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SafeSpace’s Rural Provider Education Series: Gender Inclusive Language & Pronouns

January 9, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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One event on January 9, 2023 at 2:00 pm

A purple background with bubbles that each read: "Do you work in rural VT in healthcare, social services, wellness, or mental/emotional support?" "If so, do you work with LGBTQ+ people? (The answer is yes!) SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program invites you to a free virtual statewide Rural Provider Education Series!"

About January’s Session: Gender Inclusive Language & Pronouns
Thurs. 1/5 10am-11am or Mon. 1/9 2pm-3pm
(note that due to holiday, this Monday is actually the second of the month)

Language is a primary way that we connect with one another, and yet it can be the site of disconnection and harm when wielded without compassionate intension. Inclusive language can be a signal of safer supports for LGBTQ+ people who are experiencing sexual violence, intimate partner violence, dating violence, or stalking. We will consider what more inclusive language might look like in policy or practice, and explore an often gendered part of speech that makes a big difference in how welcoming and accessible our work is for many LGBTQ+ community members.

About this Series:

This series is designed for rural community support organizations to spend time with colleagues from across rural Vermont working toward increased support and access for rural LGBTQ+ survivors of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, dating violence, or stalking. This series is free for rural organizations, from healthcare to social services to community organizing bodies to emergency services. This series is facilitated by SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program’s Rural Advocacy Coordinator Shea Witzberger, with co-facilitation support by the fabulous SafeSpace team.

We envision one hour per month to come together and learn, and another hour per month available to any organization that chooses to access personalized/tailored consulting support or technical assistance. This series runs November ’22- March ’23. The monthly installments can be attended individually or together. There are two time slots available each month to accommodate for folks’ busy schedules and lives. Please only choose one (Monday or Thursday) slot per participant per month. We suggest attending in pairs or trios for most impact, though individuals are welcome.


December: Intro to LGBTQ+ Identities
Thurs. 12/1 10am-11am or Mon. 12/5 2pm-3pm

January: Gender Inclusive Language & Pronouns
Thurs. 1/5 10am-11am or Mon. 1/9 2pm-3pm
(note that due to holiday, this Monday is actually the second of the month)

February: Supporting LGBTQ+ Survivors
Thurs. 2/2 10am-11am or Mon. 2/6 2pm-3pm

March: Inclusive Practices and Barriers to Access
Thurs. 3/2 10am-11am or Mon. 3/6 2pm-3pm

April: Making an Accountability Action Plan
Thurs. 4/6 10am-11am or Mon. 4/10 2pm-3pm

Deeper descriptions are visible below in the registration form.

We strive to make this offering as accessible as possible. This session is being offered for free on Zoom. If other access accommodations (including but not limited to live captioning or ASL) are needed, please share them at least two weeks prior to the training date here, or by contacting shea@pridecentervt.org or by calling 802-451-0997, so we have enough time to organize these supports. We will do our best to meet access requests and have an access budget.

To Register:
Please use the form below to register. Please note that in addition to this form, there will be a brief conversation required with a facilitator to complete your registration and receive the zoom link to our sessions. These conversations can happen creatively in ways that meet access needs.

Register Here!

There is only space for a maximum of three participants per organization at this time. Please contact our Rural Advocacy Coordinator Shea at shea@pridecentervt.org or by calling 802-451-0997 to schedule a larger team training for your organization or coalition if more folks want to access this learning. Those offerings will also be free for participants.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2020-UD-AX-0008 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice.