Workshop Block 2: Saturday, October 21 - 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm 

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Technology Roundtable
Build the Future
Facilitated by Shaun Simpkins, PFLAG Portland and Brooke Smith, PFLAG National

Databases, websites, and other technology services can enable your chapter to track members, donations, and the work you do. Even more importantly, using tech tools can help reduce workloads for volunteers and ensure smoother leadership transitions. But it isn’t always easy to learn about new options and implement them with your chapter. This roundtable discussion will give you a chance to ask questions, share information, and network with others who are working to leverage evolving technology to be more effective. Bring your questions and expertise to the roundtable!

Are Bisexuals the Worst? How to See the Invisible
Build the Future
Alex Anders, Bisexual Real Talk and Mary Andres, Psy.D., University of Southern California Rossier School of Education and Bisexual Real Talk|
Salon I

A 2016 CDC study on sexuality and behavior stated that bisexuals outnumber gays and lesbians two to one. When it came out, did you wonder where all of those supposed bisexuals were? The answer is that they are everywhere.The question isn’t whether the statistics about the number of bisexuals are real. It’s whether PFLAG members can see a bisexual if they were standing in front of them asking them for help. This session will help PFLAG members see the individuals most often thought of as the invisible members of the LGBT community and strengthen participants' capacity to be culturally competent allies to bisexual individuals with using representations and dialogue.

Evangelical Tumult and the LGBTQ Community
Build the Future
Paula S Williams, D. Min., RLT Pathways, Inc.
Salon G

As the 2016 election informed us, evangelicals have tremendous political power in some parts of our nation, and they are frightened of the LGBTQ community. Why? This workshop will address issues relevant to PFLAG members and chapters as we learn to better communicate with evangelical churches. What language do we use? What changes can we expect and how do we bring them about? Over 50 percent of LGBTQ individuals identify with a specific religion, and 48 percent identify as Christian. Creating healthy, welcoming, contemporary-style churches has become a priority among post evangelicals. We will talk about the progress being made in forming healthy growing communities of faith in which LGBTQ people can enjoy full membership.

Family Acceptance within Families of Color
Lead by Example
Mrs. Marsha Aizumi, PFLAG San Gabriel Valley, PFLAG National Board and Isolda Atayde, PFLAG National Board
Salon D

Four parents of LGBT children from Asian, Latin, Native American, and African American backgrounds will share their stories of transforming parent’s fear, shame, and guilt into unconditional love and acceptance for their children and the broader LGBTQ community. Participants will discuss the challenges and successes in building acceptance in their families, extended families, and communities that have own unique challenges of cultural and language barriers. Participants will also develop a deeper understanding of family dynamics, gain strategies, resources, and support to create stronger connections within their families and the LGBTQ communities they are part of or serve.

From Yankees to Y'all: Supporting LGBTQ Youth in K-12 Schools
Build the Future
Cameron DJ Ouellette-Cygan; Heather D. Ouellette-Cygan, MFA, GLSEN NH, and Justin Sweatman-Weaver, GLSEN TN
Salon A

In what ways do the school experiences of LGBTQ+ students in the Northeastern and Southern parts of the United States differ? What are the best ways honor local climates and demographics when working to support both students and educators in K-12 schools? Join chapter leaders from GLSEN New Hampshire and GLSEN Tennessee as they present data from the 2015 School Climate Survey, share stories about the experiences of LGBTQ+ youth and the educators who support them, and demonstrate the work they do in their home state’s schools.

Growing a PFLAG Chapter in a Conservative Rural Area
Lead by Example
Penny Connell, PFLAG Blairsville
Salon B

Establishing a PFLAG Chapter in a conservative rural area has its challenges. This workshop will explore the questions that need to be asked and the steps necessary to create and grow a chapter. Participants will leave the session with an understanding that establishing and running a PFLAG chapter in a conservative rural area has challenges and rewards. Participants will learn how to determine the need for a PFLAG chapter, gather members, and locate a safe space to meet. They will also learn how to grow a chapter in a sometimes unfriendly environment while keeping the meeting a safe and loving space.

Hosting a Collaborative Candidate Forum: Strength through Partnership
Lead by Example
Mark Houser, PFLAG Jackson
Salon C

In August, 2016 PFLAG Jackson co-hosted a candidate forum in Jackson, WY. The forum addressed local issues of discrimination, immigration, housing, and social services—topics not otherwise at the forefront of our local campaigns. The partner organizations were One22, which expands access to the underserved in our community, including our substantial Latino population, and, ShelterJH, a housing advocacy organization created by, and advocating for, middle and working class employees. Collectively, we asked probing questions to mayoral, town council and county commissioner candidates, and shared their answers to a pre-forum questionnaire. This workshop will share our successes and challenges and offer a tangible roadmap and post-workshop support so you can create a similar forum in your home community. Change through effective collaboration will be explored.

Lead Legislators to “Yes” With the Family and Business Case
Build the Future
Dale Bernstein, PFLAG National Board of Directors and unCommon Human Resources and Diego Miguel Sanchez, APR, PFLAG National
Salon H

In the current legislative environment, equality can get closer only if we can convert opponents to supporters. PFLAGers can do it, and they've done it before. Learn about, take home, and launch a winning framework model. Participants will learn how PFLAG got a “Yes” vote for LGBT workplace nondiscrimination by a U.S. Senator who formerly opposed the bill. If you don't like the conversation, learn how to change it. This workshop will show you how.

OHSU’s Transgender Health Program: Institutional and Community Transformation
Lead by Example
Jess Guerriero, MSW, and Amy Penkin, Oregon Health & Science University

The Mission of the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) Transgender Health Program is to provide safe, comprehensive, affirming health care for the transgender and gender nonconforming communities. We endeavor to improve the community’s overall well-being through education, research and leadership that responds to the health care needs of transgender and gender nonconforming people. From the perspective of being the only academic health center in the state of Oregon, this workshop will offer a narrative of institutional transformation and statewide leadership as we detail the efforts of community partnerships and transgender/gender non-conforming inclusion in our healthcare, academic, and research missions of OHSU.

What Would You Do?: Inclusive Strategies for PFLAGers in Tough Situations
Build the Future
Jamie Henkel and Jean-Marie Navetta, PFLAG National
Columbia (Lobby Level)

In light of current political realities, active and visible allyship is more significant than ever. But sometimes even the most dedicated advocate can run in to situations where they’re not sure how to react—or whether a reaction is even warranted. In this fun and interactive workshop, participants will discuss great practices for allies who want to be visible, vocal, and active in their communities and show support for their LGBTQ loved ones. They’ll also participate in group activities to discuss how they would navigate common (but tough) scenarios allies face – and do it with kindness and style. Participants will be provided with PFLAG’s Straight for Equality resources to support their work at home.