Appearances


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Upcoming Appearances

* Denotes Safe Schools for LGBTQ Students contract

“Supporting Trans and Nonbinary Students”
– 2 hour virtual training
Broadmeadow Elementary School, May 5, 2021*
(Closed to school staff)

“Working with LGBTQIA+ Youth in School” – 1 hour virtual workshop
Fred W. Miller Elementary School, June 1, 2021*
(Closed to school staff)

“Working with LGBTQIA+ Youth in School” – 2 hour virtual training
South Shore Educational Collaborative, June 16, 2021*
(Closed to collaborative educators and staff)

“Working with LGBTQIA+ Youth in School”
– 1 hour virtual workshop
Haverhill Public Schools, May 6, 2021*
(Closed to district counselors)

“Working with LGBTQIA+ Youth in School” – 1 hour virtual workshop
Cairo Durham Middle School, June 2, 2021
(Closed to school staff)

 “Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in Schools” – Multi-day series of 1-hour workshops
Franklin Essex Hamilton BOCES, 4/15, 4/22, 4/26, 4/28, 5/4, 5/12
(Open to FEH BOCES School District staff &  faculty)
See link for full series information & registration.

“Does It Get Better: Suicide Prevention & Resilience of LGBTQ+ Youth” – 1 hour webinar (Register here)
20th Annual Massachusetts Suicide Prevention Conference, May 20, 2021*

“Being You: Affirming LGBTQ+ Youth & Supporting Families” – 2 hour virtual workshop
LGBTQ Support & Social Group USA, June 12, 2021
(Open to LGBTQ + youth and family members)
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Past Appearances

Trainings & Workshops for Organizations/Agencies

“LGBTQ Inclusive Organizations” – 1.5 – 3 hour workshops to half / full day trainings
Springfield Department of Health & Human Services & UMass Amherst, March 26, 2021 (Virtual)
DPH Bureau of Community Health & Prevention (BCHAP), February 23 & March 4, 2021 (Virtual)*
– Square One, January 12 & 19, 2021 (Virtual)
– MA Organization for Addiction & Recovery (MOAR) – January 6, 2020 (Virtual)
– MA Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) – October 23, 2019 (Springfield),  October 22, 2019 (Worcester), June 26, 2019 (New Bedford), June 24, 2019 (Lawrence)*
– Through Her Eyes Conference, October 27, 2017

“Supporting LGBTQ+ Individuals in Clinical Settings” – Full day training
– CommonSense Mental Health, August 18, 2019
– Western Massachusetts Substance Abuse Providers Association, March 15, 2019

“A Closer Look: LGBTQ+ Individuals in Clinical Settings” – 1.5 – 3 hour training
(Follow-Up training to “Supporting LGBTQ+ Individuals in Clinical Settings)
– CommonSense Mental Health, June 6, 2020 (Virtual)

“Enhancing Our Work with LGBTQ+ Individuals in Housing Crisis” –  3 hour  virtual training
– Western MA Network to End Homelessness & Three County Continuum of Care (CoC) – May 19, 2020 

“Inclusive Practices in Youth Programs” – 1.5 – 3 hour workshops to half / full day trainings
– Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell, January 18, 2021 (Virtual)*
– Big Brothers Big Sisters (HampdenHampshire, & Franklin Counties), January 30, 2020
– Boys & Girls Club of Newton, April 15, 2019*
– Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County – February 8, 2018

“Language Matters: Inclusivity for Trans Individuals” – 1.5+ hour workshop
– Through Her Eyes Conference, October 25, 2019
– Center for Human Development (CHD)June 11, 2019– Opioid Task Force of Franklin County & North Quabbin, March 12, 2019


Workshops for Families

“Creating Braver Spaces: Trans Inclusive Communities” – 2+ hour training
– Albany Damien Center, July 14, 2018

“Families Supporting an Inclusive School Community” or “Supporting Our LGBTQ+ Loved Ones” – 1 – 2 hour workshops
– Bristol County Agricultural High School, November 14, 2019
– Reading Public Schools, March 30, 2019*
– Saratoga Springs School District, October 30, 2018
– Berkshire Country Day School (PreK-8), January 11-12, 2017


Keynote Addresses

“Supporting LGBTQ Clients: Clinicians Conference” – Sponsored by the MaeBright Group, Massachusetts Department of Public Health (Bureau of Substance Abuse Services & Office of Youth and Young Adult Services), Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, and Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth, May 16, 2017

Trainings & Workshops for Schools

Supporting Trans & Nonbinary Students” – 1.5 hour – 1/2 day training
– Claremont Academy, October 30, 2020 (Virtual)
– Northborough / Southborough School Districts, March 3, 2020*
– Worthington Elementary School, February 25, 2020
– Hampshire Regional School District, January 21, 2020*
 Hanover Middle School, May 2, 2019*
– Hanover High School, April 2, 2019*
– Bristol County Agricultural High School (9-12), January 8, 2019*
– Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School (4-8), November 28, 2018*
– Massachusetts Teachers Association – SouthCoast Education Summit, October 27, 2018*
– Brunswick-Brittonkill Central School District (9-12), October 5, 2018
– New York State School Counselors Association Annual Conference, November 17, 2017
– Cairo-Durham School District (6-12), October 4, 2017
– Chazy Rural School District (7-12), October 4, 2016
– Beekmantown Central School District (7-12), September 7, 2016
– Chateaugay Central School District (7-12), September 2, 2016

