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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


What have you heard about the term
What have you heard about the term


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.


Image credit: www.itspronouncedmetrosexual.com



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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