Pride Center of Vermont’s Education program provides informational programs and related assistance for the purpose of educating people about language, inclusivity, and interrupting bias in a variety of settings.
We also offer advisory services to assist individuals, businesses and organizations in reviewing promotional and informational materials, forms, and other documentation for LGBTQ+ inclusivity.
Training & Workshops
Our LGBTQ+ Best Practices Training will cover a brief overview of identity development, provide exercises to distinguish and understand the components of the LGBTQ acronym, facilitate a discussion around pronouns and how to normalize conversations regarding personal pronouns, review the minority stress model, and hold a wrap-up conversation where participants identify best practices when working with LGBTQ+ clients using all of their newly gained information.
Participants will have a greater understanding of health disparities that impact LGBTQ communities
Participants will learn about the minority stress model and develop a holistic understanding of LGBTQ identities
Participants will identify best practices that they can incorporate into their work to enhance the accessibility of their programs and services among LGBTQ clients.
For individuals or small groups who are unable to book a private training with our Education team, Pride Center of Vermont offers periodical public LGBTQ+ Best Practices workshops. Click here to find upcoming events.
Our Education team offers advisory services to individuals, organizations, and companies seeking guidance to ensure LGBTQ+ inclusive language and policies in their internal and external communications. Assistance includes reviewing promotional, informational, and other documents, as well as forms and paperwork, for phrasing, gender and sexuality categories, and other features which can be updated to be more inclusive and accessible to the LGBTQ+ community. These services are available on a donation-based sliding fee scale. Please complete an advising request form here, or contact Gustavo at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is covered in the training?
A: The LGBTQ+ Best Practices Training will cover a brief overview of identity development, provide exercises to distinguish and understand the components of the LGBTQ acronym, facilitate a discussion around pronouns and how to normalize conversations regarding personal pronouns, review the minority stress model, and hold a wrap-up conversation where participants identify best practices when working with LGBTQ clients using all of their newly gained information.
Q: What set-up do you need for the presentation?
A: All of our trainings are currently virtual. For virtual trainings, we can provide a Zoom meeting link or use your organization’s preferred virtual meeting platform. Our in-person trainings require a projector & screen or TV hookup, as we use a PowerPoint presentation. We will bring along a flipchart, markers, and supplementary hand-outs.
Q: What is the cost of training?
A: Pricing is dependent on training length, group size, and other details specific to each organization or entity’s training needs. We have a limited ability to provide grant-sponsored trainings for health/care or DV/SV/survivor oriented entities and organizations, based on funding availability and need. Our staff prioritizes smaller and rural organizations for grant-sponsored trainings. Please contact us to discuss.
Kim Jordan (she/her)
Kim moved to Burlington, Vermont in 1998 and has lived many lives since then. Prior to working at Pride Center, Kim was a Victim Services Coordinator and Victim Liaison for restorative justice processes at the Burlington Community Justice Center. Kim has also worked as a domestic and sexual violence advocate with the DIVAS Program at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility and Legal Advocate and Volunteer and Training Coordinator at Steps to End Domestic Violence.
Anne Moyerbrailean (she/her)
Anne Moyerbrailean is the SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program Coordinator at Pride Center of Vermont. Anne is the lead advocate with the program and provides emotional support, advocacy, and referrals to LGBTQ+ survivors of violence. She has worked with LGBTQ+ survivors of violence for the past four years in a variety of capacities, some of which include: supporting LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and refugees, leading relationship skills workshops, facilitating comprehensive LGBTQ+ 101 trainings, and providing emotional support, advocacy, and referrals to LGBTQ+ survivors of violence.
Gustavo Mercado Muniz (they/them)
Gustavo Mercado Muñiz is the Transgender Program Coordinator at the Pride Center of Vermont. They are a queer, non-binary puertorriqueñe born and raised on the island, and they work to center the voices of trans people of color in education. Gustavo is a passionate queer and racial activist who is working on making spaces more accessible and safe for all folks in the community. Their work is focused on holding the intersections of community members’ identities in a place of value in terms of the knowledge these intersections generate. This can be seen through the myriad of programming they are continually working on bringing to the Pride Center for the trans community, as well as their work with THRIVE: QTBIPOC Programming.
Taylor Small (she/her)
Taylor Small is the Director of the Health and Wellness Program at the Pride Center of Vermont. Taylor uses a holistic view in understanding her wellness work, and currently focuses on three main projects: HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, breast and cervical cancer screening education and referrals, and tobacco cessation education. Taylor is committed to community building and youth empowerment, as seen through her previous work at the Howard Center, Spectrum Youth & Family Services, Northwestern Counseling and Support Services, and Outright Vermont. She has a clear passion and drive to support the larger LGBTQ+ community of Vermont and has previously been featured on VPR discussing the “Trans & Non-Binary Experience in Vermont”.
In addition to our fantastic Education staff, Pride Center of Vermont also partners with independent facilitators in the community and from other organizations.
Some recent reviews from training & workshop participants:
- “I liked the use of humor to create a safe space. [Each of] the facilitators were FAB!”
- “I loved how inclusive and open people were, a true testament to the facilitator.”
- “I absolutely LOVE how open this entire conversation was!”
- “I thought it was upbeat + very informative! I feel there are ways with language that we can help society come into the times!”