Workshop Block 3: Saturday, October 21 - 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm 

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Fundraising Roundtable
Build the Future
Facilitated by Beth Kohm, PFLAG National

Every chapter wants to transform their communities, but getting projects and programs off the ground requires money. How can your chapter find the fund it needs to be effective? From donor strategies to sponsorships, events to asks, the options are endless. This roundtable discussion will give you a chance to ask questions, share information, and network with others who are looking to find new ways to develop fundraising strategies and transform ideas into revenue-generating efforts. Bring your questions and expertise to the roundtable!

Advanced Facilitation Skills: Responding to Support Group Challenges
Build the Future
Jamie Curtis and Brooke Smith, PFLAG National
Columbia (Lobby Level)

Monthly support groups are one of the most honored functions of PFLAG chapters. In this interactive session, participants will quickly review support group basics and the important role of strong facilitators at PFLAG meetings. They’ll also participate in a facilitated group activity to discuss a number of scenarios that PFLAG support groups often experience. Participants will have the opportunity to share how chapters manage pesky (but disruptive) issues like side conversations, over-sharing, and unsolicited advice. Learn more about resources like the PFLAG Chapter Operations Manual, recorded PFLAG Academy Online sessions, and more that may help support group facilitators improve their skills.

Affirmative Parenting: The Important Role Parents Play in Reducing Risk Factors for Transgender and Non-binary Youth
Build the Future
Lisa Kenney, Gender Spectrum
Salon G

We hear all the time that parental support is the most important factor influencing a transgender, non-binary or gender-expansive young person's health and well-being. In this workshop we’ll review some of the data about the risks transgender and non-binary youth face, including suicide, non-suicidal self-injury, depression, and disordered eating. Then we’ll review the research showing the powerful role that parents play in the positive mental health outcomes for transgender and non-binary youth. Presenters will outline concrete actions parents and caregivers can employ as they seek to support the young person in their lives, leaving participants feeling empowered with tangible steps they can take to help their child and/or other parents. Finally, we’ll have an open Q & A time to discuss the questions you have and implications that evolving understandings of gender have for you and your PFLAG experience.

Be the Change: Fortify Partnerships with LGBTQ and Disability Rights
Build the Future
Dara Baldwin, MPA, National Disability Rights Network
Salon B

This session will engage the already existing and flourishing relationship between disability and LGBTQ rights and fortify the advocacy work. People with disabilities are people of color, different races, religion, immigrants, refugees, incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and the LGBTQ community. This session will use multimedia, interactive conversation and advocates will learn about disability rights history, sensitivity, inclusion, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 101 and Intersectionality. There will be a brief overview of some current federal policy concerns. You’ll be provided resources and information for “changemaking toolboxes” to increase coalition building. We’ll also discuss disability rights and how disability laws can be used to assist with protecting the rights of the LGBTQ community.

Being a Leader in Difficult Times without Becoming a Victim
Lead by Example
Robert N. Minor, The Fairness Project
Salon D

Columnist Molly Ivins said to activists, “Above all have fun.” At this time with political setbacks and the rise in national polarities and aggressive ant-LGBT forces, being an activist and leader is even more likely to be tedious, exhausting, unthanked, facing hostility, lonely, and personally destructive. Leadership raises personal issues, must confront criticism, and face movement division. This workshop, for activists at all levels, analyzes these events and our reactions in order to become more effective while we take care of ourselves and make our activism an experience of personal growth. Participants receive a copy of the latest edition of Dr. Minor’s booklet, Burnout, Blowout and Breaking Up.

Creating Trans-Respectful Spaces in Law Enforcement
Lead by Example
Erika Anne Laurentz, J.D., Beth Rietema, WA Dept. of Corrections, and James Ritter, Seattle PD
Salon H

Cis-normative procedures create serious problems for trans and gender non-conforming people in many organizations, including in law enforcement. The panel discusses the challenges and successes of creating trans-inclusive procedures in three agencies: Olympia PD, Seattle PD, and the WA Department of Corrections. Using Department of Justice legal briefs, relevant court decisions, and the Prison Rape Elimination Act, the panelists successfully changed procedures to respectfully support transgender people interacting with and within the criminal justice system. The panel provides a model for creating change in organizations where cis-normative procedures create barriers to transgender and gender non-conforming people.

LGBTQ Aging: What You Need to Know
Build the Future
Gary Michovich and Kathleen M. Sullivan, Ph.D., Jewish Family and Child Services
Salon A

Older LGBTQ people today came of age in the most openly hostile and homophobic time in our nation's history. A real and constant threat of being arrested, outed, institutionalized against their will and being labeled sick and mentally ill were all part of the lived experience. Fear of institutions, the medical community and mainstream providers of care create barriers to services that our community can help tear down. When older LGBTQ adults are in environments where they feel accepted, safe and have a sense of belonging they thrive. Learn about innovative supportive programming for your city that connect generations and honor those upon whose shoulders our movement for full equality stand.

Promoting Safety, Inclusion and Well-Being for LGBTQ Youth
Raise Your Voice
Vincent Pompei, Ed.D., Human Rights Campaign Foundation
Salon I

The LGBTQ community has made progress toward legal equality, yet the deck continues to be stacked against young people growing up LGBTQ in America. The impacts of family rejection, bullying, and daily concern for safety weigh heavily on our youth. This workshop will discuss the current state of LGBTQ young people, resources available, best practices that make a positive difference. In particular, this workshop will benefit those who wish to build cultural competency and improve advocacy efforts to create safe and inclusive schools for LGBTQ students.

Raising Zoey: Film and Q&A
Raise Your Voice
Dante Alencastre, California LGBT Arts Alliance/Somos Familia; Ofelia Barba, and Zoey Luna

Raising Zoey is the coming of age story of a transgender teen on a journey to find her voice — as a daughter, sister, student and activist. The film covers topics pertaining to growing up trans in a working-class Latino home, and the intersectionality of the family addresses subjects like immigration, early transitioning, knowing your rights at school as a trans/GNC student, navigating medical insurance, community support, early medical support, suicide prevention, empowerment, and peer to peer advocacy. Following a screening of the 50-minute documentary, there will be Q&A time with Ofelia Barba and Zoey Luna as well as filmmaker Dante Alencastre.

The Equality Project: Advancing Anti-Discrimination Protections around the Country
Raise Your Voice
Ben Panico, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Salon C

Despite incredible advances in LGBTQ equality, many LGBTQ people and their families still face discrimination based on who they are or whom they love. While there is a the decisive trend of federal court holdings that discrimination against LGBT people is a form of sex discrimination, 32 states still fail to include sexual orientation and gender identity as expressly protected categories under state nondiscrimination laws. This workshop will allow you to take this message home and help protect your local LGBTQ community. Help spread the word that legal recourse exists for anyone facing discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, no matter where in the United States they live.