I relate my everyday experiences to sexuality, gender identity, gender expression, and LGBTQ topics. My normal makes some people very uncomfortable. My queer nonbinary identity doesn’t make sense to some. My transgender daughter doesn’t make sense to others. So I talk about them. There is beauty in telling my story. It makes all of us feel heard and less alone.
Here are some of the topics I can speak about at your school, workplace, or event. I can also talk a lot about rainbows and unicorns. Don’t worry; I will anyhow.
Contact me so I can help you frame a talk around what you and your organization needs.
LGBTQ: What Do All Of Those Letters Mean?
You will learn the meaning of each letter in the rainbow alphabet. I will also dig into terms like gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality and how these elements of who we are intersect to make us uniquely perfect. You will also take home an understanding of the importance of supporting healthy gender development in our kids.
I will break down what being transgender means and what it looks like for different people. I will also debunk many myths around the subject, specifically in regards to bathrooms, transgender kids, and ways people may choose to transition. You will go home with a greater appreciation for gender identity and what it means when our parts don’t line up with our brains and hearts.
How Do I Talk To Kids About LGBTQ Topics?
I will give parents and community members the tools and confidence to talk to kids about what it means to be gay, transgender, and gender nonconforming. You will learn tips on ways to answer kids’ questions, start conversations about sexuality and gender, and foster a love of diversity. I will also discuss the significance of accepting and affirming our kids’ LGBTQ identity and the risks of not doing so.
Making Learning Spaces LGBTQ Inclusive
Join me for an open discussion on the importance of using inclusive and non-gendered language in classrooms, sports arenas and playing fields, and extracurricular activities. Changing the way we speak to and interact with students is paramount to their learning, their self-esteem, their sense of self, and their safety. Providing more inclusive spaces is valuable for parents and caregivers too; it allows marginalized adults to feel respected and seen. Educators and coaches may be the only resource for parents of queer, transgender, gender nonconforming, and non-binary kids.
Examining Heteronormative Biases And How It Frames What We Think Is Normal
Our world is set up to be viewed through a heteronormative lens. I will show how media, movies, and books portray straight, cisgender people and couples as the norm which all other sexualities and identities are compared. The idea that heterosexuality is normal tells homosexual, bisexual, or pansexual people they are not. The idea that our gender should match our biological sex is an assumption that indicates there is something wrong with intersex, nonbinary, and transgender people. Heteronormative thinking leads to exclusive language, homophobia, transphobia, and a transfer of shame. I will discuss ways to break this cycle in ourselves and our kids.