Get comfortable with the basics of definition of LGBTQ terms, appropriate language, deconstruction of stereotypes, and learn to understand aspects of identity, address concerns such as bullying, and more specialized issues. Rachel from Pride Center of WNY provides concrete information and real-world examples to enlighten attendees in ways that lead to a more equal, affirming, and productive environment. You will feel prepared to assist your patrons with LGBTQ resources and material and create a safer space in your library!
* Lunch will be provided.
Born and raised in western NY, Rachel began her work with Having Empowered Leaders as Peers (HELP) in high school to help spread HIV awareness. While attending SUNY at Buffalo for her BA in Psychology, she became involved with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Alliance (LGBTA), being voted onto the executive board and then as president for two years. While at UB she also began educational programming and support groups and became a founding student representative of the Diversity Committee’s Gender and Sexual Orientation sub-committee. Rachel’s work at the Pride Center is now centered around LGBTQ cultural competency trainings and helping to design programming for the aging population. Outside of the center you can find her working behind the scenes with the Brazen-Faced Varlets, a local women’s theater company, or at the park with her springer doodle, Maggie.