Almost half of all gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people hide their sexual orientation or gender identity in public for fear of violence or discrimination.
LGBTI Awareness Training
This is one of the facts Katherine and Stevie from Living Proud explained at the recent LGBTI Awareness Training. The training provides Rise staff with valuable information to ensure we provide an inclusive community that supports everyone.
We don’t have to be bound by societies constructs about what we should and shouldn’t be.
Now public perception has shifted and it’s lovely that people want to celebrate with us. There are still struggles but it’s nice people are finding the positives and want to celebrate with us.
Stevie has devoted a lot of time to community service at Living Proud, The Freedom Centre and Lifeline.
People can be a bit scared and getting the information can break down barriers so they are equipped to provide a service that’s more inclusive.
Do you know what Cisgender means?
A person whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their birth sex.
Language plays an important role in supporting the LGBTI community. Katherine and Stevie explained the meaning of different words and the importance of using inclusive language that is respectful to how people describe their own bodies, gender and relationships.
Organisations are starting to realise some of their clients and staff are LGBTI. It’s important that their services are inclusive and individuals can be their whole self at work.