The Community Safety Network rescheduled its community conversation for Monday, March 6, after last week’s winter storm forced a postponement.
The event will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Old Wilson Schoolhouse Community Center. The Community Safety Network will be hosting Stephanie Brill from Gender Spectrum to develop a deeper understanding of serving the LGBTQ+ community through the human service and health sectors.
Human services providers, counselors and health care professionals are specifically encouraged to attend, said Adrian Croke, director of education and outreach for the Community Safety Network.
“As we know from the Community Foundation’s Mental Health Needs Assessment, Teton County’s LGBTQ+ community reports poor mental health days and high barriers to care,” Croke said in an email. “As human service providers, it is our responsibility to examine and decrease these barriers. CSN reached out to Stephanie Brill to help us understand this community’s unique needs and struggles, and we thought we would invite our health and human service partners to join us in this staff training experience.”
Croke said attendees can expect to leave the training with “a common framework and language for gender to support interactions with those seeking services, as well as with colleagues and other constituents,” as well as some practical steps providers can take to build a welcoming, inclusive and informed organization.
The Safety Network provides a free, confidential and safe place for people affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in the Jackson area.
Brill is the founder and board chair of Gender Spectrum, a national organization that works to create gender-sensitive and -inclusive environments for all children and teens.
Gender Spectrum’s resources include online groups and events for gender-diverse youth and families, as well as training and guidance for educators, physicians and mental health providers.
“By opening up our training to our partners, we hope to build a sense of community and transparency around organizations looking inward at their policies and practices to build more inclusive workplaces and services,” Croke wrote in an email.
Brill is also co-founder and board chair of Reimagine Gender, which works with corporations, nongovernmental organizations, legislators and policymakers to expand concepts of gender.
Croke said a livestream of the event will not be available.
Kate Ready covers criminal justice and emergency news. Originally from Denver, Kate studied English Literature at UC Berkeley and is excited to bring her love for the mountains and storytelling to Jackson.
Traditional gender roles are an important part of the culture that leads to successful, happy lives for the majority of people. People should be welcome to present whatever persona they wish without persecution, but they shouldn't expect affirmation or even acceptance, just tolerance - so long as they aren't being inappropriate with kids present. Gender fluidity is currently a social contagion and should be resisted by society. Sex is binary. Children shouldn't be subjected to any medical interventions.
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