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Pride and Joy Families


Trainings in LGBTQ Cultural Responsiveness

We all desire to lead healthy, happy and peaceful lives.  For members of the LGBTQ community, part of leading such fulfilling lives is dependent upon culturally competent, diversity sensitive providers and services.

One of our most important goals is to help people gain insights into LGBTQ lives as well as discrepancies and disparities affecting the LGBTQ community. We aim to provide you with tools to create affirming practices and productive spaces for everyone to flourish in their lives.

You can either join us at one of the trainings we offer or request a training for your office,your school, your staff, your clients, or students. We can also come and work with you regarding your intake forms, making your office, classroom, or space LGBTQ affirming. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary for most of the trainings: the only necessity is your willingness to work together with us to make world a more inclusive place.

You can learn more about our upcoming and past trainings below. You can also request a training by using the form below. Once you fill in the form, someone from our office will contact you ASAP regarding your specific request. Our trainings are provided at cost or at no charge.

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2018 Provider Training: Transgender/ Gender Non- Conforming Experience Across the Lifespan

Thursday, May 10-Friday, May 11, 2018                   

Binghamton University, Vestal, NY

Keynote Address by Cecilia Gentili, GMHC

Registration Fee TBA

Continuing Education Units will be offered

Contact us to be notified and for further information at: / 607-777-3717

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Trainings we offer:

LGBTQ 101:Terms, processes , basics of sexual and gender diversity. We tailor this training each time based on your needs and your level of knowledge.

Intake form changing: You think your intake forms are antiquated? You think you need to clean up the terms in your forms and perhaps be more affirmative and welcoming for LGBTQ folks? We can help you do that. Request a training and we will work with you to tailor your organization's forms/ language/ discourses to the needs to your LGBTQ  clients. - Some LGBTQ prior training or LGBTQ 101 is a prerequisite.

LGBTQ Families: How are families with one or more LGBTQ members different and the same as other families? What are the family-building options available to LGBTQ adults? What legal and financial strategies should  LGBTQ adults/parents take to ensure the safety and continuity of their families? What sorts of supports do these families need from their health and human service providers, allies and communities?

Privilege: We all have it and we all lack it. If you want think about how to be fairer, more just and more compassionate towards others, understand other's needs as well as know your boundaries, we can work on our privileges together.

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A sample of past trainings:

Understanding Gender

February 28, 2018 2- 4 pm at OMH

Basis and basics of understanding LGBTQIAP

January 18, 2018 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm at SUNY Broome Community College
Trainers: Elif Sendur and Maura Bainbridge, Lesbian and Gay Family Building Project/ Pride and Joy Families, Binghamton

This one hour session will provide you with a basic understanding of the terms that are used in and about LGBTQIAP population. At the end of this training, the participants will:
• Better understand the complexities and interconnections of sex, gender, and sexuality
• Understand language and terminology of LGBTQIAP populations.
• Take a key step to make their educational environments more inclusive of LGBTQIAP populations 


Garden of Hope: LGBTQ 101 by Pride and Joy Families 

November 20, 2017 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Tabernacle United Methodist Church *3 Main Street Binghamton/NY 13905

Garden of Hope is a monthly Awareness & Education meeting to expand our knowledge of Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders and to empower the community to face the challenges. Requested and hosted by TruthPharm, that aims to raise awareness, reduce the stigma and advocate for policy change to have a positive impact on the opioid and heroin epidemic.

Come learn about terms and concepts in gender and sexual diversity, as well as some tips for making your spaces affirmative and inviting to LGBTQ+ community members.

Garden of Hope is held the third Monday of each month at 6:30pm and always includes an educational component.





Last Updated: 3/16/18