Thursday, May 10

SpeakOUT Training

  • May 10 from 9am-5pm
  • Appropriate Audience: Anyone who has attended our SafeZone Training. SafeZone is a prerequisite for our SpeakOUT Training
  • 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) or $50 for participants who have taken the 4 hour SafeZone Training offered at the LGBTQ Academy.

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.

To Register Contact:

Wednesday, May 30

Navigating Dialogue Around Controversial Issues

Differences in opinion and experience can spark controversy and division. How can we engage with respect and courage, and allow others to do the same? How do we respond when our buttons get pushed? How can we find the balance between free speech and hurtful/hateful speech and work with the gap between intention and impact? We invite you to explore these questions and move from con-fusion and dissatisfaction towards clarity and direction.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
~ Martin Luther King. Jr.

DATE: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 TIME: 1 PM — 4 PM
LOCATION: Starbridge Inc., Conference Room 118, 1650 South Avenue, Rochester NY,14620
FEE: $35

Call for group, student and senior rates. A limited number of scholarships are available through the generosity of Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield.

To register online Click here or print out the registration form and mail. Contact Pat Willis at or (585)313-1047 for further information or questions. See the website for cancellation policy. Registration deadline is May 25.

Indrani views the world as an ecologist, educator and yogi and brings a social justice lens to building equitable, respectful and sustainable partnerships among diverse groups. She is known for her ability to connect with each person to genuinely understand their point of view, and make sure each party's perspective is shared at the table. She earned a B.A in Biology from Grinnell College and an M.Sc. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell.

Steve is skilled in creating environments where everyone and every perspective are welcomed as vital contributors to group process. He serves as Director of NCBI Rochester, Inc., whose mission is to train and nurture young people and adults as cross-cultural leaders, His background as educator, manager and community engagement specialist have earned the respect of a broad range of community interest groups. He holds a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Thursday, August 9

SafeZone Training

Appropriate Audience: All are welcome

Time: 9am-1pm

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 this page and click the top button on the right.

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