To equip schools with the skills needed to provide affirming educational environments for LGBTQA students and comply with the Dignity for All School Act (DASA), the Pride Center offers trainings for teachers, school administrators, and support staff. We provide a comprehensive toolkit to assist schools in their commitment to implementing inclusive anti-bullying policies and creating safer environments for all students.

To request a training, please contact the Director of Programs, Jen Maley-Wheeler, at



Recommended Length: 1.5 – 2 hours

  • Understand concepts of sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Increase knowledge of challenges experienced by LGBTQA youth in and out of the classroom.
  • Identity effective techniques for working with LGBTQA youth.
  • Increase confidence in addressing issues of homophobia, heterosexism and transphobia.

Young people are coming out as LGBTQA at an earlier age now more than ever before. Studies show that harassment, bullying and intolerance are creating hostile environments for LGBTQA youth to learn and grow. This interactive training addresses sexual orientation and gender identity, the messages we receive and how those messages paint our experience. Learn about specific challenges that LGBTQA people face like coming out, healthy development, accessing appropriate care and navigating other systems that the LGBTQA community have historically been excluded from. Heterosexism, homophobia and transphobia will also be explored.


Trans* Youth
Recommended Length: 1.5 – 2 hours

  • Understand concepts of gender identity and gender expression.
  • Become familiar with language and terminology relevant to trans* and gender non-conforming (GNC) young people.
  • Increase knowledge of challenges experienced by trans* and GNC youth in and out of the classroom.
  • Learn effective techniques for working with trans* and GNC students.
  • Identify resources to support school’s work with trans* and GNC students.

This interactive training addresses gender identity and expression, transgender identity, and the unique experiences of trans* students. Attention will be given to the challenges faced by trans* and gender non-conforming (GNC) youth and what schools can do to create safer, more affirming educational environments for trans*/GNC students.


Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
Recommended Length: 1.5 – 2 hours

  • Increase understanding and compliance of the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA).
  • Learn tools for intervention in cases of student or staff discrimination and/or harassment.
  • Identify best reporting practices for DASA compliance.
  • Enhance existing remediation plan for students and staff.

Through our Safe Schools Coalition, we are proud to bring a comprehensive training session for teachers and administrators on the Dignity Act that was implemented in July of 2012. We have worked with over 40 schools in the Capital Region to support their compliance with the law and discuss best reporting practices, practical tools for schools, and more! This training also highlights challenges LGBTQA young people face and how to create a more supportive environment in your school.


Delivering LGBTQA-Affirming Sexual Health Education
Audience: Health teachers
Recommended Length: 1-3 hours
Recommended Prerequisite: LGBTQA Youth

  • Identify sexual health disparities among LGBTQA young people.
  • Recognize barriers to sexuality education experienced by LGBTQA youth.
  • Become familiar with LGBTQA-affirming language and approaches for sexuality education.
  • Learn how to adapt existing curriculum to be inclusive of LGBTQA students.
  • Improve confidence in providing sexual health education to LGBTQA students.

Comprehensive sexuality education is a key component in meeting the current and future sexual health needs of young people. Many LGBTQA youth lack sexual health education that is reflective of their experiences and identities. This training will equip health educators with tools for developing and adapting sexual health curriculum to empower LGBTQA young people in making healthier sexual choices. Variation available for Trans*-Affirming Sexuality Education.




For more information or to request a training/presentation, please contact:
Jen Maley-Wheeler or 518-462-6138 ext. 13