Want practical tips on how to make your community more welcoming and affirming to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth? Curious about LGBTQ issues in faith communities? If so, join us for this Transitioning to Inclusion Workshop
“Transitioning to Inclusion” is a 90-‐minute long, interactive training for youth ministers and religious educators about how to make your programs truly welcoming to LGBTQ youth. The first half is an LGBTQ Terms 101, offering opportunities for participants to think about their own gender and sexuality journey. The second half provides information about LGBTQ youth experiences in faith communities and invites participants to consider the resources they already have in text, community values, ritual, and curriculum to support these youth. If you’ve ever wanted practical resources about how to be truly welcoming to LGBT youth, please join us! Printed guides of this resource from Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) will be provided for your community’s use. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Kelsey Pacha is the Youth Resource Coordinator at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry in Berkeley, CA. He has worked with LGBT people for 10 years in non–‐profit settings as a case manager and direct service worker, and is currently a student at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, pursuing a Master of Divinity, MA in Religion and Psychology, and Certificate in Sexuality and Religion. He is also the lead consultant for Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center (LYRIC)’s Allies in Faith interfaith network for LGBT youth in San Francisco, CA.