Often, we are afraid of asking the wrong question or saying something that we fear might be inappropriate. Our newest seminar breaks new ground by fostering a greater understanding of the roots of homophobia in our society, including the historical, cultural and legal sources of discrimination, and the fear and misconceptions about those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered.
In this seminar, participants are encouraged to explore their own history of homophobia and heterosexism and to learn how those stories and experiences have affected their attitudes and behaviors in their relationships with each other.
Using films, experiential exercises, discussions and personal stories, participants will learn the following:
- How to respond to homophobic statements and behaviors
- How to empathetically listen and respond to personal stories
- Ways to facilitate a dialogue and conversation on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered concerns
- Proactive steps to end homophobic behaviors and attitudes
- Various issues facing lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people in school settings
- The historical roots of heterosexism and homophobia