Advancing Equality Panel: Three Generations of Equality Target Audience: High School Students, College Students, Educators, Health and Human Service Providers, Community Members
Presenters: Joanne Borden, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders – Long Island (SAGE-LI) Member and Transgender Activist; Karen Taylor, Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY), Director of Jewish Outreach; and Sara Wyatt, Sex Educator
This panel discussion will provide three perspectives on the advancements in GLBT equality, from three different generations of activists. Joanne Borden, an active member of SAGE-LI and transgender activist, will discuss the early impact of visibility of GLBT voices and faces and how that visibility impacted public opinion. Karen Taylor will address the evolution of the gay community movement post-AIDS and the rise of GLBT organizations and "profo homos." Sara Wyatt will speak about the current generation's reshaping of queer identity and opportunities to move in new directions. These advancements continue to evolve and intersect; panelists will answer questions and encourage the participants to think about ways they can take action to advance equality.
Creating Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Clubs in Faith-Based Settings Target Audience: Middle and High School Students, College Students, Educators, Faith-based personnel, Community Members
Presenter: Karen Taylor, Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY), Director of Jewish Outreach
The presence of GSA Clubs reduces homophobic bullying and harassment. Using the GSA model in faith-based settings creates an opportunity to reinforce religious principles of inclusion and support. This hands-on workshop will walk you through the steps to organize and create a GSA Club in your church, synagogue, Sunday School, or youth group.
Seeing Ourselves Out: LGBT Visibility in American Film and Television Target Audience: Middle and High School Students, College Students, Educators, Community Members
Presenter: Sarah Hope
Whether it's Kurt or Santana from Glee or activist Harvey Milk, there are GLBT characters and strong role models to be found all over the airwaves and the silver screen. This visibility is an important factor in the advancement of equal rights for GLBT people. This presentation will examine how several popular films and television programs over the last decade have reflected a change in (or perhaps, changed) the way that Americans see and relate to GLBT people, and what we can hope for in the future.
Domestic Violence within the GLBT Community: Past, Present, and Future Target Audience: High School Students, College Students, Professionals, Educators, Health and Human Service Providers, Community Members
Presenter: Trevor Vlahov, Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY), Social Work Intern
Domestic violence continues to be a growing concern within the GLBT community, requiring systematic changes. This workshop will discuss several GLBT domestic violence cases publicized in the media as a means to explore past and present approaches to how the various systems (law enforcement, legal, health and human services, and the media) have or have not supported GLBT victims of domestic violence as well as identifying changes that must be made in order to ensure equal systems of protection and justice.
Working with Transgender People in a Clinical Setting Target Audience: Health and Human Service Providers ONLY
Presenter: Robert Balzarano, LMSW, Long Island GLBT Community Center (The Center), Director of Mental Health Services
This workshop will explore effective and affirming clinical practices for working with people that identify as transgender, while dealing with societal pressures and striving for equality within the family unit, the workplace, and all other areas of one's life. Discussion will include a review of past clinical treatment, current best practices, and projected impact on treatment given the upcoming diagnosis revision in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) 5.
A Local Approach to GLBT Youth Homelessness Target Audience: Educators, Health and Human Service Providers, Community Members
Presenter: Michael Chiappone, LMSW, Pax Christi, Hope House Ministries
40% of homeless youth in the United States are GLBTQ identified. Whether they have been kicked out by homophobic families, forced to flee conservative communities, aged out of foster care, or come from families torn apart by poverty, AIDS, drug abuse or eviction, these youth sleep in cars and “couch surf” across the Island. This workshop will provide the participants with information about the many unique needs of homeless youth and young adults in Suffolk County and will discuss the GLBT homeless population. Participants will also hear valuable information about Pax Cristi Hospitality Center and Hope House Ministries as GLBT affirming homeless/crisis shelters.
Digni-T Presenters: Members of Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth’s (LIGALY’s) Safe Schools Team
Target Audience: Middle and High School Students, College Students, Educators
On July 1st, 2012 The Dignity for all Students Act (DASA) expanded the concepts of dignity and respect for all students to include sexual orientation as well as gender identity and expression. Too often, even in schools that have Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Clubs, the advocacy for the “T” in GLBT is overlooked or even ignored. This workshop will take a closer look at the term ‘dignity’ and what it may look like for transgender students. Participants will leave with a better understanding of what they can do as students, faculty, and administrators to help students that identify under the ‘Transgender Umbrella’ feel more supported.
