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 19, 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.

Warhol Queer Teen Night for LGBTQ Youth and Allies at The Whitney

  • When: Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Location: The Whitney (99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014)
  • More info

LGBTQ+ youth and allies are invited to a celebration inspired by the life and work of Andy Warhol at the Whitney Museum! Join youth from the LGBT Center and Whitney Youth Insights (YI) Leaders for art-making, performances with artist Raja Feather Kelly, snacks, and tours of Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again.

Out in Tech Mentorship Opportunity for Spring 2019!

  • Deadline: March 10, 2019 (with interviews on a rolling basis)
  • Location: The offices of tech companies (including Netflix and Spotify!)
  • Apply Now

Calling all of the LGBTQ+ youth interested in tech! Out in Tech U connects young people to tech mentors for 8 weeks to learn a hard skill (like creating an app or website) and soft skill (like resume writing or interviewing) of their choice. The program is free and includes trips to cool tech companies, like Microsoft and Google. Encouraged to apply:

  • LGBTQ+ identifying
  • 17-24 years old
  • Interested in tech

Affirming Student Identities — Systems and Practices that Foster Student Voice

  • When: Friday, March 15, 2019, from 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Location: Bronx Collaborative High School
    100 West Mosholu Parkway
    South Bronx, NY 10468
  • RSVP Now

Bronx Collaborative High School (BxCHS) is a Title I high school located in the Van Cortlandt Village neighborhood of the Bronx. This school believes that collaboration with scholars, government, community-based organizations, cultural institutions, educational programs, and outside professionals creates an ability to address issues of social justice and to create positive change in the world.

At this Showcase, visitors will learn how BxCHS affirms student identities, including their LGBTQ students, through practices that are responsive to the entire school community. Visitors will gain insight on how BxCHS provides opportunities for student agency, choice, and voice in their classrooms and community at large. Visitors will observe student-led lessons that affirm identities. Visitors will also have an opportunity to collaborate with staff to plan lessons that affirm student identities.

Live Out Loud presents Behind the Scenes: Disney

  • When: Tuesday, March 19, 2019, from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Location: New Amsterdam Theatre
    214 W 42nd Street,
    New York, NY 10036
  • Student ID required, 60 student max
  • RSVP to jd@liveoutloud.info

The Behind the Scenes Program is a monthly event hosted by a variety of companies and their LGBTQ ERGs around NYC. We invite high-school students to meet a panel of LGBTQ professionals, hear their coming out stories, and what it's like to be out and proud at work. The students also get a chance to meet members of other GSAs, and team up with them on activities that employees at the company would do on their day to day. We have partnered with companies such as Google, HBO, The New York Times, NBC, and Viacom.

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+ 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.

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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