The LGBTQ+ Education Institute provides trainings on understanding foundational terminology of gender and sexuality, developing approaches to LGBTQ+ inclusion, combating biases and assumptions of the LGBTQ+ community, and confronting the roots of anti-LGBTQ+ oppression. As a team, we want to dream a world where LGBTQ+ people are seen, celebrated, and embraced as who we are wherever we go.
Scheduling a Training or Consultation Session:
Email [email protected] to set up a free 30-minute initial consultation.
Non-profit organizations and government agencies: ask about our discounted non-profit/government rate!
We offer three tiers of standard trainings, LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Equity 101, 102, and Committing to LGBTQ+ Liberation as well as Training on Barriers to Care and Health Disparities. Additionally, we offer specific topics developed around our teams’ lived experiences and research expertise. Those offerings are listed below.
Virtual Individual Equity
101 trainings available
Welcoming and Affirming LGBTQ+ Communities
New dates and times coming for 2024
LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Equity 101
New dates and times coming for 2024
Starting January 2024
accredited virtual trainings available
Every First Monday of the month from 12:00-2:00 p.m. EST
Virtual Rotating Topics in
Supporting and Advocating for LGBTQ+ Youth
3rd Thursday, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST
Starting September 21, 2023
Each month our Education Institute will share knowledge and resources on an area or topic on supporting our youth. Trainings will be held online via Zoom. To sign up email [email protected]. These topics typically address concerns for different youth age ranges and will sometimes address, for example, middle school aged youth or teenagers. Look out each month for the topic!
September - Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ+ Youth
October - Coming Out for Youth / Letting People In
November - Changing Pronouns Changing Names
December - LGBTQ+ Youth Mental Health
January - LGBTQ+ Youth and Substance Use Disorders
February - LGBTQ+ Youth and Dating Violence
March - Supporting Trans Youth
April- LGBTQ+ Neurodivergent Youth
May - Supporting Nonbinary Youth
June - LGBTQ+ Youth Health
July - Celebrating and Centering LGBTQ+ Youth of Color
August - Supporting Asexual / Aromantic Youth
September - Supporting Bisexual / Pansexual / Queer Youth
October - Online Space Safety for LGBTQ+
November - Healthy Relationships for LGBTQ+ Youth
These trainings run between one hour to an hour and a half based on group size and requested content.
- LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Equity 101
- LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Equity 102
- Committing to LGBTQ+ Liberation
- Understanding and Removing Barriers to Care
- LGBTQ+ Health Inequities
These trainings run between 45 minutes and 2 hours depending on group size and content.
- Neurodivergent LGBTQ+ Communities
- LGBTQ+ Survivors of Domestic and Intimate Partner Abuse
- Nonbinary Identities
- Lehigh Valley LGBTQ+ History and Archives
- Authors and Poets
- Trans and Gender Non-conforming People's Histories
- LGBTQ+ Mental Health
- LGBTQ+ Youth
- Supporting LGBTQ+ People with Substance Use Disorders
- Supporting Bi+ Communities and Unpacking Biphobia
- And more to come!
Our dynamic trainings are well suited for human services, government agencies, school districts and educators, and healthcare providers, administrators, and so many more organizations. LGBTQ+ people live and exist everywhere and we believe in taking these educational opportunities wherever we can.
Our team’s diverse professional and personal experiences make us adaptable to each organization’s unique needs. We will always tailor our trainings to address and specific areas of interest for your organization as well as providing time for Q&A at the end of the training.
Training on Barriers to Care and Health Disparities: Healthy People 2020 defines Health Equity as "the attainment of the highest quality of health for all people" - a dream not yet realized by LGBT healthcare consumers. This training assists healthcare professionals and administrators in understanding the barriers to care that prevent the LGBT patient population from seeking services, screenings, treatment, and care. This training includes current localized data to demonstrate the hurdles LGBT patients are navigating and the disparities that exist for this population. The training includes promising practices for a high-quality of healthcare delivery for the LGBT patient population.
The standard length of this interactive training is 1 hour and is designed for up to 50 people. Length, time, data, and specific content can be adjusted to meet the needs of your organization. Trainings for larger audiences can be negotiated.
Policy Development and Consulting: We routinely assist small businesses, non-profits, universities and schools with policy development to help them reduce risk, maintain compliance with municipal non-discrimination ordinances, and to be on the leading-edge for LGBTQ+ workplace equality. In particular, we have assisted organizations with drafting the following policies:
- Non-discrimination policy
- Anti-harassment policy
- Restroom/Locker room usage policy
- Gender-inclusive housing policy
- Name policies
We are not attorneys, and while we have unique and specific expertise in LGBTQ+-related policies, we recommend that organizations have our draft policies reviewed by their counsel before the adoption of any new policies.
Educators: We value and center the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and to help explore our varied and rich experiences we try to have two trainers attend each training when possible.
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