Workshop Block 1: Saturday, October 21 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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Communications Roundtable
Build the Future
Facilitated by Liz Owen, PFLAG National

It’s important for a PFLAG chapter to get started, but once it’s there, how do people know about it? How can you be visible in your community? What’s the role of social media and websites in keeping people engaged and informed? What strategies are working for chapters? This roundtable discussion will give you a chance to ask questions, share information, and network with others who are focused on ensuring their chapters are being seen and heard. Bring your questions and expertise to the roundtable!

A la Familia
Raise Your Voice
Lisbeth M. Melendez Rivera, Human Rights Campaign
Salon C

“A la Familia” brings together [email protected] family members of LGBT people and [email protected] LGBT people to develop relationships and movement building strategies around the intersection of race, faith, sexual orientation, and gender identity in our communities. As we encounter faith based bigotry, right wing attacks and targeting, “A la Familia” brings together members of faith communities to support and respond directly and powerfully to faith based bigotry. “A la Familia” serves to increase the active participation of current and potential Christian-based allies to increase their visibility. This is a step towards building a cadre of people building a community, a movement towards justice and equality. Join us for this interactive movement building session at the intersection of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, faith, and familia.

A Progressive View of the Bible
Build the Future
John Arthur Oda, PFLAG National Board, Ordained Clergy Member of the United Methodist Church
Salon G

To be gay, lesbian or transgender and Christian can sometimes seem like an oxymoron. It is not. This workshop will look at the seven passages in the Bible which have spawned much of the homophobia in this country. We will begin to understand why some religious people and their MIS-interpretations of the Bible are dangerous. The workshop is intended for people who wish to learn more about where homophobia was born, it is for Christians, non-Christians, atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, and Jews, and everyone in between. The goal will be recognize that to be Christian and a member of the LGBT community is not in conflict but in complete alignment.

Building Coalitions to Preserve Non-Discrimination Protections in Your Community
Lead by Example
Kim Sogge, Pride Foundation and De Stewart, Vice President PFLAG Southwest Washington,  Advocacy Specialist YWCA Clark County
Salon H

Coalitions of social service organizations can do powerful work advocating for the needs of the LBGTQ community. This presentation will talk about the success of PFLAG Southwest Washington joining together with other social services organizations in Clark County Washington to form a chapter of Washington Safe Alliance, a public education group working to defend Washington's longstanding non-discrimination protections. We’ll share ideas for community development, how to get stakeholders on board, how to share information and resources as well as effective event planning strategies. There will also be time for brainstorming coalition building strategies with fellow conference attendees.

Cultivating Pride and Joy with Families in Transition
Build the Future
Elijah C. Nealy, PhD, M.Div., LCSW, University of Saint Joseph and Metropolitan Community Church
Salon D

Navigating a child’s gender transition is uncharted territory for most families. Despite increasing trans visibility, few know transgender people within their personal networks and many parents and grandparents came of age when gender identity and biological sex were assumed synonymous. Coupled with lingering beliefs about trans identity as psychiatric illness or sin, stereotypes of trans people as unstable and unable to succeed in life, and fears about discrimination and violence, many families struggle when their transgender child comes out. Recognizing family acceptance as essential to young adult wellbeing, this workshop offers practical strategies for your chapter to support families of trans youth. We will also explore ways our own emotional reactions to the struggles of other parents can interfere with empathy and limit our effectiveness.

Effectively Sharing Your Story to Transform Hearts and Minds
Raise Your Voice
Jean-Marie Navetta, PFLAG National
Columbia (Lobby Level)

Every PFLAGer has a story. But knowing how to shape and tell that story effectively is a skill that separates the simple storytellers from the real changemakers. From telling coming out tales to talking about trans inclusion, taking on tough policy issues to communicating why you’re an ally, effectively told stories shift the focus from the abstract to the personal, even for the most resistant audiences. This highly interactive session will teach you how to pick your best personal stories, develop them into engaging, must-hear narratives, and deploy effective messaging strategies to create common ground with potential allies. Participants will have an opportunity to practice stories and get key feedback to sharpen their skills to become fierce advocates for equality.

Exposed & Naked: The Doctor is “Out”!
Raise Your Voice
Mary E Bartlett, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, AAHIVs, Linfield School of Nursing
Salon B

The health issues we face as members of the LGBTQI community are complex and rarely a part of mainstream medical or nursing education. If our providers of health services are not educated to meet our needs, how are we to ask questions that affect our health? This session will answer many basic questions about the health needs of our community from safer sex to recommended screenings to the basics of HIV care. Ask the questions you would want to ask your primary care provider or specialist and get answers that you can understand. Education and knowledge are power. Understanding your health and the health of those you love is essential to make change in the curriculum of the next generation of health care providers.

Family Acceptance Project: Helping Conservative Families Support their LGBT Children
Build the Future
Caitlin C Ryan, Family Acceptance Project
Salon I

The Family Acceptance Project® (FAP) has conducted the first comprehensive research and developed the first evidence-based family support model to help ethnically and religiously diverse families learn to support their LGBT children. FAP’s approach helps families from all backgrounds—including socially and religiously conservative families—to change family rejecting behaviors that FAP’s research shows contribute to serious health risks like suicide, substance abuse, homelessness, etc. and to increase accepting behaviors that help promote well-being. FAP’s family support approach is changing how LGBT children are cared for and how services are provided to LGBT children and youth across systems of care.

I Am Jazz: A Book Intended to Start Conversations
Lead by Example
Jessica Herthel

When Jessica Herthel wrote the groundbreaking children's book, I Am Jazz, with transgender teen Jazz Jennings back in 2014, she was writing it as much for her own three cisgender daughters as she was for LGBTQ youth. Here Jessica explains the origins of the book, and shares the lessons of how she went from being an LGBTQ ally in her personal life to being an advocate for transgender youth and their families on a national stage.

When Caring Hurts: Compassion Fatigue and a Path to Wellness
Lead by Example
Juli Stratton, North Idaho Pride Alliance and PFLAG Idaho State Coordinator
Salon A

Whatever your role is in PFLAG, you have a helping role. The common denominators of all PFLAG leaders include commitment, compassion, and acts of caring. Compassion Fatigue is a common issue that natural helpers and PFLAG leaders experience. When compassion fatigue sneaks up on us and goes untreated, we can start down a destructive path for ourselves and for our organizations. Symptoms of compassion fatigue affect both individuals and the organizations in which they work. This workshop will look at the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue as well as the consequences. Through informal and interactive activities, participants will gain awareness of compassion fatigue in their lives and will and learn critical tools that will move them along the path to wellness.