Many youth will never feel safe enough to come to a drop-in program or actively be "out" by participating in a GSTA in their schools. Those providers who work with LGBTQ youth and their families - health care, mental health, clergy, youth service providers - are the ones who will see these youth in their daily lives. It is critical that these providers understand the challenges faced by these teens and have the tools and referral sources to support and empower them and their families. These providers, who interact with LGBTQ youth on a regular basis, are a critical resource for these youth. They also leverage OUT's limited resources and create a sustainable support system to make the midcoast climate more welcoming.
In the last year, OUT has trained over 500 providers in the midcoast region on supporting LGBTQ youth and their families. With your support, we can double and even triple this number as we expand to other rural regions in Maine.
We have a series of trainings available for youth providers, school staff or student that OUT can present provide. These trainings can be modified for 20 minutes to 2 hours in length to accommodate short in-service time slots or to provide discussions. We can also provide training on other topics. So let us know what you need!
Supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Students in Schools
Confused about terms like "trans", as it applies to your students? Wondering what you can do in your clasroom to make it more inclusive? Come to this workshop to get critical information you need to be a good ally to students.
Most important, you will come away with concrete tools you can use to help these at-risk youth and resources available on an ongoing basis to help you do the best job you can as an educator and leader to our youth.
Gender Identity vs. Sexual Orientation 101
What is the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation? Learn about how the language about sexual orientation and gender identity shifts and changes. Learning how different people use language to create meaning is important, as is using inclusive language.
Do you have transgender students in your classroom or school? Learn about the importance of inclusive language, terminology, pronoun usage, and transgender rights in our schools. The goal of this workshop is to provide faculty, staff and students with information to become allies to the trans population in our schools.
Do you hear terms like FTM or MTF and wonder what they mean? Learn more about being an ally to transgender students by understanding what it means to be transgender, pronoun usage, gender identity, gender expression and other answers.
Making Your Classroom Gender-Inclusive
As educators, there is so much we can do to ensure all students are achieving academically and feeling emotionally and physically safe in our schools. Creating a gender-inclusive environment can help affirm students and allow them to express and expand their interests and build confidence.