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pride training creating inclusive environments for working with youth

PRIDE TRAINING: Creating inclusive environments for working with youth

Leo Kattari, MSW

Colorado Youth Matter

disclosure statement
Disclosure Statement
  • There are no conflicts of interest or restrictions (including off-label use disclosure) related to this presentation and/or related materials

Leo Kattari, MSW

CASBHC 2013 Annual Conference

May 2, 2013

introductions
Introductions
  • Name
  • What do you do?
  • Preferred pronoun (masculine, feminine, gender neutral)
  • What do you hope to get out of this workshop?
dialogue guidelines
Dialogue Guidelines
  • Participate
  • Respect
  • Open and honest communication
  • Confidentiality
  • Experiment with new ideas/ challenge assumptions
  • Seek to understand or agree to disagree
  • Step forward/step back

*No experts!

review of terminology
Review of Terminology

Alphabet Soup:

the power of language
The Power of Language
  • 86% Verbally harassed.
  • 44% Physically harassed.
  • 61% Feel unsafe at school.
  • 22% Report being physically assaulted.

GLSEN and Harris Interactive (2012).  Playgrounds and Prejudice: Elementary School Climate in the United States, A Survey of Students and Teachers.  New York: GLSEN

queer umbrella
Queer Umbrella
  • Encompasses various sexual orientations and gender identities.
  • Originated as a derogatory term, has been reclaimed.
  • Not everyone uses the term (can depend on age, background, geographic region, etc).
  • Some folks do identify as queer.
sexual orientation sexual identity
Sexual Orientation & Sexual Identity
  • Sexual Orientation:
    • Emotional and physical attraction and expression of that attraction
    • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Straight, etc
  • Sexual Identity:
    • How a person identifies their own sexual orientation
    • I am… straight, queer, bi, gay, etc
  • Identity, orientation and behavior may not always be congruent
    • Homophobia, labels don’t tell all, etc
genderwhat
GenderWHAT?!

What messages have you received about

what it means to be a boy or a girl?

beyond the box
Beyond the Box

BOYS:

Tough

Strong

Don’t show emotion

Good with Technology

Angry

Assertive

Athletic

Can fix things

Smart – Math/Science

GIRLS:

Docile

Nurturing/Caring

Good at cooking/cleaning

Emotional

Care-takers

Weak

Can’t be assertive

Helpless

Pretty/Beautiful

experiences of gender non conforming youth
Experiences of Gender Non-Conforming Youth
  • More likely to be called names, made fun of or bullied
  • Twice as likely to have mean rumors spread about them
  • Three times more likely to be cyber bullied
  • Less likely to feel safe at school
  • More likely to not go to school because of fear.
  • 64% verbally harassed
  • 27% physically harassed
  • 13% assaulted
  • 62% do not report incidents in school because they don’t think action will be taken or things will get worse
  • 34% of students who do report say nothing happen in response.
  • GLSEN and Harris Interactive (2012).  Playgrounds and Prejudice: Elementary School Climate in the United States, A Survey of Students and Teachers.  New York: GLSEN
  • Kosciw, J. G., Greytak, E. A., Diaz, E. M., and Bartkiewicz, M. J. (2010). The 2009 National School Climate Survey: The experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in our nation’s schools. New York: GLSEN.
sex does not equal gender
Sex does not equal Gender
  • Biological Sex
  • Gender Identity
  • Gender Expression
  • Sexual Orientation is NOT Gender Identity.
what you can do
What You Can Do

Image credit: www.everybodysgood.com

you can influence change
You Can Influence Change

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. (2012). Youth Sexual Health in Colorado: A Call to Action. Denver, CO

policies systems
Policies & Systems
  • Non-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression at all levels (federal, state, local, organizational).
  • DOMA & Prop 8 type laws.
  • Hate crime laws and prevention.
  • Bullying prevention laws and policies.
  • Homelessness policies and shelter policies.
community
Community
  • Inclusive forms (preferred name, preferred pronouns, fill in options for sexual orientation and gender).
  • Gender neutral bathrooms and locker rooms.
  • Develop an internal guidelines for staff and youth who come out as transgender/plan on transitioning.
  • Create inclusive signs and other marketing materials.
  • Hire LGBTIQ staff or don’t encourage LGBTIQ staff to be closeted.
  • Train staff on LGBTIQ inclusivity (and youth).
  • Make sure all youth feel safe by promoting safety, respect and a clear and consistent system for preventing and responding to bullying, discrimination and abusive behaviors.
  • Convene a group of young people who want to address inclusivity and acceptance.
family and relationships
Family and Relationships
  • Not all parents/families are accepting of their LGBTIQ children. Be a blue star.
  • Educate yourself about what’s happening in LGBTIQ communities and how you can support them as an ally.
  • Being LGBTIQ is just one piece of that person’s identity (think of your pie chart).
  • Advocate and vote for leaders who support ALL youth.
  • Meet with local agencies, organizations and elected officials.
  • Ask ALL colleagues and youth you work with for preferred name and preferred pronouns.
  • Avoid labels and assumptions.
  • Remember the difference between identity and behavior.
  • Respect identities, even if they don’t fit your perceptions.
  • Talk openly with your supervisor and colleagues about how the organization can improve on LGBTIQ inclusivity .
  • Call out LGBTIQ-phobic remarks as soon as you hear them.
all young people deserve
All Young People Deserve :
  • To learn about various sexual and gender identities.
  • A safe and supportive environment.
  • To have a trusted and askable adult in their life.
  • Access to resources that are free from stigma and shame.
  • To be confident and comfortable with who they are.
ignite boulder that s so gay
Ignite Boulder – That’s so gay
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gxs78C3XGok
thank you
Thank YOU!

ASK ME QUESTIONS:

Leo Kattari

Training and Education Manager

Colorado Youth Matter

[email protected]

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