Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation: Creating Inclusive Environments


April 23, 2020
9:00am - 3:30pm


NonProfit Center
89 South Street; East Room
Boston, MA 02111


Kimm Topping and Minh Nguyen

Given the national discourse around LGBTQ+ rights and the #MeToo movement, many nonprofits are exploring how they can create more inclusive environments and foster greater gender equity in the workplace. This interactive, fun workshop will explore issues around gender bias, gender identity and sexual orientation and how biases around these topics can impact organizational policies and practices.

Learning Objectives

Attendees will:

  • Examine personal and societal biases, conscious and unconscious, about gender and sexuality and what impact those biases have on our work
  • Explore existing challenges related to gender equity and LGBTQ+ inclusivity, and the resilience of these communities
  • Develop skills to discuss these topics with colleagues, partners, clients, etc.
  • Identify policies and practices that promote greater inclusion and equity within organizations

Target Audience

This training is designed for all nonprofit sector professionals interested in learning more about issues related to gender bias, gender identity, and sexual orientation. We’ll start with looking at ourselves – what biases and stereotypes do we hold? Then, we’ll think about how this impacts our work and the people we serve. Finally, we’ll explore organizational policies and practices. Our training style is interactive, fun, intersectional, and practical – including scenarios, videos, sharing personal experiences, and discussions.


Kimm Topping is a writer, queer educator, and feminist historian. Kimm has trained thousands of people to better support LGBTQ+ youth in their work as a facilitator for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students and kyriQ. By sharing stories and providing folks with tools to authentically support youth, Kimm believes that we can create safer and more welcoming environments. Kimm’s publications include Identity, Relationships, and Media and Mapping Feminist Cambridge. Kimm will complete a M.Ed. at Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2020 and they look forward to continuing to advocate for LGBTQ+ youth at local and national levels. They are currently writing GENERATION QUEER, a non-fiction book that highlights the stories of 30 LGBTQ+ youth activists.

Minh Nguyen is a creative youth worker, trainer, educator, and consultant. Minh has over 11 years of experience in after-school youth development programming, curriculum development, and facilitating trainings for mentoring and enrichment programs for youth, staff, and volunteers. She is currently the Mentor Coach at Strong Women, Strong Girls. Minh is also a consultant with the Safe Schools Program through the MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of MA and a cultural competency trainer with the Cambridge Agenda for Children. Minh holds a BA from Oberlin College in psychology and a MS from Northeastern University in Nonprofit Management.

Kimm and Minh are co-founders of kyriQ, a consulting company focused on anti-oppression, inclusion, and cultural responsiveness trainings, as well as organizational development consulting.

If you are a student or from an organization with a budget under $500,000, contact us about discounts at

Registration fee: 

$130 (Full day, lunch is included)

Type of event: 

Partner Events

Learning area: 

Nonprofit Governance


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