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.

Friday, December 7

The University Resource Groups Summit will be held on Friday, December 7, 2018 at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

The event features keynote speaker Kevin McDonald, DJ, EdD, Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity & Equity and Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Missouri.

Topics Include:

  • Living the Brand: A Culture of Respect
  • Working while Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Disability : We’re All In
  • Women and Men of Color: We are not invisible  (Panel Discussion)

To register, please email or call (585) 276-6494.

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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