Be part of our conversations:  We offer monthly webinars on a wide range of topics to help DV and LGBTQ organizations increase their capacity to serve LGBTQ survivors. Each year, the Institute holds National Q&A for Advocates, an in-person two-day intensive training and technical assistance opportunity for mainstream and LGBTQ specific programs.  The Institute also supports the NCAVP Roundtable, a two-day annual convening of by-and-for LGBTQ anti-violence advocates providing opportunities for training, connection and strategizing.

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08/15/2017 12:00 - 1:30 PM PDT
Adobe Connect

The built environment of communal living DV shelter facilities and the ramifications that come from accommodating those physical structures (screening, sex-segregation, staffing demands, policing of resident behaviors in communal living etc) create profound barriers to LGBTQ access to services. This webinar will push programs to re-think traditional approaches to communal emergency shelter and offer new concepts for the physical shelter environment as well as emerging best practices for “sheltering’.

HR for Liberation

09/05/2017 12:00 - 1:30 PM PDT
Adobe Connect

A survey of keystone policies and practices to prohibit discrimination and promote an equitable and welcoming work environment for LGBTQ people. The webinar includes recommendations and practice tools for non-discrimination, human resources, and workplace culture.

Name, Frame, and Respond: How to Respond to Harassment

09/19/2017 12:00 - 1:30 PM PDT
Adobe Connect

You have the policy, now what? This interactive webinar will prepare participants to name, frame, and respond to oppressive or concerning comments and actions, and incidents of harassment in anti-violence programs. Participants will respond to scenarios that address both overt and covert homophobia & transphobia, as well as role-playing through real-life situations generated by workers in the field. Content will focus on scenarios specific to both SA and DV advocacy. *A sense of humor and willingness to learn is highly suggested!

Discourse at the Intersections: HIV & Violence in LGBTQ Relationships

10/03/2017 12:00 - 1:30 PM PDT
Adobe Connect

This webinar explores the Northwest Network’s understanding of power and control in intimate relationships as it relates to the context and experiences of survivors and/or partners living with HIV/AIDS. To support creative, effective advocacy solutions we will highlight the impacts, vulnerabilities, and barriers LGBTQ, HIV positive/affected individuals face as it relates to domestic violence, systems, and communities. Through discussion and interactive activities, this session seeks to create discourse on the best practices and implications for safety planning with LGBTQ survivors living with or impacted by HIV/AIDS.

Art for Action II: Storytelling

10/17/2017 12:00 - 1:30 PM PDT
Adobe Connect

During a time of austerity and cutbacks, art is viewed more and more as a luxury for the few. But movements for social justice have long known that art and cultural work are necessary to give expression to our struggles, reach a broad base, and build power for change. In Part II of the Art for Action webinar series, the NW Network will explore how local anti-violence programs can continue to engage art for action with an emphasis on storytelling.

Form and Function: Using Inclusive and Culturally Responsive Language When Gathering Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

11/02/2017 12:00 - 1:30 PM PDT
Adobe Connect

Join us for this webinar on practical skills & best practices for utilizing inclusive and culturally responsive language when gathering demographic and intake data on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Unpacking Binary Systems of Sex and Gender

11/14/2017 12:00 - 1:30 PM PDT
Adobe Connect

Have you been feeling erased by recent conversations about gender? Have you wondered if you missed the meeting where we decided that sexism and transphobia were somehow two separate deals? Are you longing for a framework that links struggles for sexuality, gender and reproductive liberation for all people?

Drawing on their nearly 25 years together in the Trans Liberation and anti-violence movements, Jake Fawcett and Connie Burk will unpack the dominant culture Binary System of Sex and Gender. They will discuss the mechanisms of this system, demonstrate how it relies on white supremacy, colonization and consumerism as much as heteropatriarchy, and discuss how the system creates and enforces rigid expectations for people of all genders and sexual orientations.

Jake and Connie will argue that our current movements can learn from history and avoid the traps of pursuing respectability and controlling language and expression in the hopes of gaining inclusion in the status quo.

They will explore how our experiences relate and how our struggles for justice and liberation could be linked rather than divided. In particular, they will argue that liberation struggles of trans and gender non-conforming people and non-trans women are the ultimately the same.

And it will be hilarious and fun.

Evidence is Power

12/05/2017 12:00 - 1:30 PM PDT
Adobe Connect

Details to be announced

Basics of Advocacy with LGBTQ Survivors of Abuse

12/19/2017 12:00 - 1:30 PM PDT
Adobe Connect

Basics of Advocacy is a must have for any advocate looking to increase their capacity to support diverse LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence. This workshop will include basic information like decoding the LGBTQ “alphabet soup” as well as advanced analysis for understanding the unique and crosscutting issues facing LGBTQ survivors.