More than Unicorns and Rainbows: Engaging LGBTQ Teens
Track: Recreation Programming

Thursday, May 5, 2016 | 2:45 to 4:00pm

Randy Wiger, Recreation Program Coordinator, City of Seattle Parks and Recreation

Session Description:

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) teens are coming out ever earlier it seems, yet too many face heavy burdens as young people, so much so that every year some take their own lives. One burden we can change is to make our recreation programs more welcoming to these vulnerable populations. Do you know how well your teen programs are serving LGBTQ youth? Find out how your programs and facilities can become safe and welcoming places for all teens, including LGBTQ teens.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will assess the attitude and climate of their facility/program towards LGBTQ teens.
  • Participants will understand the critical components that make a facility/program safe for LGBTQ teens.
  • Participants will identify three elements of their facility/program to change to ensure a welcoming and safe environment for LGBTQ teens.