The National Association of Mothers’ Centers (NAMC), “a collective voice for mothers and parents in the United States,” is hosting a Webinar on “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Navigating the Challenges for Parents, Teachers and Others,” January 24, from 1-2 p.m. ET. Pete Carney, LMSW Director of the Pride for Youth program at the Long Island Crisis Center, will be presenting the Webinar, with Lisa Kaplan-Miller of NAMC facilitating.
Here’s the blurb from their Web site:
Images of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, more and more, are regular images in our media and current pop culture. Young people are developing an understanding and awareness of their sexual orientation and gender identity at increasingly younger ages. As a result, youth and their families face a unique set of challenges navigating childhood and adolescence. This workshop aims to explore:
- The nature of sexual orientation and gender identity ranging from early childhood to adolescence
- Disparities faced by LGBT youth in school systems and their larger communities
- Recommendations for how to create “safe spaces” where youth can explore their sexual orientation and gender identity and LGBT identified youth can find support.
Webinars are free to NAMC members and $20 for non-members. Membership is $35, so you might check their list of upcoming Webinars to see if membership is worthwhile for you or any friends/colleagues who may be interested.
(On a related note, here’s a free helpful hint to NAMC: Rename your “How To Parent Together: Do Moms & Dads Have to Agree?” Webinar to “How To Parent Together: Do Parents Have to Agree?” (Or “Do Parenting Partners Have to Agree?”). The descriptive text about that Webinar is gender-neutral, using the terms “parents” and “partners,” which is great—but you’ll get very few LGBT parents even looking at the description with a title like that.)