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+.
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.
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.