Know Your [Sexual] Rights Target Audience: Middle and High School Students
Presenter: Members of Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth’s (LIGALY’s) Pride Empowerment Project (PEP) Teams
What do you know about sex ed and your rights to access sexual health services? Want to know even more? This game-show-style workshop will give you and your friends the opportunity to show off your knowledge your rights to HIV/STD testing, age of consent, access to condoms and more! There will be a prize for the winning team.
The HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Where We’ve Come From Target Audience: High School Students, College Students, Educators, Health and Human Service Providers, Community Members
Presenter: Lambert Liu, LMSW, Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY), Health Counselor
This workshop offers participants the opportunity to understand how HIV has impacted the gay community in the United States. Beginning with an historical overview and touching on the political climate and medical attitudes towards HIV and AIDS from the late 1970s to present day, this workshop will discuss how activism from within the community has helped to shape the treatment, care, and prevention landscapes of today. It also addresses populations that are disproportionately affected by the virus. There is a focus on viewing risk through the lens of behaviors rather than identities.
Selecting a GLBT-Affirming College Target Audience: College Students, High School Students
Finding the right college is hard enough already, but when sexual orientation and gender identity comes into play, it tends to get even harder. This panel of GLBT-identified college students will share their experiences in finding a GLBT-affirming college. This panel will help high school students on their path to finding the college that is best suited for them and will help college students make their current schools more GLBT-inclusive and affirming.
The Voices of GLBT Older Adults Target Audience: Health and Human Service Providers, Community Members
Presenter: Irene Tsikitas, MSW, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders – Long Island (SAGE-LI), Director of Adult and Senior Services
As they age, GLBT elders are often forced to choose between facing discrimination as an out GLBT person or going "back into the closet" with families, friends, and providers. This panel discussion features GLBT older adults who were trailblazers for their time and helped pave the way for future generations. Workshop attendees will gain insight into the unique experiences of growing up GLBT and coming out later in life, and best practices for supporting the GLBT aging population.
Developing a Successful GLBT Ally Workshop on Your Campus: Adelphi University's Safe Zone Program Presenter: Anna Zinko and Matthew Jasinski, Adelphi University
Target Audience: High School Students, College Students, Educators
This workshop will prepare participants to develop a successful ally program within their campus or community. Presenters will share the mission of Adelphi University's Safe Zone program, how the program was developed and advertised, and the content included in the program. Presenters will share resources from their Safe Zone program including a script and manual.
Advances in HIV Prevention and Treatment Target Audience: High School Students, College Students, Educators, Health and Human Service Providers, Community Members
Presenters: Elier Reyes, Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY), Director of HIV Prevention Services and Dominick Lettieri, LIGALY, Outreach and Testing Specialist
There have been many advances in HIV prevention, testing, and treatment since the 1980s. This workshop will explore the trajectory of HIV services, including the "Treatment as Prevention" approach and the benefits and challenges of the increased access of HIV testing beyond just medical settings. Participants will also learn about local resources for HIV prevention and testing, as well as opportunities to get involved in helping to stop the spread of HIV on Long Island.
Parent Advocacy Skills for Creating Safer Schools Target Audience: Parents, Middle and High School Students, College Students, Educators, Community Members
Presenter: Long Island Gay Parent Teacher Student Association (LI G-PTSA)
Parents can be effective agents of change in working to create safer schools for GLBT students and families. Members of The Long Island Gay Parent Teacher Student Association (LI G-PTSA), the nation's first chartered gay PTA, will lead this interactive workshop on the skills and strategies parents can use to be advocates for safer schools. Topics to be explored will include responding to anti-GLBT bullying incidents, forming Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Clubs, implementing anti-bullying education programs, GLBT-inclusive curriculum, and more.
Getting Your Message Heard: Public Speaking and Media Tips for Youth Leaders Target Audience: Middle and High School Students, College Students, Community Members
Presenter: Cathy Renna
In order to advance equality, it is important to know the right words and the right ways to communicate in order to “get your message heard.” This workshop will cover the basics of getting your message heard, whether it's in a school assembly, a community meeting, or in the media. Media expert Cathy Renna will give basics on how to present your message, handle resistance, and look confident while you do it.
College and University Administration Professionals Panel Target Audience: Higher Education Professionals, Educators, College Students
This panel, consisting of university educators and other higher education professionals, will discuss the current and future needs of GLBT students in colleges and universities. Panelists will share their challenges, successes, and lessons learned in creating a GLBT-affirming environment on campus. Participants will obtain real-life tips on how to create and sustain an affirming environment at their own college.