Webinar: Doing Better for LGBTQ2+ Communities in Health & Social Services

Wednesday, October 9th from 1 - 2 p.m. EST

This webinar is hosted by the Child Welfare League of Canada and the Canadian Association of Social Workers.

20-40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ2+. 70% of trans youth have experienced sexual harassment. More than one-third of trans youth ages 14-18 have been physically threatened or injured in the past year. LGBTQ2+ individuals experience significantly higher rates of mental health problems and substance use issues than their heterosexual and cisgender peers. Despite greater health and social service needs, LGBTQ2+ communities are less likely to access health services – and are all too likely to have negative experiences when they do. 

This presentation will bring together the results of Wisdom2Action’s recent report on LGBTQ2+ youth and Gender-Based Violence alongside the expertise of our affiliates in LGBTQ2+ inclusion in health and social services to provide participants with a deeper understanding of the experiences of LGBTQ2+ young people, and practical tips and tricks for improving LGBTQ2+ inclusion in your practice and workplace.

LGBTQ2+ inclusion is about more than a rainbow sticker. True inclusion requires a fulsome commitment to organizational culture change to embed LGBTQ2+ inclusion as a core principle and practice at all levels.

Specific learning objectives for this presentation are to:

  1. Understand how the health and well-being of LGBTQ2+ young people is shaped by systemic discrimination, homophobia, transphobia and gender-based violence.

  2. Become familiar with LGBTQ2+ terminology and the cultural context of gender, sex and sexuality.

  3. Develop strategies for bringing LGBTQ2+ inclusion into your organization.

  4. Learn about practical tips and tricks for embedding LGBTQ2+ inclusion in your practice.

To learn more and to register visit the Child Welfare League of Canada.