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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  •  Workshops center on gay issues

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  •  MILFORD - The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will present a series of workshops at the UDGLBT Center at 201 W. Harford St., Milford. The workshops will begin Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m.The workshops are part of the UDGLBT’s education initiative, Increasing Community Awareness through Relevant Education (iCARE).iCARE will sponsor workshops on various Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Queer (GLBTQ) related topics. UDGLBT, Executive Director, Patty Tomaszewski said, "We are excited to offer programs that will increase awareness and promote understanding." She added that, "We believe through education we will dispel misconceptions and create a united community that embraces diversity." iCARE programs are free and open to the public.The initial schedule is:• Tuesday, March 26: GLBT 101 – The session will define the common acronyms and terms used in the GLBT community. The difference between sex, gender identity, expression of gender and sexual orientation will also be addressed.• Tuesday, April 16: Coming Out – The process of coming out about one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity is often difficult. This workshop will explore the coming out process and provide some helpful things to consider when thinking about coming out. It will also help those wondering what to do or how to respond when someone comes out to you.• Tuesday, April 30: Equality – LGBT individuals do not have many of the same right as their heterosexual peers, nor are they afforded the same protection under many laws. This session will examine some of the inequalities that exist.• Tuesday, May 7: Bullying – LGBTQ youth are at highest risk of bullying. Yet, they are offered the least protection and support. This session will focus on some of the unique challenges LGBTQ youth face. Cyber bullying, as well as other forms of bullying will be discussed.The initial iCARE workshop, a Community Forum on HIV Criminalization, was a huge success. Anyone who knows or cares about LGBT individuals and is interested in learning more about LGBT issues or creating a welcoming environment for the GLBTQ community should attend. Individuals involved with GLBTQ youth include teachers, parents and families are strongly encouraged to attend.People should watch iCare's website for announcements of future workshops. Also, iCare can be found on Facebook, where they can be LIKEd.The Upper Delaware GLBT Center is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides services to the GLBTQ community in an effort to support, empower and encourage acceptance. Additional information is available at www.udglbt.org or by emailing info@udglbt.org.
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