These Queer Issues Symposium

Modern Families: Incorporating LGBTQ+ families in the classroom community

These Queer Issues Symposium (TQIS) aims to help ally’s, leaders, teachers and admin in supporting the wellness of LGBTQ+ folks. This can help teachers with LGBTQ+ children, and understanding queer family needs or their value to the classroom. Participants will leave feeling empowered to create a welcoming environment for their queer students or employees, and armed with having tools to support their queer family and friends. with resources for ensuring more queer representation in the classroom; tangible ways in which to support queer families; and deeper understanding of queer issues and concerns (current terminology, notable history, and current concerns).

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  • Stages of Sexual Identity Development: Why do some people know they are queer and some do not? How and why do some people need to “Come Out”?

The stages from exploration of sexuality awareness, preferences, expression to the commitment of one’s sexual identities are explained and discussed in this lecture

  • Sex, Sexuality and Gender: Breaking Down the Differences

An introduction to the rainbow, with topics including sexuality development and gender identity or expression. A deep dive into what the gender and sexuality spectrum look like and how they intersect.

  • Parent Seminar: Understanding the LGBTQ+ child’s identity development and resources for the family

Long before a person comes out, they may go through several stages of identity development. For a child , acknowledging or understanding their sexuality and gender may be affected by biological factors and social stigmas they are subjected to. Parents may want to help guide them but not know how. This interactive lecture helps with that.

  • Stigma and Discrimination

If you have never understood how internalized homophobia is formed, what exactly it means to be part of a stigmatized group, and how that creates discrimination, then this lecture is for you.

  • Allyship and Advocacy: A Welcoming Schools Approach

This presentation discusses the differences between an ally, an advocate, and how students and faculty can be either or both. The best practices for supporting gender and sexual minority groups will be presented and discussed as a group. An inventory self-check list will be presented for creating a safe and inclusive space.

  • Seeing the Rainbow: Addressing Bias and Prejudice

An exploration of how bias forms, how it creates minority stress. A discussion on what minority stress looks like in a school district for both students and faculty, and how bias can unknowingly add to systemic oppressive practices. A voluntary self-assessment, which will not be shared with anyone, will be given to aid in their self-reflection process and make this invisible thinking process more visible.

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Lori Sweetman, CLC, MA

Warren County, New Jersey

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About Mx. Lori Sweetman, MA, CLC

Mx. Lori Sweetman is director of Include LGBTQ Empowered Life Coaching and Consulting, and an expert and advocate for the LGBTQ community. Lori devotes their life to helping people feel empowered in their gender and sexuality, and thereby confident in living as their authentic self, freely and openly. People who reach out for life coaching with Lori may be feeling disconnected with who they are, confused or overwhelmed with what to do once they've realized their life is not aligned with their relationship, gender, or sexual orientation. People who have gone through coaching with Lori come out feeling happier and more fulfilled, sexually empowered, have improved their relationships and lessened their anxiety. As a non-binary, polyamorous lesbian who came out later in life and is now living openly and freely, Lori can truly connect with their clients and develop the safe space to support them in discovering what it is they want in this one life they get to live. Include LGBTQ is primarily a coaching organization, working with families and individuals to feel empowered in their gender and sexuality, overcome life obstacles, and craft a happy life as their authentic self. Lori will cater to the LGBTQ+ community, and their families. Include LGBTQ works with teens and their parents or adults seeking support reaching their goals and improving their overall happiness. Lori will provides educational workshops, training, and speak on inclusivity and LGBTQ+ topics for podcasts, organizations, and corporate leaders.

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