Project THRIVE Webinars

Register for upcoming webinars covering various topics on how to support LGBTQ+ youth in your community.

Upcoming Webinars

Supporting and Caring for Transgender and Non-Binary Children: A Parent's Perspective

October 28, 2021 | 2:00-3:15 pm ET

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Supporting and Caring for Transgender and Non-Binary Children: A Parent's Perspective

2021 has been an extremely challenging year for transgender and non-binary youth, with legislative attacks on gender affirming medical care and sports inclusion, and many other vitriolic debates in pop culture. This webinar will feature a panel of diverse parents of trans and non-binary children ranging in age from 10 to 16, and will provide insight to educators and other youth-serving professionals on the firsthand experiences of parents have as they navigate schools, healthcare, and other social and support services for their children. They will share about their respective journeys to understand their child's gender identity, their approaches to providing a safe, supportive family environment, and what they and their children most need and want from educators, providers, and other youth-serving professionals. The webinar will address the impact of intersectional identities on their child's well-being, such as how being Black, Latinx, or Asian interplays with being trans or non-binary, and how current systems are falling short in addressing the multiple identities and needs of their children.

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Teaching LGBTQ+ History - A Past Reclaimed: How Youth-Serving Professionals Can Prepare for an Inclusive and Educational LGBTQ+ History Month

October is LGBTQ+ History Month, which provides a powerful opportunity for educators and youth-serving professionals to both learn about and teach their young people about LGBTQ+ history in America. Facilitators Rick Oculto (he/him/his), Education Manager at Our Family Coalition and Erik Adamian (he/him/his), Education Director at ONE Archives Foundation will share strategies for advocating for and implementing inclusive education. This webinar will include best practices for teaching inclusive LGBTQ+ history and social science, discuss prominent figures and events, and practice methods of applying an LGBTQ+ lens to history that is already being taught. This webinar will be geared towards teachers, educators, after-school professionals, and other youth-serving professionals who work closely with young people. History has often been told through the perspective of the privileged which has made the presence of queer history mostly unknown. This webinar and its presenters are dedicated to interrupting this narrative and acknowledging the necessity of discussing the intersecting cultures and identities within queer history and working towards a just, anti-sexist, and anti-racist framework within education.

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Back to School: How K-12 Educators can Foster an LGBTQ+ Inclusive School Environment

As K-12 educators prepare for a new school year, many are looking to start off the school year right with inclusive practices that will create safe and welcoming environments for LGBTQ+ students. In this webinar, retired 32-year veteran public school educator and Welcoming Schools Expert Trainer, Toni Smith (she/her), will be joined by a panel of HRC Youth Ambassadors, including Luke Chacko (they/he/she), Nico Craig (he/they), and Ash Silcott (they/them) to discuss what top actions K-12 staff can take to center inclusivity and create a safe and welcoming environment for all LGBTQ+ students.

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Cultivating Pride for LGBTQ Youth

In recognition of Pride Month, Project THRIVE’s June webinar will focus on how to cultivate pride for LGBTQ youth throughout the year. According to HRC’s LGBTQ Youth Report, 67% of LGBTQ youth hear their families make negative comments about LGBTQ people and only 13% say they hear positive messages about LGBTQ people in school. Anti-LGBTQ bias and stigma, along with high rates of rejection negatively impact their ability to thrive in school and beyond. Educators, counselors, and other youth-serving professionals have the opportunity to proactively create environments that are safe, welcoming, and affirming of LGBTQ youth while cultivating a sense of pride in their identities. In this webinar, the American School Counselor Association’s 2019 School Counselor of the Year, Brian Coleman, will facilitate a panel discussion with diverse LGBTQ youth to discuss what Pride means to them and how youth-serving professionals can promote and celebrate LGBTQ identities every day.

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LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Youth Panel

Being a member of the Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans (APIDA) community and belonging somewhere on the sexual orientation and gender spectrum is a complicated issue for many APIDA individuals. The intersectionality of race, immigration status, gender identity and/or sexual orientation, class, and religion can make coming out a fraught and challenging process. As APIDA folks, we rely on our communities and family of origin to provide support during challenging times and the coming out process can cause us to lose our support. This webinar will focus on some of these challenges, explore their impact on mental health, and identify ways to navigate these challenges with a panel of APIDA LGBTQ youth.

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Helping Support Staff Better Serve LGBTQ+ Youth (April 22, 2021)

LGBTQ+ youth are significantly more likely to experience family rejection, violence, and abuse. As a result, they are over-represented and under-served in the child welfare system. With up to 7 times more placements than their straight and cisgender peers in foster care, these young people often experience both complex trauma and educational deficits. These experiences can dramatically reduce their opportunities for successful young adulthood. This workshop will explore ways that you, as a school counselor, social worker, or psychologist, can make a difference.

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Bisexual+ Youth: Challenging Stigma and Reducing Disparities

The number of young people identifying as bi+ is increasing dramatically, and it’s not easy being bi+. Bi+ youth face higher rates of suicidality and intimate partner violence and are less connected to support and resources than their lesbian and gay counterparts. We will look at population and disparities data, with attention to the experiences of bi+ youth of color and the impact of holding multiple marginalized identities. Next, we will explore messages and stigma that surround this community, and clarify what it means to identify with a non-binary sexuality. Finally, we will discuss strategies for supporting youth with non-binary sexualities. Click here to access the slide deck.

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When Someone Comes Out: A Guide for Youth-Serving Professionals, Parents, & Caregivers

The term “coming out” has become so mainstream that many people assume that it is simple. In this session, participants will learn about what it means to come out, some of the ways that living authentically positively affects the lives of people who are LGBTQ+, and the power and impact of supportive families, schools, workplaces, and communities. We will also discuss many of the cultural expectations around coming out in the US and the disparate impact those expectations have on BIPOC and trans/nonbinary youth. Finally PFLAG will share recommendations for individuals working with youth who are planning to come out, as well as for allies who want to do all they can to celebrate and support youth that have recently come out as LGBTQ+.

