Nice turnout for LGBT education event last Friday

More than one hundred participants representing Northeast Wisconsin long-term care agencies, advocacy, and human service organizations attended last Friday’s free training, “Aging in the LGBT Community and Addressing Resident Relationships.” Stacie Christian, UW-Green Bay diversity coordinator, represented UW Green Bay in hosting the event. See a photo and more.

LGBT event draws human service professionals to one-day workshop

mealy-topMore than one hundred participants representing Northeast Wisconsin long-term care agencies, advocacy, and human service organizations attended a showing of the critically acclaimed documentary “Gen Silent” in the Phoenix Rooms at UW-Green Bay last Friday. The film presentation was a central element of a free training session, “Aging in the LGBT Community and Addressing Resident Relationships.” The event, co-sponsored by the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Brown County and the UW Green Bay Pride Center, focused on the unique life experiences of LGBT older adults and the importance of honoring rights of LGBT individuals. Stacie Christian, UW Green Bay Diversity Coordinator, represented UW-Green Bay in hosting the event. UW Green Bay/Oshkosh Collaborative Master of Social Work graduate ADRC employee Sheri Mealy (at lectern in photo), organized the well-received event. Featured speakers included Kathy Flores, diversity coordinator for the city of Appleton, and Julie Button and Amy Panosh, ombudsmen with the State Board on Aging and Long-term Care.

Campus is site for workshop on aging in LGBT community

On Friday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Union’s Phoenix Room, the Pride Center and the Brown County Aging and Disability Resource Center will co-host a free training session, “Aging in the LGBT Community and Addressing Resident Relationships.” The presenters are Kathy Flores, the city of Appleton’s diversity coordinator and an activist on issues of domestic violence; and Amy Panosh and Julie Button, state of Wisconsin ombudsmen who advocate for and assist elderly people receiving long-term care in licensed facilities. Topics for discussion will include terminology, LGBT symbols, erroneous assumptions, various types of elder abuse, creating a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, and policies, procedures and resources that work. The morning will include a screening of the acclaimed documentary, “Gen Silent.” Organizers say the event will be of benefit to those who work with older adults and caregivers and want to learn more about the life experiences of LGBT elderly. A draft policy will be reviewed and discussion will include recommendations for addressing resident relationships. Questions should be directed to Sheri Mealy of the Resource Center at 448-6464.

Upcoming events: Transgender panel, Reich’s ‘Inequality for All,’ Ally training

Three events of possible interest during February are:
* Wednesday, Feb. 19 — The LGBTQ Resource Center is sponsoring a Transgender Guest Panel from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Christie Theatre, followed by an open house with cake and refreshments in the LGBTQ Resource Center.
* Wednesday, Feb. 19 — The American Intercultural Center and the Dean of Students are sponsoring the screening of the award-winning film “Inequality for All” from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Christie Theatre. The 2013 documentary features former U.S. cabinet secretary Robert Reich sharing his views on what he says is the nation’s most pressing problem: a widening economic gap.
* Friday, Feb. 21 — SAFE Ally training will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. in the LGBTQ Resource Center, adjacent to the AIC. To register for this class, and to inquire about others including the new Level 2 class, please contact director Stacie Christian.

Reminder: SAFE Ally training

Seats for the Fall Semester SAFE Ally training are filling quickly. There are four more seats available for the Friday, Oct. 4 session from 9 to 11 a.m. Six seats are available for the Nov. 13, 1 to 3 p.m. session. Participants will receive up-to-date training on LGBTQ topics and will learn what it means to be affirming and supportive for individuals who are LGBTQ. In addition, you will receive a SAFE Ally decal to place in your office or by your dorm room. For more information, please contact Interim Diversity Director Stacie Christian.

Jeffreys, Smith part of news story on pope’s gay priest comments

Prof. Derek Jeffreys and Associate Prof. Christine Smith on Monday (July 29) were part of a Fox 11 News story on Pope Francis’ recent comments concerning gay priests. “If a person is gay and accepts the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge them?” the pontiff said during a recent interview. Smith, representing the Rainbow Over Wisconsin LGBT advocacy group, said the pope’s statement was refreshing and indicated more openness — “sort of a friendlier pope,” she said. Still, Smith added, “on the one hand it’s a more welcoming tone, but it’s certainly not anything that’s different from Catholic ideology.” Jeffreys, Humanistic Studies and Religion, agreed, saying that the remarks don’t likely mean the pope is going to change the teachings of the Catholic Church. But “I think people are going to have to get used to a different style with the papacy from the last two popes, and this pope speaks very freely.” Full story.

Nominations for Lavender Leadership Award

Nominate a UW-Green Bay senior, staff and/or faculty member for the Lavender Leadership Award which was instituted in 2011 to recognize those who have made significant contributions to improving the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The honorees will be honored at the Lavender Graduation in April. Once your nomination is submitted, the nominee will be contacted to complete the nomination process. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, March 1, 2013 at www.uwgb.edu/aic/lavender.asp.

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Lavender Graduation is April 11: The Lavender Graduation is a special graduation ceremony that honors the achievements of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students on campus. Lavender Graduation is a collaborative event supported by many different student support service offices. This spring’s event will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the University Union’s 1965 Room.

You’re invited to attend Lavender Leadership Awards, April 18

Last week we shared notice of the opportunity to nominate a candidate for the Lavender Leadership Award program. This week, we extend an invitation to any and all to show their support for the Lavender Graduation event through their attendance at the program on Wednesday, April 18. Please direct questions and RSVPs to staff member Vickie Kersten in the American Intercultural Center (before April 5 for reservations).

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Reminder on nominations: The Lavender Leadership Awards recognize outstanding graduating seniors, staff and faculty who have made significant contributions to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people at UW-Green Bay. Nominations are requested by March 9. See our previous post.

Planning Committee needed for first ‘Lavender Graduation’ in April 2012

Lavender Graduation is a cultural celebration that recognizes LGBT students and their allies of all races and ethnicities and acknowledges their achievements and contributions to the university as students who survived and thrived in college. If you are interested in being a part of this planning committee, please contact multicultural adviser Mai J. Lo Lee.