Beyond Tolerance Youth Conference May 4th


Friday, May 4th, 2012, 4:30-8:30 p.m.

Vanguard High School 317 East 67th Street (btwn 1st and 2nd Ave.)

Support provided by the Union Square Award, a project of the Tides Center


It’s annual conference focused on issues related to gender and sexuality organized specifically for middle and high school age youth and the adults who work with them.  Youth, community and school educators, and allies gather on a Friday afternoon from 4:30- 8:30 at Vanguard high school to give and attend workshops, visit tables from community organizations, and network with one another.  Pizza is served as an afternoon snack and the day closes with an open mic.

Here is our current list of workshops:

Session 1 (5:30- 6:25)

Playing the Roles: (de)Constructing Gender Identity & Expression

Through creative processes, participants will discuss and unpack how gender, gender role, identity and gender expression play out in their lives. Participants will engage in hands-on small group activities.

LGBTQ Youth Organizing!

Come learn about Make the Road NY’s Safe Schools Campaign! We will focus on the importance of recruitment and creating campaigns that will make your GSA stronger and ensure that your school is a safe space for everyone.

Trevor’s Lifeguard Workshop

The Lifeguard Workshop is a structured conversation with middle school, high school and college age youth regarding mental health, suicide and healthy ways to cope with stress and anxiety. The workshop informs youth of the various services offered by The Trevor Project and guides them in a conversation of how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to get help for themselves or a peer who may be feeling suicidal. The workshop ends by helping the participants identify ways that they will seek to deal with stress and anxiety in a healthy way and how to identify supportive adults in their own environment.

Safe, Fun and Sexy! Putting the Pleasure Back into Safe Sex

Not your science teacher’s sex ed! The CHAT peer educators will lead you through how to put the pleasure back into safe sex. We will walk you through how to use condoms and dental dams in a way that maximizes pleasure. And we’ll also break the ice around how to talk about safer sex with your partner. Join us for a fun and informative workshop with CHAT.


Session 2 (6:30- 7:25)

The Door – An Integrated Model for LGBT Youth Services  

This presentation will introduce participants to The Door – a youth development agency serving over 11,000 young people in New York City. The Door has over 40 years of experience integrating LGBT populations in with general programming and services safely and effectively.

A Year in the Life of a GSA  

Does your Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) need a little pep in it’s step? How about a pick-me-up? All out of fresh ideas? Or maybe you’re thinking of starting a GSA and want to know more about how others run theirs? Everyone is invited to be part of this interactive and information-sharing session to create a calendar of engaging and powerful menu of programs and discussions for their GSA or similar student group.

The Voice of Performance: What are you saying? How are you saying it?

The art of performing is a complex form. You have to make what you’re saying show through how you’re saying it. The performance has to do the message justice. Learn how to exercise both art forms whether you’re talking about love, social justice, family, or anything on your heart.

Whose Eyes Are You Looking Through?

Join bklyn boihood in a facilitated discussion that will break down the negative and/or problematic stereotypical portrayals of Black masculinity in contemporary media. We’ll consider how these images/portrayals inform our understanding of what it means to identify as trans and female-bodied masculine-of-center people and most importantly, how to consistently push back against those stereotypes and create strong, healthy self-identity.

Human Sexuality Alphabet Soup

Have you ever wondered what all those letters—LGBTQ—actually mean? Are you interested in learning more about things like sexual orientation and gender? This workshop is for everyone, whether you are questioning your sexuality or you have it all figured out. We will explore myths and stereotypes of all of these labels, and talk to people who have gone through different experiences figuring out their sexuality or gender identity. Make sure to bring an open mind!

LGBTQ In The Back Of The Room: A Forum For Pre-Service Teachers
An open forum for pre-service teachers to discuss how LGBTQ issues have impacted their student-teaching experiences. We will also discuss our hopes and concerns about tackling LGBTQ issues in the teaching profession.


Interested?  Come find out more!

You can REGISTER HERE for this event.

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