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September 2019 Edition 
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September is Child Welfare Workforce Development Month and what better way to celebrate than with All Children - All Families resources? Read this guide on staff training tips to ensure lasting changes in your LGBTQ client engagement. Or take a moment to share a resource from this compilation to encourage your colleagues to continue their learning on LGBTQ topics. And below you’ll find details for the first webinar of our 2019-2020 series. Register today to learn how you can advance change for LGBTQ youth of color impacted by child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
 

Upcoming Webinar in Partnership with
The Williams Institute

 

On October 9th, the next All Children - All Families webinar series launches with a brand new offering presented in partnership with our friends at The Williams Institute. The 60-minute webinar, “Advancing Change to Promote Well-Being with LGBTQ Youth of Color Impacted by Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems,” will explain how racism and LGBTQ stigma increase risk of system-involvement for LGBTQ youth of color. The value of an intersectional approach to understand risk, as well as specific actions that those working within child welfare agencies can take to promote change will also be discussed. Click here to register and review the full list of presenters. This is the first offering in our five-part “At the Intersections” series of webinars focused on supporting LGBTQ youth.

Take Action to Increase Bi+ Visibility

As part of our celebration of Bisexual Awareness week, HRC released the 2019 Bi+ Youth Report this month in collaboration with the University of Connecticut. The report analyzes the experiences of nearly 9,000 bisexual, pansexual, queer and sexually fluid (bi+) youth and provides suggestions for what every reader can do to support bi+ young people. Download the report today.

An Overview of the Term “Latinx”

September is Latinx Heritage Month and in a recent blog post HRC’s Milagros Chirinos discussed the importance of this celebration and explained the meaning of “Latinx,” a term used rather than Hispanic or Latino to represent the identities of non-binary, gender non-conforming and gender-expansive people. “Latinx” also centers the lives of indigenous, Brazilian and other non-Spanish speaking people. Read the full post for guidance on using the terms “Hispanic,” “Latino,” and “Latinx” correctly and more on the history of Latinx Heritage Month.

Use of “They” As Non-Binary Pronoun Now in
Merriam-Webster Dictionary

This month Merriam-Webster expanded the definition of the word “they” to include its use as a singular pronoun for non-binary individuals. This is a great reminder for all of us to take action! Add your pronouns to your e-mail signature. Review forms and paperwork and change instances of “he or she” language to the simpler and more inclusive “they.” M-W also explores the historical use of “they” in an earlier post on its site - check it out to learn more.

Suicide Prevention Resources

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. Their services include the TrevorLifeline (1-866-488-7386) and many resources for preventing suicide and supporting LGBTQ youth. In February, our partners at The Trevor Project will present a webinar on their resources and research on LGBTQ youth mental health. You can register today and we will send out more details as the date gets closer.

ACAF Project Updates
 
Participants will receive login access to their 2020 Agency Self-Assessment next week!


Resource Spotlight

HRC’s Bisexual FAQ answers common questions about bi+ terminology and communities.



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