LGBTQ Events and Opportunities

All events and opportunities are categorized by area (in other words, PD for professional development or GSA for Gender and Sexuality Alliances) and listed in calendar date order. Please email any questions you may have or to suggest an event.

Ongoing

Gender Inclusive Schools Training

This one-day training will provide school staff with the tools to be responsive to local, state and federal laws in place to support transgender and gender expansive youth. This training is built to increase knowledge about gender, understand the barriers to transgender and gender expansive youth in educational settings and provide education leaders with the skill set to address challenging situations stemming from bigotry. Elementary training is offered only for individuals working in K-5 schools.

Dates for elementary students:

  • March 4, 2019
  • April 8, 2019
  • May 6, 2019

Dates for middle school and high school students:

  • March 11, 2019
  • March 18, 2019
  • April 15, 2019
  • May 2, 2019
  • May 13, 2019
  • May 20, 2019

March

Visualizing Identities at the Jewish Museum

  • When: March 5, 12, 19, or 26, 2019, from 4:30 PM–6:30 PM
  • Location: Jewish Museum
    1109 5th Ave (at 92nd Street)
    New York, NY 10128
  • For more information, or to register, please call 212.423.3254 or email teenprograms@thejm.org.

The Jewish Museum invites high school Gender & Sexuality Alliance clubs to join us for discussion and artmaking each Tuesday in March. We will delve into representations of gender identity and expression; to social conventions and customs; and to contemporary and historical activism via discussion in the Museum’s galleries and by making art in our studio. Each session will explore paintings, photographs, sculptures, and objects from around the world in the Museum’s new collection exhibition, Scenes from the Collection.

The workshop is repeated each Tuesday in March. Visits are first come, first served. GSA Clubs are encouraged to register as a group, but individual students are welcome to register. Snacks will be provided.

LGBTQ Affirming Schools — Elementary

  • When: Thursday, March 21, 2019
  • Location: Bedford Neighborhood Health Action Center,
    485 Throop Ave.,
    Brooklyn, NY, 11221
  • Register now

In this workshop, participants explore a range of approaches for making schools more inclusive for all students. Educators and staff learn how classroom strategies, such as lessons that embrace family and gender diversity and address bias-based bullying, can make a difference in increasing school connectedness and promoting success for all students.

Participants receive and learn how to use several resources developed specifically for elementary schools that address gender identity and sexual orientation in the classroom, including lesson plans from Welcoming Schools and GLSEN. They also receive free books t

hat address topics of bias, bullying, and acceptance, and develop accompanying lesson plans.

Workshop participants learn strategies to implement the NYCDOE Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Student Guidelines. Participants prepare to turnkey workshop information to their colleagues and introduce the OUT for Safe Schools® badge program in their school.

2019 Live Out Loud Young Trailblazers’ Scholarship

Live Out Loud wants to reward hard-working LGBTQ students for their leadership, courage and achievement. Let us help make your college dreams a reality!

  • Who: LGBTQ High school seniors from the New York tri-state area (NY, CT, NJ).
  • What: $10,000 scholarships for LGBTQ youth who have the courage to Live Out Loud!
  • When: Application deadline is March 31, 2019.
Scholarships will be awarded at Live Out Loud’s Spring Gala on May 7, 2019.

April

#GetJustice LGBT Youth Summit

  • When: Monday, April 1, 2019, from 9:00 AM–1:45 PM
  • Location: CUNY School of LAW
    2 Ct Square W
    Long Island City, NY 11101
  • More Information

The annual #GetJustice LGBT Youth Summit, presented by the LGBT Network, is Queens’ LGBT activism and advocacy conference that educates and empowers students, educators, professionals, health and human service providers, and other members of the community. The Summit offers attendees an in-depth education on Sexual and Reproductive Justice (SRJ), and how to use SRJ principles and strategies to advocate and organize for the needs and rights of the LGBT community, particularly LGBT youth.

Equity and Excellence — Empower Students on Their Paths to Success

  • When: Tuesday, April 9, 2019, from 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Location: Queens High School for Information, Research, and Technology
    8-21 Bay 25 Street
    Queens, NY 11691
  • RSVP Now

At this Showcase, visitors will learn how the Queens High School for Information, Research, and Technology applies an equity lens to college access and readiness. For the school, this involves knowing every student and meeting their individual needs to ensure access is given to all students. Visitors will learn about the individualized college and career plans that prepare students for college and beyond. Additionally, visitors will learn about their instructional approach to "vertically aligned curriculum" to ensure all students can successfully matriculate through high school and pursue post-secondary options. At the end of the day, visitors will have an opportunity to plan how they can translate and adapt these practices into their own work.

Being Upstanders for LGBTQ Youth — an OUT for Safe Schools Webinar

OUT for Safe Schools® is a national initiative that helps educators, administrators, and other school district employees “come out” as visible allies for LGBTQ students. As part of the program, participating staff wear badges identifying themselves as allies in order to make school a safer, more welcoming place. Participants learn how to implement the OUT for Safe Schools program in their schools, discuss the importance of the OUT for Safe Schools program, and identify strategies for building safer, more affirming schools for LGBTQ students.

