Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation: Creating Inclusive Environments


October 16, 2019
9:30am - 4:00pm


Health Resources in Action
2 Boylston Street, 4th floor
Boston, MA 02116

The BEST Initiative (Building Exemplary Systems of Training for Youth Workers)

Presented in Partnership with kyriQ

Gender and sexuality show up in our lives everyday – whether it’s in workplace roles, how we perceive others, or something as seemingly simple as the bathroom we choose in public spaces. For LGBTQ+ youth, seeking out supportive adults, peers, and spaces is extremely important to emotional and physical safety. As non-profit youth providers, we have the opportunity to create more inclusive environments for youth of all gender identities and orientations.

This training is designed for anyone in the non-profit sector who is interested in learning more about gender identity and sexual orientation, especially as it relates to LGBTQ+ youth. We’ll start with looking at ourselves – what biases and stereotypes do we hold? What has society taught us about gender and sexuality? 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.


  • Examine our personal and societal biases (conscious and unconscious) about gender/sexuality and what impact they have on our work
  • Explore existing challenges related to gender equity and LGBTQ+ inclusivity, as well as resilience among these communities
  • Develop skills to discuss these topics with colleagues, partners, youth, etc.
  • Identify policies and practices that promote greater inclusion and equity within your organization


Registration fee: 

Training Fee: $99pp

Type of event: 

Partner Events

Learning area: 

Commun. Org. & Planning
Nonprofit Governance