Creating a welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ people is an ongoing process, and requires a commitment to continue learning from everyone involved. The LGBTQ+ Culture Center is proud to assist in this process by offering a variety of Training Workshops. Each workshop focuses on a different issue or theme within the LGBTQ+ community. They are suitable both for beginners and more advanced learners.
96%said they learned information that will improve their professional performance
Regardless of previous knowledge, I think this session was incredibly informative and provided a deeper understanding of the different people we may interact with... a safe space where it is okay to be unsure or unfamiliar with the concepts.
The Public Training Series is on pause for the summer. We will return in the fall! In the mean time, please check out recordings of all of our previous PTS sessions (in the menu below), explore other educational resources, or request a session from the Training Outreach Program!
What’s in a label? In this session, explore how labels are used, the blurry boundaries between them, and the ways they can both empower and hinder us.
Learn the basics of gender identity and expression, and the ways they relate to our bodies. Subjects covered include transgender and nonbinary identities, gender expression and androgyny, the basics of gender transition including name and pronoun changes, and intersex variations.
At this workshop you will learn about what it means to be an effective ally and how our own identities and privilege play a role in our advocacy efforts. Be prepared to discuss concrete strategies and practice using some of the concepts discussed during the workshop. All experience levels are welcome.
Examine the personal experiences of LGBTQ+ people, including systemic oppression and discrimination, but also queer joy. Topics discussed will include family conflict, gatekeeping, the legal landscape, and intersectional oppression; as well as gender euphoria, media representation, and queer relationships.
What do anime, Star Wars, and memes have to do with LGBTQ+ issues? We’ll explore the ways that homophobia and transphobia can spread in online spaces by examining the word “trap” used as a slur against transgender women. We’ll also talk about ways that you can advocate for yourself and others online.
Explore intersectionality and the ways it can be used to understand our society and ourselves. We will talk about what intersectionality is, the ways it shows up in society and in our conceptions of self, why activism needs to be intersectional, and other ways of understanding how we view ourselves.
This workshop will provide information about the unique mental health needs that exist within the LGBTQ+ Community. Topics for discussion include resources and advocacy efforts to support the mental health needs of LGBTQ+ students and create gender and sexuality affirming environments.
How is IU supporting its queer students, faculty, and staff? Where is there room to improve, and what is already being done well? We’ll explore the status of LGBTQ+ livelihood at IU, both positives and negatives. This session is co-sponsored by the Queer Student Union Advocacy Committee.
Thanks so much for offering the information in such a clear, straightforward, and engaging way. That’s not easy to do over Zoom and you really succeeded. I have a young teen who just shared that they are transgender...Your warmth and comfort with the topic was really refreshing and reassuring.
I am Ukrainian and I study Theology in Greece...You give us the opportunity to learn how we must live in the world of diversity in order to build a peaceful future together...I am interested in these issues not only because I belong to LGBTQ+, but also because as a theologian I would like to look at these issues later in a theological perspective.