May

LGBTQ Affirming Schools — Middle/High School

  • When: Friday, May 10, 2019, from 830:AM – 2:50 PM
  • Location: High School of Fashion Industries
    225 West 24th st.
    Manhattan, NY, 10011
  • Register now

In this workshop, participants explore a range of approaches to make schools more inclusive for all students. Educators and staff learn why and how classroom strategies—such as an inclusive curriculum, the presence of a Genders and Sexualities Alliance (GSA), and other school-based strategies—can increase school connectedness and promote success for all students.

Participants receive and learn how to use several tools, including the NYCDOE-recommended Understanding Self-Identity health education supplement; the Scenarios USA Man in the Mirror video and accompanying lesson plan; Respect for All resources; the NYCDOE Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Student Guidelines; and tools for building a GSA.

Finally, participants prepare to turnkey workshop information to their colleagues and introduce the OUT for Safe Schools® badge program in their school.

LGBTQ+ Identity: Inclusive Schools Professional Development Opportunity

  • You can catch this session on any of the following days:
    • Friday, May 17, 2019, from 8:30 AM – 3 PM
    • Wednesday, May 22, 2019, from 8:30 AM – 3 PM
    • Friday, May 24, 2019, from 8:30 AM – 3 PM
  • Location: WNET New York Public Media
    825 8th Ave
    New York, NY, 10019
  • RSVP Now

Open to classroom educators, guidance counselors, and school administrators interested in exploring different approaches for making schools more inclusive for all students. Educators will learn why it’s important to create inclusive schools, how to implement effective strategies and inclusive curriculum, and other school-based strategies. Workshop presenters include WNET New York Public Media and the DOE.

Gender Conference NYC

  • When: Friday, May 31, 2019 and Saturday, June 1, 2019
  • Where: LaGuardia Plaza Hotel
    104-04 Ditmars Blvd.
    East Elmhurst, NY 11369
  • More Information

Gender Conference NYC offers a two day conference. Day 1 is a professional symposium and will offer engaging workshops, panels, and networking opportunities for professionals working with gender expansive youth and their families. Disciplines include education, mental health, medicine, law, racial justice, research, and community organizing. Day 2 is a family and youth day that supports parents, extended family, caregivers, and allies with community-building opportunities and workshops. Youth program is crafted into three camps: elementary, middle, and high schools, offering age-appropriate, supportive spaces for youth and siblings to build connections and be themselves.

June

March with DOE in Queens Pride

  • When: Sunday, June 2, 2019, at TBD (Typically 11 AM)
  • Location: Line Up Location TBD
  • Registration Opens in May

The New York City Department of Education will march in various LGBTQ pride events during the month of June. All school community members are welcome to join marches in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. The lead chaperone can register their school to receive sample permission slips and additional information after discussing with their school leader. Alternatively, adult participants (DOE employees and their invited guests) can register to march as an adult participant.

Sexuality, Women, and Gender (SWaG) Instructional Equity Conference

  • When: Thursday, June 6, 2019
  • Location: Fiorella H. Laguardia High School
    100 Amsterdam Ave.
    New York, NY, 10023
  • Registration Opens in May

The Sexuality, Women, and Gender (SWaG) Instructional Equity Conference will take place at LaGuardia High School, 100 Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan, from 9:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Teachers are invited to learn about building equity for people of all gender identities and sexual orientations in the classroom, whether in STEM, ELA, Social Studies, Health, or more. Workshops will be presented by community partners and experienced educational professionals. Note that the conference is scheduled for Anniversary Day, a non-attendance day for students. Five hours of CTLE credit will be offered for NYC Department of Education teachers who attend the entire day.

March with DOE in Brooklyn Pride

  • When: Saturday, June 8, 2019, at TBD (Typically 6 PM)
  • Location: Line Up Location TBD
  • Registration Opens in May

The New York City Department of Education will march in various LGBTQ pride events during the month of June. All school community members are welcome to join marches in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. The lead chaperone can register their school to receive sample permission slips and additional information after discussing with their school leader. Alternatively, adult participants (DOE employees and their invited guests) can register to march as an adult participant.

NYC Pride — Youth Pride

  • When: Saturday, June 29, 2019, from 12PM–6PM
  • Where: SummerStage Central Park
    5th Ave. at 69th st.,
    New York, NY, 10065
  • Get tickets

A place for young people to celebrate NYC Pride with their friends. Fun interactive experiences, games, and entertainment for all that attend. This event is free and open to the public under 21, but registration is required. There is a $10 registration fee for individuals over 21-years-old. Identification will be checked onsite to verify free entry for patrons under 21-years-old.

March with DOE in NYC Pride March (Manhattan)

  • When: Sunday, June 30, 2019, at TBD (Typically 10 AM)
  • Location: Line Up Location TBD
  • Registration Opens in May

The New York City Department of Education will march in various LGBTQ pride events during the month of June. All school community members are welcome to join marches in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. The lead chaperone can register their school to receive sample permission slips and additional information after discussing with their school leader. Alternatively, adult participants (DOE employees and their invited guests) can register to march as an adult participant.

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