Understanding the Community You Serve to be an Effective Ally

Track: Raise Your Voice
Workshop Block 2 – Saturday, October 26 – 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Room: Lester Young A 

This workshop will discuss what it means to truly make space for someone and what showing up as an ally means by considering the different layers of intersectionality our diverse communities face. Many LGBTQI people experience trauma at the hands of their family, their community, the church and our government, both federal and state because of who they are. Experiences mold us into who we are and effect how we are able to make decisions. Similar experiences may affect different people differently. We cannot presume to know what a person is experiencing. It is our role to provide the safe space to work through tough feelings. We will discuss how PFLAG chapters can best show up for families and the LGBTQI people in their communities.

Presenter Bio

2019 Convention - Lorena SotoLorena Soto, PFLAG El Paso

Lorena Soto is a first generation American born in El Paso, TX who proudly identifies as a queer brown woman. As an Air Force veteran, she was afforded the opportunity to experience life outside of her border town. After a few years of travel, she found her way back to El Paso with a new found respect for her desert home. Lorena invested her experience and knowledge in her community by working with nonprofits to better her community. Lorena is a presenter, facilitator and human rights activist. She currently sits on the board of PFLAG El Paso and uses her training experience to create custom presentations for organizations and business throughout El Paso with topics ranging from LGBTQ terminology, LGBTQ customer service, creating an inclusive clinic, sensitivity training, and diversity training. Lorena also facilitates conversations between community members and organizations to develop synergy and encourage teamwork and communication. 

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