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The Moment You Walk Through the Door: Improving Services for Marginalized Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Intersex People

2019-04-11 @ 9:00 am 4:00 pm

This course provides information for service providers to feel more confident, competent and comfortable providing services to diverse gender identities and expressions or whose sexual orientation may be different than the majority. Stigma and marginalization impact an individual’s health and well-being in many ways and affects if that person will access services when they are in need of them. We want to help agencies to become more accessible, places of welcome for the communities we serve.

For over 15 years, the Rainbow Youth Program has been providing educational workshops for service providers, including health care professionals, law enforcement, social services and educators, to increase knowledge about LGBT2-SIQA identities and raise awareness about the impacts of homonegativity and transphobia. These workshops are grounded in a strength based, interactive learning approach, including group work, video and capacity building activities. We work to creating a positive learning environment that allows for asking questions, recognizing new perspectives, and building skills for allyship and best practice care.