iCare (increasing Community Awareness through Relevant Education)

iCARE is an educational initiative of the Upper Delaware GLBT Center designed to promote acceptance, awareness and understanding of LGBTQ individuals and the unique issues they face. Family and friends learn ways to provide support and create a home and social environment which will foster healthy development and build strong families. Those working with the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in their schools, businesses and agencies will learn how to be cultural competent and how to create safe and welcoming climates for students, staff and clients.

iCARE Workshops Workshops, ranging from one hour to a full day, are customized the meet the specific needs of each group and organization. Common topics currently include:

• LGBTQ 101 - This workshop covers LGBTQ Terminology, and explains the often misunderstood terms: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression of Gender.

• Bullying and the Impact on LGBTQ Youth -

• Understanding Transgender Identity

• Equality: It’s Not Just About Marriage

• Coming Out

• What to Do When Someone Comes Out to You

• Domestic Violence and the LGBTQ Victim

• My kid is gay, what should I do?

• LGBT Agency Assessment

• Creating a Safe workplace

Is your workplace welcoming to LGBTQ staff and clients?

Can you list at least three specific ways in which it is? If not, it probably isn’t. Working with the LGBTQ population requires a certain level of cultural competency. Education on the needs, challenges and issues of this population will provide the sensitivity and language to enable you to work respectively and effectively with LGBTQ staff and community.

When you know better, you do better.

~ Maya Angelo