Monday, September 24 and Tuesday, September 25

SafeZone Train-The-Trainer Certification Program

Appropriate Audience: Anyone who wishes to be trained in running SafeZone Trainings

Description of Program: The LGBTQ Academy SafeZone Train-The-Trainer Certification Program is a highly interactive 2 day course. During this course, participants will be coached in running SafeZone trainings and offered opportunities to ask and answer questions in a supportive environment using the teaching skills that they acquire. Each participant will receive a SafeZone Training manual that will provide a complete course guide for running SafeZone Trainings, a review of material from the course, best practices for successful facilitation, suggested reading to extend knowledge, handouts to use in future SafeZone Trainings, a certificate of course completion and an official SafeZone sticker and lapel pin. On-going support will be provided to all participants for up to 3 years following the presentation to offer assistance and access to all of our updated materials.

Location: The LGBTQ Academy's Education Center (Out Alliance 100 College Avenue. Rochester, NY 14607). There is free parking in the lot next to our building.

Registration Fee: $350 – Includes all of the information and support listed above, as well as two breakfasts and two lunches.

To Register: Go to this page and click the button on the right.

Wednesday, October 17

International Pronouns Day Workshop

Noon-1:30pm (Optional lunch starting at 11:15am)

Description of Program: This is a free lunch-and-learn workshop focusing on understanding the importance of proper pronoun use and tips for creating inclusive spaces where everyone is referred to respectfully. This fun and interactive workshop will include a panel of individuals open to answering any and all of your questions in a safe and non-judgmental space, as well as tips for navigating through awkward situations involving misgendering and not knowing how an individual identifies.

Appropriate Audience: Folks who are relatively new to LGBTQ+ identities and inclusion. If you have taken one of our trainings before, there may be some repeat. Please pass this on to friends and co-workers who may not have participated in one of our past trainings! Thanks so much!

Location: The LGBTQ Academy's Education Center (Out Alliance 100 College Avenue. Rochester, NY 14607). There is free parking in the lot next to our building.


  • 11:00am: Check in
  • 11:15am-11:50am: Lunch is served
  • 12-1:30pm: Workshop

Registration Fee: FREE!!!

Respect Tip #1: Seating is limited at this free event. If you sign up, please show up!!! If you register and then find that you cannot attend, please let us know so we can offer your spot to someone on our waiting list. Thank you so much!

To Register: go to and click on the Pronouns Workshop slide.

Wednesday, October 17 though Friday, October 19

New York State College Health Association Conference

Appropriate Audience: College Health Professionals

LGBTQ Academy staff members from the Out Alliance, Kayden Miller and Olivia Gast, will be providing the Keynote Presentation at this conference on Thursday, October 18th, kicking off a full day of trans-related sessions.

Location: Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center, Syracuse, NY

For more information or to register go here:

Registration Fee: The fee for the three day conference is $325. This fee includes most meals. Daily conference rates and significantly reduced student rates are also available.

Wednesday, November 14

Senior Services Provider SafeZone Training 

11am to 4pm

Appropriate Audience: Senior Service Providers

Description of Program: Many LGBTQ+ seniors are extremely vulnerable as they age. They may return to “the closet” after years of living authentically, for fear of being mistreated by health and aging care professionals. Having lived in a time when LGBTQ+ people faced involuntary electroshock therapy, arrests for “sexual deviance” and being diagnosed with a mental illness simply for being themselves, the LGBTQ+ older adult community can experience heightened anxiety and distrust around aging care services. Unfortunately, LGBTQ+ older adults are also less likely than their non-LGBTQ+ counterparts to have children or other nuclear family members to support their well-being as they age. This dynamic and interactive workshop will provide information about: the risks and realities of LGBTQ+ older adults, tips for being inclusive and respectful in our language, understanding the process of coming out for older adults, the components of sex, gender and sexuality, as well as strategies for working toward inclusiveness, where LGBTQ+ older adults are able to acknowledge their life experiences and age with dignity and respect.

Location: The LGBTQ Academy's Education Center (100 College Avenue. Rochester, NY 14607). There is free parking in the lot next to our building.

Registration Fee: $85 (which includes: SafeZone manual, a SafeZone lapel pin and sticker, a certificate of course completion and lunch) 

To Register: go to and click on the Senior Services Provider SafeZone slide.


Wednesday, November 28

SafeZone Training

9am to 1pm

Appropriate Audience: All are welcome

Description of Program: The LGBTQ Academy SafeZone Training is a 4 hour, dynamic, interactive workshop that includes activities and discussion around: LGBTQ+ inclusive and respectful language, the process of coming out, understanding sex, gender and sexuality, taking action and where to go for help or resources. This session will give participants the skills they need to provide support and to create environments that are safe and inclusive so that all people are empowered to reach their full potential.

Note: Taking this training is the first step towards becoming an LGBTQ Academy Speakers Bureau Member.

Location: The LGBTQ Academy's Education Center (Out Alliance 100 College Avenue. Rochester, NY 14607). There is free parking in the lot next to our building.

Registration Fee$75 (which includes: a SafeZone Manual, SafeZone sticker, SafeZone lapel pin and breakfast) 

To Register: Go to and click on the SafeZone Training slide.

Wednesday, December 12

SpeakOUT Training

9am to 5pm

Appropriate Audience: Anyone who has attended our SafeZone Training. SafeZone is a prerequisite for our SpeakOUT Training.

Description of Program: A perfect workshop for counselors, teachers, student leaders, Dignity Act Coordinators, GSA advisors and social workers! Become more confident and articulate while talking with others about LGBTQ+ issues. We will focus on using your personal story as a tool for education, responding to questions mindfully and tips for communicating respectfully in the face of resistance. A great experience for someone new to LGBTQ+ issues, or someone who has lived or worked with the issues for years. No matter your identity (transgender, lesbian, gay, straight, bi, cisgender, etc.) this class will be of value to you. Think of it as professional development for your life!

Note: If you have taken the SafeZone Training at the LGBTQ Academy, you will receive a 50% discount on the SpeakOUT Training. Taking this training is the second step towards becoming an LGBTQ Academy Speakers Bureau Member.

Location: The LGBTQ Academy's Education Center (100 College Avenue. Rochester, NY 14607). There is free parking in the lot next to our building.

Registration Fee: $100 (which includes a SpeakOUT manual, breakfast and lunch)/$50 for participants who have taken the 4 hour SafeZone Training offered at the LGBTQ Academy.

To Register Contact: or simply reply to this email.

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