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LGBTQ Education Needed in South Jersey

An overwhelming response to the Cooperative’s LGBTQ: Supporting Today’s Youth conference demonstrates the great interest among South Jersey health care and social service providers for information on serving the region’s homosexual, bisexual and transgender populations.

Conference registrations for the May 20th event quickly reached maximum capacity forcing a second date to be added in September. Staff were pleased by the reception but realize the turnout also reflects a historical lack of professional educational on the unique issues and challenges in serving the LGBTQ population. “Organizations are recognizing the need to know more about the LGBTQ community and how to better serve them. However, there is not a lot of education offered on this topic in South Jersey especially programs that focus on LGBTQ teens.” says Lori Tesauro, facilitator with the Cooperative’s Personal Responsibility and Education (PREP) Program that sponsored the event.

The conference educates South Jersey health providers, educators and other adults on how to better support the LGTBQ youth population. Conference topics include gender identity; sexual orientation; risk factors facing LGBTQ youth; and building safe spaces in schools, work places and communities. Tesauro says these lessons help adults create understanding and respectful environments for all youth, regardless of their sexual orientation or identity.

For more information or to register for the September 9th event, please visit the LGBTQ: Supporting Today’s Youth Conference page.