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Workshop to Address Concerns of LGBT Students

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Educators and students alike are invited to participate in “LGBT Students: What Educators Need to Know,” a daylong workshop scheduled August 6 at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. The workshop attempts to answer the question, “How can we, as educators, support LGBT students in our classrooms?”

The workshop, sponsored by GLSEN-Houston with additional information provided by HATCH and PFLAG, also discusses bullying and promoting safe schools, sexual orientation, gender identity and transgender issues, and coming out in educational settings.

“I think it’s a wonderful thing that teachers [are willing to] give up part of their summer so that they may better help all of their students,” said Deb Murphy, youth services specialist and director of the HATCH youth program of the Montrose Counseling Center. “Silence implies consent, and that’s especially true when we’re talking about hate.”

Murphy is a presenter at the workshop, along with Dr. Beth Hentges, UH-CL Psychology professor; Michael Migura, LCDC; Dr. Kim Case, UH-CL assistant professor and GLSEN Houston Steering Committee co-chair; Dr. Michele Kahn, UH-CL assistant professor; and James Alexander, who chairs PFLAG Houston’s Safe Schools Committee.

To register, log on to soe.uhcl.edu/backtotheu. —Nancy Ford

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