Appearances


James is currently accepting solicitations for virtual  trainings and presentations.
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Upcoming Appearances

* Denotes Safe Schools for LGBTQ Students contract

Screen Shot 2021-01-14 at 4.45.47 PM“Working with LGBTQIA+ Youth in Schools” – (2 sessions) 2 hour virtual trainings *
Duxbury Middle School & Duxbury High School, March 19, 2021
(Closed to Duxbury Middle School faculty and support staff)

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“LGBTQ+ Inclusive Organizations” – 2 hour virtual training
Springfield Department of Health & Human Services & UMass Amherst, March 26, 2021
(Closed to Community Health Workers (CHW)  and affiliates of the CHW Coalition) 

“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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Screen Shot 2021-03-23 at 12.05.36 PM “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.


Past Appearances

Trainings & Workshops for Organizations/Agencies

“LGBTQ Inclusive Organizations” – 1.5 – 3 hour workshops to half / full day trainings
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

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


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
– 
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


Workshops for Families

“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


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


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


Awards

“Educator of the Year” – GLSEN NY Capital Region, Annual Awards Gala,  2017


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.