LGBTQ+ Education Institute

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

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Starting January 2024
accredited virtual trainings available

LGBTQ+ Equity and Inclusion 101 Trainings
Every First Monday of the month from 12:00-2:00 p.m. EST
*Please note: January's virtual training will be held on January 8, 2024
Physicians - 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) Tm per session
Nurses - 2 Contact Hours
Social Workers - 2 CEUs

Register and pay here

Note: Trainings do not begin until January 2024

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

Training Topics:


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  

Specialized Topics: 

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
  • LGBTQ+ History
    • 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.

Organizations Trained:

AARP of Pennsylvania

Albright College

Allentown Health Bureau

Allentown School District

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley Camp JCC Lehigh Valley

Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley

Care Patrol
Casa Guadalupe

Central York School District

Da Vinci Science Center

Department of Family Medicine at Lehigh Valley Health Network

Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries

Discover Lehigh Valley

East Stroudsburg University

Erie County Department of Health

Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program at Lehigh Valley Health Network

Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Medical-Surgical Nurses

Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors

Hillside School

Interior School District

Jewish Family Services of the Lehigh Valley


Lehigh Valley Drug and Alcohol Intake Unit

Magellan Behavioral Health

Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County and Northampton County

Mid Eastern Association of Peri Anesthesia Nurses

Molly's Restaurant and Bar
Muhlenberg College

Northampton County Student Assistance Program

North Penn Legal Services

Northampton County Re-entry Program

Oxford School District

Palisades School District

Peer Star

Penn State College of Medicine

Penn State University

Pennridge School District

Pennsylvania Department of Aging Office of the Ombudsman

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

Pyramid Healthcare

Quakertown School District

Recovery Revolution

Reading School District

Student Nurses Association at Cedar Crest College

The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education 

United Friends School

United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley

White Deer Run of Allentown

Wildlands Conservancy



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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