So 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 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender.
In this seminar, individuals 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 the workplace and 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 and lesbian concerns
- Proactive steps to end homophobic behaviors and attitudes
- Various issues facing gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people in the workplace
- The historical roots of heterosexism and homophobia