SpeakOUT: Providing Successful LGBTQ Education

Please join us for SpeakOUT, a workshop on successful LGBTQ Education. SpeakOUT training participants become more confident and articulate while talking with others about LGBTQ issues. We will focus on your personal story as a tool for education, responding to questions mindfully, understanding your audience and tips for respectful communication. A great experience for someone new to LGBTQ issues, or someone who has lived or worked with the issues for years. No matter your identity (transgender, lesbian, gay, straight, bi, cisgender, etc.) this class will be of value to you. Think of it as professional development for your life!

The class is offered twice a year and is open and appropriate for everyone; all ages, all identities, all experiences and will prepare participants to successfully advocate for and address challenges to full LGBTQ inclusion. A perfect workshop for counselors, teachers, student leaders, Dignity Act Coordinators, social workers, nurses, etc.

Participants in SpeakOUT classes in Rochester will have the option of completing additional training to become an LGBTQ Academy Speakers Bureau Educator.

NOTE: The prerequisite for this training is the LGBTQ Academy’s SafeZone Training! If you have not taken this course, please register! Two SafeZone Training are being offered prior to our fall SpeakOUT Training.

What participants from our Spring 2017 SpeakOUT Training had to say:

“The experience of this workshop was amazing. It both taught how to present LGBTQ to other people and also gave tips that could be used in other parts of your life. LGBTQ Academy is amazing!”

“Educational, interactive, enlightening, clear, relatable, compassionate, great at modeling the behaviors they were teaching. Fantastic job!”

“Pushed me to get out of my comfort zone in a very positive way. Used personal experience and humor to connect with us. A very moving experience, amazing presenters.”

“Enlightening, enriching, thought-provoking. I thought it was excellent. I would absolutely recommend this class to friends and family members!”

“Very enlightening workshop, challenging me to go beyond my comfort zone and be more inclusive in everyday life. The pace of the workshop kept me awake, focused and thinking about LGBTQ+ issues and concerns.”

“Amazing chance at a step forward toward my goal of creating safe and supportive spaces in my community through education, connection and empowerment…Oh my gosh, such strong, yet compassionate voices.”

“Inspiring, moving, positive! The day flew! Presenter’s approachablility, honest, their genuine ambition to help us be better educators.”

100% of the participants from this workshop rated both the training and our facilitators “excellent.”

For more information or to request a SpeakOUT training at your workplace or campus please contact education@gayalliance.org or 585-244-8640.