association of America
Location: Meeting Room 7

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


When Someone Comes Out: Demonstrating Support and Acceptance
PFLAG National
Location: Meeting Room 8/9

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

 

#MuslimAnd Young, Queer, & Taking Action
Advocates For Youth
Location: Meeting Room 15 

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”!

Khadija Khan, Manager of International & Muslim Youth Advocacy, Advocates for Youth; Sinclair Blue, Advocates for Youth Muslim Youth Leadership Council Member; Ameera Khan, Advocates for Youth Muslim Youth Leadership Council Member; Imaan Mirza, Advocates for Youth Muslim Youth Leadership Council Member


Arts/Activism: Visual Change & Strategic Expression
SMYAL
Location: Congressional Ballroom C

Organizing spaces — especially those that are youth centered and youth driven — often talk about the need to use art as activism. Art has the power to build bridges across difference, heal trauma, and strengthen communities in the fight for equity and justice; art has the power to become the symbols of a revolution. However, in order to create this kind of symbolic movement art, some strategic planning is in order for marginalized youth. Participants will learn how to identify their goals (artistically and movement wide), find their audience, and pick the most impactful medium. No prior artistic experience is necessary.

Addison Moore, After-School Programs Manager, SMYAL; Rebecca York, Community Engagement & Youth Leadership Manager; SMYAL


I See Me: Stories That Uplift, Empower, and Connect LGBTQ+ Youth
It Gets Better Project
Location: Meeting Room 3

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

 

LGBTQ Mental Health: Challenges and Opportunities for Change
Mental Health America
Location: Meeting Room 4

Since 2014, MHA has provided free, anonymous, and confidential screening tools that allow people to explore their mental health concerns through our MHA Screening program (at www.mhascreening.org). This workshop will present the findings from MHA’s LGBTQ+ mental health report, which explored data from nearly 300,000 LGBTQ individuals who took an online mental health screen. It will highlight specific challenges faced by LGBTQ screeners, especially youth, and provide policy and programmatic recommendations based on the data. It will then feature a member of MHA’s Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council working on the ground in California to advocate for LGBTQ mental health.

Maddy Reinert, MPH, Program Manager of Population Health , Mental Health America; Juan Acosta, Member of the Youth Innovation Project Planning Committee for California’s Mental Health Services Oversight Accountability Commission

 

Getting Bi+ Youth (Pan/Fluid/Omni/Poly/Queer/Unlabeled)
Saint Paul Public Schools, Human Rights Campaign
Location: Meeting Room 10/11

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 sexual orientation binaries. We'll highlight stars like bi+ icons Janelle Monáe and Som Hye In who have expanded the conversation about bi/pan/fluid/poly/queer/and unlabeled people in the media! 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, PhD, LGBTQIA+ Program Specialist, Saint Paul Public Schools; Ace Auker, HRC Youth Ambassador

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