course »The Letters of Equality: LGBTQ+ Addressing and Avoiding Microaggressions: Becoming a Courageous and Compassionate Communicator

Date: 3/7/2018, 9:00 am—3:30 pm
County: Alameda County
CEUs: 5.5
Location: Oakland
Sponsor: Fred Finch Youth & Family Services
Phone: 510-482-2244
The Letters of Equality course will explore the evolution of the LGTBQ+ community. We will highlight key components of the gay rights movement as it pertains to the advocacy for gay, lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals, and questioning/queer people. The course will identify important terminology associated with sexual orientation and gender expression as we start to become comfortable in the use of pronouns which provides a more inclusive environment for all people. Participants will engage in the exploration of the many issues that the LGBTQ+ community face as we access our own biases associated with this population. This course will include a discussion on how our behavior’s and lack of understanding can impact the safety and well-being of this protected class. Lastly, we will broaden our capacity for competency by implementing strategies to increase our cultural awareness, using the RIR protocol. The RIR Protocol (Recognize, Interrupt, and Repair) will help stop the cycle of bias behaviors and attitudes that marginalize the LGBTQ+ community.