Community Groups

Many college student organizations, service groups, religious congregations, and other community groups seek to be more welcoming to the LGBTQ community. Additionally, LGBTQ groups are also searching for ways to be more affirming of the diverse experiences within the community.

The Pride Center’s presentations and workshops use storytelling and dialogue to assist community groups in enhancing the experiences of their members and in creating welcoming environments for all LGBTQ people. Our nationally-known facilitators are experts in providing education and thought-provoking presentations for groups seeking to improve their services for LGBTQ individuals and community.

To request a training or workshop, please contact our Executive Director at mharvey [at] capitalpridecenter [dot] org.

 

Training & Education Services are designed for a variety of Community Group audiences, including:

  • College Student Organizations
  • LGBTQ Groups
  • Service Groups
  • Religious Congregations
  • …and more!

Our Clients Include:

  • Capital District Humanist Society
  • First Presbyterian Church of Albany
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Northeast LGBT Conference
  • Skidmore – Center for Sex & Gender Relations
  • SUNY Albany – Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program
  • …and more!

Customization
Once scheduled, each presentation and workshop is then individualized by our professional staff facilitators to meet the group’s unique needs. Customized presentations and workshops not found below are also available by request.

Length of Presentations and Workshops
Our presentations and workshops require two hours minimum to build a baseline of knowledge. The Pride Center often receives feedback from audience members expressing the need for more time. When scheduling a training or presentation, we recommend considering provided more than the required minimum to allow for the greatest impact.

Pride Center Information Presentations
Each presentation and workshop includes a brief overview of the programs and services available through the Pride Center of the Capital Region. Additionally, our 15-30 minute Pride Center Information Presentations are also available at no cost for agencies, businesses, and community groups seeking to learn more about the many programs and services we offer.

Presentation and Workshop Fees
To receive a quote, please contact Lyndon Cudlitz, Training and Education Manager at 518-462-6138 x16 or lcudlitz [at] capitalpridecenter [dot] org.

 

PRESENTATION TOPICS FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS

  • Introduction to LGBTQ Identities & Experiences
  • Introduction to Trans* Identities & Experiences
  • LGBTQ Seniors
  • LGBTQ Youth
  • Trans* Inclusive LGBTQ Groups
  • Sexuality Education for the LGBTQ Community
  • Introduction to Racial Justice for White LGBTQ People
Please note: The Pride Center uses the asterisk (*) to reflect the rich diversity of identities and experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.

Introduction to LGBTQ Identities & Experiences
Audience: All
Objectives:

  • Understand concepts of sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Increase knowledge of language and terms used by LGBTQ communities.
  • Identify challenges faced by and strengths of LGBTQ individuals.
  • Learn effective tools for creating welcoming and affirming environments for LGBTQ people.
  • Improve confidence in supporting LGBTQ community members.

This interactive presentation addresses sexual orientation and gender identity, common terms and definitions, and the unique experiences of LGBTQ people. Participants will explore the challenges LGBTQ people face such as coming out, safety, accessing community spaces, and navigating systems in which the LGBTQ community has historically experienced discrimination. Special emphasis will be placed on what community groups can do to create more welcoming environments for LGBTQ people.

Introduction to Trans* Identities & Experiences
Audience: All
Objectives:

  • Understand concepts of gender identity and expression.
  • Increase knowledge of language and terms used by trans* communities.
  • Identify challenges faced by and strengths of trans* individuals.
  • Learn effective tools for creating welcoming and affirming environments for trans* and gender non-conforming people.
  • Improve confidence in supporting trans* community members.

This interactive presentation addresses gender identity & expression, transgender identity, and the unique experiences of trans* people. Participants will explore the challenges trans* and gender nonconforming (GNC) people face such as coming out, safety, and accessing community spaces. Special emphasis will be placed on what community groups can do to create more welcoming environments for trans*/GNC people.

