PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.
Strengths-Based Collaboration with LGBTQ+ Young People of Color
Track: Raise Your Voice
Workshop Block 4: Sunday, October 27 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room: Big Joe Turner B
With increasing awareness of the inequities facing LGBTQ+ young people, the number of advocates working to address these disparities continues to rise. The growing prevalence of initiatives designed to specifically support LGBTQ+ communities offers more opportunities for collaborating with the young people participating in them. Yet, how do these efforts account for the increased marginalization experienced by youth who are both LGBTQ+ and people of color? In this workshop, attendees will learn how genuinely creating space for leadership and collaboration from LGBTQ+ young people with multifaceted and intersecting identities not only benefits the participants and strengthens initiatives, it also redefines and expands of the functions of leadership to honor a diversity of strengths, competencies, and contributions.
Ian Khara Ellasante, Bates College
Ian Khara Ellasante, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at Bates College. Ian is a community-engaged cultural studies scholar and advocate for LGBTQ+ communities, having worked on behalf of and alongside LGBTQ+ young people for over a decade.