Sexual minorities are found throughout society. In several countries such as Canada, LGBT people enjoy legal protection against any form of discrimination but this does not mean that they are fully socially integrated. We have, however, everything to gain by opening ourselves to diversity and to the many contributions of LGBT people.
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Despite the goodwill demonstrated by many institutions, much work remains to be done to ensure that LGBT people feel that they are not merely tolerated . This often becomes fully apparent when a situation involving sexual minorities presents itself to an institution.
We have the experience to quickly identify the needs of your institution and develop an intervention plan that covers not only the timely response to the crisis, conflict or question at hand but also the prevention of such problems in the future.
Here are some of the types of situations where our consulting services might be useful :
- I am a High school principal. Many students experience homophobic harassment and bullying. How to change the school culture?
- Our elementary school has just learned that a young male child will begin to attend school as a girl. How do we handle this situation with other children ? With other parents?
- Our school Board commissioners and upper management would like to know what our legal responsibilities are in relation to the goal of reducing homophobia in our schools.
- We are a center specializing in the treatment of STIs and HIV. The gay and bisexual men with HIV that we work with are doing well in terms of HIV, but seem to have other types of challenges standing in the way of their health and wellness . How can we expand our services beyond HIV?
- I work in a drug and alcohol treatment center and we want LGBT people who use our services to feel more welcome. Could you help us identify needs and develop an action plan?
- I work in a youth welfare center that assesses LGBT people, same-sex and transgender couples who want to foster or adopt. We want to ensure that all our professionals reach a uniform comfort level and know the right questions to ask in completing these assessments.
- I work in a women’s shelter and we have recently been approached by a very masculine-looking person who says she’s a transsexual woman and need our services. We need help to decide how to deal with such a request.
- Our Christian congregation has decided to be more open to welcoming LGBT people. Some members are strongly opposed. Can you facilitate a discussion around this issue?
- I work in the Human resources department of a company. We have just learned that a male employee intends to come to work dressed as a female. What are our rights and responsibilities to the employee ? To other employees? How can we ensure that our work teams will not be disrupted?
- One of our employees refuses to work in a team with a gay employee claiming that it puts her in conflict with her religious and moral values. How can we resolve this issue in a way that is respectful of both employees?
- Our lawyers would like to be better equipped to understand the issues facing children whose parent undergoes a sex change.
- I am a psychologist specialized in Child custody evaluations and I’ve been asked to assess a family in conflict with regards to the behaviour of the 6 year old boy who dresses-up as a girl and plays exclusively with girl toys. The parents are separated. The father accuses his ex-wife of forcing their son to play with girl toys because she always wanted a girl and was disappointed when she learned she was having a boy. The father claims that his son behaves typically masculine when with him. He is suing for sole custody of the child. How can I best assess this situation and the best interest of the child?
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