LGBTQ Seniors
Audience: Community Groups Supporting Seniors
Objectives:

  • Understand concepts of sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Increase knowledge of language and terms used by LGBTQ seniors.
  • Identify barriers experienced and strengths of LGBTQ older adults.
  • Learn effective tools for creating welcoming and affirming environments for LGBTQ seniors.
  • Improve confidence in supporting LGBTQ senior community members.

LGBTQ seniors are an increasingly visible population and can face different challenges than their peers. Social isolation, stigma, and accessing culturally competent healthcare are just a few of the many issues encountered by LGBTQ older adults. This presentation helps community members understand the unique needs of LGBTQ seniors and how to ensure they can age with dignity and the welcoming, culturally specific environments they need.

LGBTQ Youth
Audience: Community Groups Supporting Youth
Objectives:

  • Understand concepts of sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Increase knowledge of language and terms used by LGBTQ young people.
  • Identify barriers experienced and strengths of LGBTQ youth.
  • Learn effective tools for creating welcoming and affirming environments for LGBTQ youth.
  • Improve confidence in supporting LGBTQ youth community members.

Youth are now coming out at a younger age than ever before. Studies are showing that harassment, bullying and intolerance are creating hostile environments for LGBTQ youth to learn and grow. In addition to discussing the identities and coming out process of LGBTQ young people, this presentation highlights the unique challenges they face and how to create more supportive environments for them to thrive.

Trans* Inclusive LGBTQ Groups
Audience: LGBTQ Groups
Objectives:

  • Increase knowledge of gender identity, gender expression, and terms used by trans* communities.
  • Identify challenges faced by and strengths of trans* individuals.
  • Understand concepts of cisgender privilege and its role in LGBTQ communities.
  • Learn effective tools for creating welcoming and affirming LGBTQ groups for trans* and gender non-conforming people.
  • Improve confidence in supporting trans* community members.

This interactive presentation is designed for LGBTQ groups seeking to enhance their inclusion of and experiences for trans* members of the community. It addresses gender identity & expression, transgender identity, cisgender privilege, and the unique experiences of trans* people. Participants will explore the challenges faced by trans* and gender non-conforming (GNC) individuals when accessing LGBTQ groups and what the LGBTQ community can do to create more affirming experiences for trans*/GNC people.

Sexuality Education for the LGBTQ Community
Audience: LGBTQ College and Community Groups
Objectives:

  • Enhance knowledge of sexual health and safer sex options.
  • Learn effective methods for communication and negotiation.
  • Enhance comfort in advocating for needs and expressing desires.
  • Explore the creativity of LGBTQ sexuality and of attitudes towards LGBTQ bodies.
  • Increase commitment to a culture of healthy sexuality in LGBTQ communities.

Comprehensive sexuality education is a key component to the sexual health of all people throughout their lifespan. Many LGBTQ people have lacked access to sexuality education that is reflective of their identities and in an environment that feels comfortable to ask the questions more relevant to their experiences and bodies. This workshop is delivered by Pride Center staff trained in sexuality health education and can be tailored to any group. It is never too late to have a real conversation about sex and sexuality! This is available as a one-time workshop or a series of workshops. The topic and content is tailored for each group’s needs.

Introduction to Racial Justice for White LGBTQ People
Audience: LGBTQ Groups
Objectives:

  • Increase understanding of the intersections occurring between systems of oppression.
  • Understand concepts of institutional and interpersonal racism.
  • Identify examples of white privilege in LGBTQ communities and in individual lives.
  • Learn tools for personal and group accountability.
  • Increase personal and group commitment to racial justice.

The erasure of figures such as Silvia Rivera from historical conversations about the Stonewall Riots is just one example of a larger pattern of mainstream LGBTQ movements’ exclusion and marginalization of LGBTQ people of color. This interactive workshop is designed for white members of LGBTQ groups seeking to enhance their inclusion and experiences of LGBTQ people of color. An important step in that process is to first create an atmosphere that allows white people to examine their experiences and attitudes about race and racism. This workshop creates opportunities for growth and learning as participants explore the important role white people play in supporting each other to challenge racism.