“Working with LGBTQIA+ Youth in School” – 1.5 – 3 hour training
Fred W. Miller Elementary School, May 4, 2021*
New Bedford High School, April 14, 2021*
Duxbury Middle School & Duxbury High School, March 19, 2021*
–  Anchor Academy, March 5, 2021*
– Angier Elementary School, March 3, 2021*
– Ashland Middle School, November 3, 2020*
– The Center School (Holyoke), November 11, 2019
– Lenox Public Schools, November 5, 2019*
– Veritas Charter School, August 26, 2019*
– Westborough High School, March 11, 2019*
– Sudbury Public Schools (K-12), November 26, 2018*
– St. Regis Falls Central School (K-12), January 12, 2018
– Keene Central School District (7-12), February 15, 2017
– Berkshire Country Day School (PreK-8), January 11-12, 2017
– Sharon Springs Central School District (K-12), October 7, 2016
– Willsboro Central School District (K-12), September 1, 2016

“101: Understanding Gender & Sexuality in Schools” – Full day training
– Champlain Valley Educational Services (BOCES), October 2, 2019
– Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES, October 19, 2018
– Champlain Valley Educational Services (BOCES), March 2, 2017
– Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES, May 23, 2016
– Champlain Valley Educational Services (BOCES), February 29, 2016

“201: Continuing to Support Trans & Nonbinary Students” – Full day training
– Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES, January 11, 2018
– Champlain Valley Educational Services (BOCES), April 28, 2017

“Next Steps: Continuing to Support Trans & Nonbinary Students” – 2 hour workshop (this is a shortened/mini version of the 201 training above)
– 
Assumption College, March 13, 2019*
– Esteves School of Education | Sage College, June 2, 2018

Shifting the Landscape: Gender Inclusive Sex Education” – Full day training
– Collaborative for Educational Services, November 6, 2018
– Taconic Hills Central School District, March 18, 2016

“Inclusive Curriculum: Incorporating LGBTQIA+ Topics into the Classroom” – 3 hour virtual training (with GLSEN Massachusetts
– 826 Boston, December 4, 2020 (Virtual)


Trainings & Workshops for Youth

“Mobilizing YOUth Power” – 1+ hour workshop
– Northampton Pride Festival, May 4, 2019
– Capital Region Institute for Human Rights Teen Summer Symposium, July 9, 2018
“Empowering YOU for Social & Political Change” – 1-1.5 hour workshop
– Capital Region Institute for Human Rights Teen Symposium, July 1, 2019 
– Let Youth Lead! GLSEN MA Fall Youth Conference, November 3, 2018
– Queer Straight Alliance Retreat, May 14, 2016
– Liberty Partnerships Empire Promise Youth Conference, March 31, 2016

“Talking Trans: Healthy Masculinities” – 1-1.5 hour workshop
– Youth In Power: Summer Leadership Camp, Pride Center of the Capital Region, August 19, 2016

“Presentation Prep! A How-To on LGBTQIA+ 101s” – 1+ hour workshop
– Burncoat High School, January 3, 2019*

“Unpacking LGBTQIA+ Allyship” – 2+ hour training
– SUNY Plattsburgh Upward Bound Program, June 28, 2017

“OUT Organizing: How to Make Things Happen” – 1-1.5 hour workshop
– Averill Park Central School District (9-12), May 18, 2017
– True Colors Conference, March 22, 2014

Guest Lectures & Panels

“Inspiring Advocacy: Gender Justice in Action” – Smith College | Ada Comstock Scholars, January 22, 2021 (Virtual)

“The First Pride was a Riot: Youth Leaders to the Front” – Capital Region Institute for Human Rights Teen Symposium, June 29, 2020 (Virtual)

“Connecting with Hard to Reach Populations” – MOAR (Massachusetts Organization for Addiction & Recovery) / SOAR (Speaking Out for Addiction & Recovery) Summit, August 8, 2019

“Pronouns 101: A Community Conversation” – Northampton Recovery Center, June 19, 2019

“(Trans)forming Care: Supporting Trans Youth” – Springfield Maternal Child High Spring Forum, Shriner’s Hospital, April 8, 2019

“Schools in Transition” – National Education Association (NEA) Conference on Racial and Social Justice, June 28, 2017

“Substance Use and LGBTQ Communities Panel” – Supporting LGBTQ Clients: Clinicians Conference; Sponsored by the MaeBright Group, Massachusetts Department of Public Health (Bureau of Substance Abuse Services & Office of Youth and Young Adult Services), Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, and Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth, May 16, 2017

“NYSED Guidelines for TGNC Students” – New York United Teachers (NYSUT), January 30, 2016

Bully: Film Talk-Back Panel” – Saratoga Film Forum, October 14, 2013


Media Appearances

“New York schools remain hostile for many LGBTQ secondary students, GLSEN Report Finds”. GLSEN National, January 2017.

“Planned Parenthood diversifies transgender services”. Register-Star, December 2016.

“Coalition rallies with Muslims against ‘KKK Presidency”. Altamont Enterprise, December 2016.

“Hudson Pride gets funds to support LGBT elders”. Register-Star, November 2016.

“LGBTQ advocates lobby in Albany”. NYSUT United, June 2016.

“Schenectady’s gay community shows solidarity with Orlando”. Daily Gazette, June 2016.

“Community event to support LGBTQ youth”. Your NiskayunaMarch 2016.

“LGBT Advocates: Conversion Therapy”. TWC News, February 2016.

“Groups working together for a more inclusive BCHS”. Bethlehem Schools, Dec 2015.

“Visibility club prepares for Spirit Day”. Daily Gazette, October 2015.

“Student protests after school tells him he can’t wear drag”. WAMC, October 2015.

“Special Report: Growing up transgender”. News 10, August 2015.

“State Ed Dept cracks down on discrimination against trans students”. WNYT, July 2015.

“Local school district considers bathrooms”. CBS 6 Albany, December 2014.

“Pride Forum: Safety For All Ups Performance”. Register-Star, April 2014.

“Impact Show with Barbara Brabetz”. Open Stage Media, September 2013.