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LGBTQ Youth Sexual Health

LGBTQ youth face unique challenges in their sexual, physical, and mental health as compared to their peers, and the lack of LGBTQ-inclusive sexual health education is a driving factor. This panel, featuring experts and LGBTQ youth, will cover important topics such as the need for inclusive curriculum and programs, addressing HIV among LGBTQ youth, and domestic, dating, and sexual violence among LGBTQ youth. The panel will address the need for comprehensive, inclusive sexual health education, and provide tools to help youth-serving professionals better support LGBTQ youth with HIV, and youth experiencing intimate partner violence.

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Youth Beyond the Binary: A Conversation on Non-Binary Identities

This webinar will open with background on non-binary identities and lead into a panel discussion with four non-binary young people who will discuss what their gender means to them - and how these identities overlap and compound with the many other identities they hold. Panelists will offer their perspectives to youth-serving professionals, and share what it looks like to be affirmed at school, in places of worship, in health care providers’ offices, and beyond. They will address common misconceptions about non-binary youth, and celebrate the joy and beauty of being non-binary.

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A Spotlight on LGBTQ Youth: Results from the YRBS Data Summary and Trends Report: 2009-2019 (Available 10/26/20)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) is the only surveillance system designed to monitor a wide range of priority health risk behaviors among representative samples of U.S. high school students. National, state, and large urban school district surveys are conducted every two years among high school students throughout the United States. This webinar will describe trends in these behaviors and experiences of adolescents, and highlight differences among sexual minority youth and their non-sexual minority peers. The webinar will also cover these trends for trans and non-binary youth, and also provide a discussion on the practical implications of this data.
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Working with Latinx LGBTQ Youth

Latinx LGBTQ youth face a myriad of barriers based on their lived experiences, which can differ greatly. There are several factors that play into the experiences of Latinx LGBTQ youth, such as immigration status, current and historical cultural dynamics based on their familial country of origin, family dynamics, as well as religious background and faith adherence. This webinar will cover how these factors impact Latinx LGBTQ youth, how to navigate familial rejection, and cover some of HRC's Latinx-focused resources: the Latinx LGBTQ Youth Report, Coming Out: Living Authentically as LGBTQ Latinx Americans, and Coming Home to Catholicism and Self.
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Putting Intersectionality Into Practice (August 20, 2020)

This Project THRIVE webinar will introduce participants to intersectionality -- a theory that calls on us to recognize that oppressions are linked and cannot be resolved alone -- and how it informs our efforts to affirm, welcome, and empower all young people. The devastating impact of COVID-19 on marginalized communities and the national protests against white supremacy and police brutality serve as stark reminders for the urgency of our work supporting young people as they navigate multiple systems of oppression. In a new Project THRIVE video, participants will hear directly from HRC Youth Ambassadors discussing intersectionality and how those caring for youth can put it into practice.
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LGBTQ+ Young People of Color: Healing from Racism and Cultivating Liberation During COVID-19 and Uprisings Against Anti-Black Racism (July 30, 2020)

In this webinar, the presenters explore ways mental health providers can support LGBTQ+ young people of color identify and externalize the impacts of anti-BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) racism while also cultivating their own empowerment and liberation. In doing so, the presenters invite providers to deeply reflect on how the COVID-19 pandemic and protests against anti-Black racism provide mental health providers a different lens to examine our own internalization of racism, anti-LGBTQ+ bias, and other interlocking oppressions that influence mental health service provision.
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LGBTQ Youth Homelessness 101 (June 18, 2020)

This 101 training provides an overview of the unique needs and experiences of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. Going beyond statistics, this session looks at the ways in which systemic oppression shapes the ways in which LGBTQ navigate our homelessness systems, and provides concrete ways to provide equitable, affirming services.
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An Intersectional Understanding of the Mental Health of LGBTQ Youth from The Trevor Project (May 21, 2020)

In this webinar, we leverage data from multiple sources including The Trevor Project's groundbreaking 2019 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health to help participants better understand the lives of LGBTQ youth through the lenses of sexual orientation, gender identity, race/ethnicity, and age. Findings will highlight the ways youth with intersecting identities experience discrimination, victimization, and rejection, as well as how these experiences impact depressed mood and suicidality.
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From Research to Practice: Building Healthy Futures for LGBTQ Children & Youth (April 23, 2020)

Families can learn to support LGBTQ children and youth – even when they believe that being gay or transgender is wrong. This webinar focuses on supporting LGBTQ youth in the context of their families to decrease family rejection and serious health risks and promote acceptance and well-being. Dr. Caitlin Ryan, director of the Family Acceptance Project talks about establishing the field of family acceptance and her research and work with ethnically, racially, and religiously diverse families with LGBTQ children that is changing how families nurture LGBTQ children and youth and how services are provided across systems of care.
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Navigating Systems at the Intersection of Race, Class, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities (February 27, 2020)

This webinar highlights some of the research and lived experiences of youth with diverse sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression (SOGIE) and their experiences, historically and contemporarily, within family systems and systems of care.
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Putting Research to Work: Strategies That Help LGBTQ Youth THRIVE! (January 23, 2020)

In the last decade, there has been a dramatic growth in research on LGBTQ+ youth and their well-being. There is more knowledge than ever about the strategies that make a difference for creating safe and supportive schools and communities, and promote mental health for LGBTQ+ youth. This workshop reviews key findings from this body of research, and identifies ways to use research to make the case for policy and practice change to support LGBTQ+ youth well-being.
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