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Queer Literacy

Take your allyship to the next level.

Earn your status.

Allyship is an earned place in the queer community.

Become a Better Ally

Allyship is an earned role in the LGBTQAAI+ community, and one that should be active, informed, and visible.  Queer Literacy offers allies a space to ask questions, gain awareness, and identify opportunities that can elevate them from passive to activated members of the queer community.

It’s impossible to separate LGBTQAAI+ people from their environments. This is why, as social workers, it is our duty to work one-on-one with clients and to provide support and education to the communities where they live.

The role of the ally is essential in breaking down remaining barriers and creating spaces that are more than safe.  We all benefit when minds, hearts, and spaces are open, inclusive, and responsive to the needs of others.

Literacy?

"All are welcome" is no longer enough.

About Queer Literacy

Queer Literacy presentations are a series of interactive and dynamic workshops for those seeking to better understand how to improve relationships with the queer community and clients.  Participants will learn first hand how to better address the unique concerns facing members of the LGBTQAAI+ community. 

Topics can be tailored to the needs of your group and organization but generally cover the strengths and resiliency of the LGBTQAAI+ community, evolving terminology, demographic shifts, growing old as queer,  and best practices for service providers.

Courses for social workers have been designed to meet the standards of ACE and offer CE.

Queer Literacy is an ACE approved curriculum for Social Work CE.

Rigor.

Evidence-based.

Terminology and definitions used among members of the LGBTQ community to describe their experiences.  This includes evolving terminology related to polyamory, asexuality, and gender transitioning. 

Demographics of LGBTQ populations in the United States.  This will address information about where the LGBTQ community resides, socioeconomic concerns, and trends in aging as a member of the community.

Current laws regarding equality and LGBTQ protections. Participants will learn about state and federal “equality” legislation regarding protections from discrimination, hate crimes, and other concerns facing the community.

Understanding the experiences of those who identify as transgender and gender non-conforming.  Concepts of gender expression and identity are rapidly evolving in the LGBTQ community.  Participants will gain knowledge of the Transgender experience and transitioning. 

Considering the role of heteronormativity and privilege in working with the LGBTQ community. Participants will learn about the challenges facing members of the LGBTQ community living in environments that view heterosexuality as the norm.  Participants will gain understanding and implications of terms such as heteronormativity, straight privilege, and microaggressions. 

Best practices for intake processes and services provision. Finally, participants will review common practices related to intake process, inclusive marketing, and rethinking “Safe Spaces” to be more open, inclusive, and responsive to the needs of the LGBTQ community.

Topics.

Become an "informed ally" and step up your game.

Interactive

Presentations can include an interactive “quiz show” that tests the groups knowledge while raising awareness about sexual orientations, gender identities, and queer terminology and symbols.

Informative

Participants will learn about the major milestones of the LGBTQAAI+ movement, current demographic and population trends, and state and federal laws impacting the LGBTQAAI+ community and much more. 

Impactful

Evaluate common practices related to representation, inclusive marketing, and rethinking “Safe Spaces” to be more open, inclusive, and responsive to the needs of the LGBTQAAI+ community.

 

 

We Live Here: Building Relationships with the LGBTQ+ Community. We Live Here is an interactive and dynamic workshop for those seeking to better understand how to improve relationships with and better understand the unique concerns facing members of the LGBTQ community. Utilizing interactive technology, group discussions, and lectures, this program covers the strengths and resiliency of the LGBTQ+ community, evolving terminology, demographics, and best practices for service providers.

 

We Live Here: Building Relationships with the LGBTQ+ Community, Course #4559, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Queer Literacy as an individual course. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 11/08/2022 – 11/08/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 3 Cultural Competence continuing education credits.

Living Out Loud: Aging as Queer is an intermediate level course designed for social workers to build understanding regarding queer individuals who are aging. This population faces unique challenges revolving around healthcare, disenfranchisement, higher rates of poverty and mortality, and more. Participants will learn to understand aging queer adults in the context of their reality, often having experienced harsher stigma and discrimination than younger generations.

Living Out Loud: Aging as Queer, Course #4562, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Queer Literacy as an individual course. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 11/08/2022 – 11/08/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 3 Cultural Competence continuing education credits.

 Love is Love: Utilizing Queer Theory in Understanding Non-conventional Relationships. This course was designed for social workers who are seeking to better understand non-conventional relationships. Participants will learn to appreciate the importance of queer-informed practitioners providing services that best meet the unique need of the LGBTQ+ community.

Love is Love: Utilizing Queer Theory in Understanding Non-Conventional Relationships, Course #4560, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Queer Literacy as an individual course. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 11/08/2022 – 11/08/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 3 Cultural Competence continuing education credits.

A New Genderation: Working Closely with Trans and Gender Non-conforming Clients.  This is an intermediate level course designed for social workers who are seeking to better understand the ever changing concepts of gender, including best practices for trans and non-binary clients. Participants will demonstrate understanding and empathy of the trans & non-binary experiences regarding issues of policy, healthcare services and overall stigma.

A New Genderation: Working Closely with Trans and Gender Non-conforming Clients, Course #4564, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Queer Literacy as an individual course. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 11/08/2022 – 11/08/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 3 Cultural Competence continuing education credits.

Happier Holidays: Navigating Family Gatherings with the LGBTQ Community.   This is an interactive and dynamic live webinar for social workers and professionals to understand concepts of conflict work, chosen family and stressors surrounding holiday gatherings for LGBTQ individuals.

Happier Holidays: Navigating Family Gatherings with the LGBTQ+ Community, Course #4563, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Queer Literacy as an individual course. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 11/08/2022 – 11/08/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 3 Cultural Competence continuing education credits.

Love for All: Understanding Religious Trauma & the LGBTQ+ Community.   This intermediate level course was designed for social workers who are seeking to better understand the unique challenges of the LGBTQ+ Community. Participants will gain insight into the lived experiences of queer identifying people regarding religion and spirituality. Participants will investigate religious trauma, it’s harmful affects on the LGBTQ+ Community, and the importance of advocating for the individual over the institution.

Love for All: Understanding Religious Trauma & the LGBTQ+ Community, Course #4561, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Queer Literacy as an individual course. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 11/08/2022 – 11/08/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 3 Cultural Competence continuing education credits.