Making sense of the alphabet soup
Doesn't it seem like only yesterday talking about someone's gender or sexuality was much more simple? Man or woman, straight or gay. While many people do still fit into these simple categories, as time goes on, more and more people step forward to identify how they feel in their own skin. Some are discovering that they feel between genders, or attracted to more than the simple labels of man or woman.
This course is an introduction to some of the terminology around gender and sexuality. The goal is to start with a foundation of knowledge, to make it easier to talk about with your children, peers, or even parents. Education is the key to feeling confident in your ability to understand and support those around you who are a part of the LGBTQIA community.
By enrolling, you will feel better the next time this topic comes up. You'll understand more about the LGBTQIA community, and feel like a more empathetic and compassionate parent or peer. This free course will be your first step on the path to pride in yourself and your LGBTQIA family and friends.
What do they get? Parents will get an update on the language being used currently among LGBTQ+ youth, and hone their confidence when discussing LGBTQ+ topics without fear of saying the wrong thing.
How does that help their child? Parents who can engage the conversation with confidence show their child how much they support them. Queer youth with parents the avoid the topic aren't being supported. How can you start the conversation with them if you don't know the vocabulary?
"Nathaniel's effervescent compassion and heart is clear in everything he does. When applied to his Life Work, helping advance LGBT awareness, rights, and community, it is nothing short of miraculous and moving. I have learned and grown personally and professionally through knowing Nathaniel."
- Liz Minot Co-Founder, Art Cube
Nathaniel is a social worker, mentor for parents of LGBTQ+ youth, and facilitator/empathy mentor. He started out in NYC as a singer/dancer/actor from the heartland (O-H-I-O) getting his BFA in Musical Theater from Pace University. After years of performance, Nathaniel turned to working with youth, as an educator and administrator at Fusion Academy. Since then he has completed his Master’s in Social Work at Fordham University and started The Proud Path, as well as worked with the Ali Forney Center and the Hetrick-Martin Institute, agencies addressing LGBTQ+ youth homelessness. His mission is to learn everything he can about the coming out process to assist others through it, and develop empathy within those who never have to.
"Nathaniel has a clear passion and wholehearted dedication to equal rights advancement and education that is profoundly enlightening and deeply resonating."
- Margaret S, Mother of two