PARENTS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS ALLIED WITH THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY
Westwood's Guest Speaker Series:
Español So Cal
24th Annual Models of Pride (MOP) conference held on the USC campus.
Models of Pride, one of the largest, free conferences for LGBTQ youth in the world, is sponsored by LifeWorks of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. MOP also includes a program for parents, guardians, foster parents, and professionals who work with LGBTQ youth. Members of PFLAG Los Angeles, PFLAG Orange County, PFLAG Pasadena, and PFLAG Ventura helped to organize the program and are presenting several workshops.
Called the Parent & Professional Institute (PPI), the program will offer over 25 workshops in sessions tailored for diverse groups. Sessions include “How to Advocate for Your LGBTQ Student” “Beautiful Mind: Signs and Symptoms of Mental Health Issues in LGBTQ Youth,” "Becoming a Trans Ally, “Keeping Faith: Honoring Your Child and Your Faith,” and "Talking with Your LGBTQ Teen About Sex," and "Practical Learning in Working with LGBTQ Youth."
There are workshops for “novice parents” just beginning to get information about LGBTQ youth and how to parent them; parents seeking specific information about resources and the rights of LGBTQ youth; parents of transgender and gender non-conforming youth; and professionals such as GSA advisors, school counselors and administrators, therapists, and other professionals working with LGBTQ youth.
We hope you’ll come yourself–as a participant or a volunteer–and invite others. Both LGBTQ youth and their parents and guardians get a boost in confidence from the workshops and the camaraderie at Models of Pride.
Up-to-date information about registration and the program will be posted at modelsofpride.org.