Today was GLSEN’s (http://www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/all/home/index.html) 2013 Summit for both educators and students- and it was a HIGE SUCCESS! The Summit was organized by none other than my amazing supervisor, mentor, and contractor at Hafnium Consulting, Steven J. Schuetz, and was aimed at accomplishing the following mission:
“To assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.”
The workshop I was charged with teaching was titled “Supporting Your Straight Allies”. That’s right, a workshop aimed at LGTBQ youth, with the goal of increasing the perceived value of straight allies, increasing the support that straight allies have from the LGTBQ community, and thereby strengthening the number of of outspoken and active equality supporters!
I think it went well- I gave out candy and that was a huge hit. But really, I enjoyed working with the high schoolers. They brought up issues that I hadn’t even thought of! Isn’t that how it always goes?
Thank you to all the people that worked to make this Summit happen!