Training and Education

Training & Education

​The Invisible Histories Project is a 501©3 nonprofit collecting, preserving, and researching the LGBTQ history of the US South. Co-directors, Joshua Burford and Maigen Sullivan, have been involved in LGBTQ education, organizing and history for nearly two decades. Joshua and Maigen combine their current historical work with their educational background in Queer theory and gender and sexuality studies. Both Joshua and Maigen have a wealth of experience providing LGBTQ inclusion training at institutions like the University of Alabama at Birmingham, The University of Alabama, the University of North Alabama, Alabama LGBT Issues in Counseling, Carolina’s Healthcare System, Novant Health, Duke Energy, Wells Fargo, University of Nebraska, University of Mississippi and the University of North Carolina Charlotte. 

IHP can be requested for formal trainings (large and small), lectures, customized trainings, guest speaking, and keynotes for universities, businesses, medical providers, corporate trainings, nonprofits, and K12 staff. 


Sample Training Topics

Trainings/Workshops/Lectures are divided into three categories below: General, Higher Ed & K12, and Healthcare. However, all topics can be customized for your audience.


General Sessions 

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Introduction to Gender, Sex, and Sexuality
This training is ideal for those new to concepts around LGBTQ people and issues as well as those wanting to refresh their knowledge. Participants will understand how gender, sex, and sexuality are constructed, review important vocabulary, and develop practical ways of working with LGBTQ people.

LGBTQ Climate Assessment
IHP provides consulting work for evaluating organizational climate for LGBTQ employees, clients, and students. Evaluations can be customized based on need, scale, and organizational focus. Specialized trainings and strategic plans can also be developed based on evaluation results. 

From Inclusion to Welcome: Creating LGBTQ Welcoming Spaces 
This training is ideal for those already familiar with the basics of LGBTQ identity and issues. During this interactive workshop, participants will be given best practices for creating welcoming spaces for their specific field as well as collectively brainstorming around issues in their office/organization and how to effectively address them. 

Bias and LGBTQ Health/Bias and LGBTQ Employees/Bias and LGBTQ Students
This training combines an overview of implicit bias and LGBTQ identity. Participants will understand how bias often manifests unintentionally and ways to mitigate their own biases. This training is ideal for those with a base knowledge of LGBTQ issues and identity. 

We Pick Our Names: Advanced Queer Language Lesson
How did we go from Gay & Lesbian to LGBTQ? How did Queer become a reclaimed word? Participants will explore the evolution of LGBTQ as a social identity as communities began to identify themselves through collective language. 

Queer Down South 
Despite popular opinion, the South is not (and has not) been a place of lack and despair for LGBTQ Southern people. Queerness in the South is defined not despite the environment, but because of it. This lecture explores the ways in which Southern Identities and Queer Identities intersect and how the LGBTQ South survives and thrives. 

Custom Sessions
Custom training and speaking are available upon request and will be developed based on your needs and audience.



Higher Education & K12

Bias and LGBTQ Health/Bias and LGBTQ Employees/Bias and LGBTQ Students
This training combines an overview of implicit bias and LGBTQ identity. Participants will understand how bias often manifests unintentionally and ways to mitigate their own biases. This training is ideal for those with a base knowledge of LGBTQ issues and identity. 

Early Acceptance: Creating Welcoming K12 Spaces
This workshop focuses specifically on K12 spaces. This training will provide a brief overview of concepts and terminology around LGBTQ people/issues, discuss barriers to success for LGBTQ students, and provide opportunities for participants to develop inclusive techniques for their students. This training is ideal for counselors, administrators, teachers, staff and nonprofits working with K12 students.

Healthcare

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Introduction to LGBTQ Health Barriers
This training will give people the opportunity to explore the historic barriers to health services within the LGBTQ community. Participants will learn basics around LGBTQ identity including language and inclusion practices that will lead to a discussion around creating welcoming healthcare spaces. 

Bias and LGBTQ Health/Bias and LGBTQ Employees/Bias and LGBTQ Students
This training combines an overview of implicit bias and LGBTQ identity. Participants will understand how bias often manifests unintentionally and ways to mitigate their own biases. This training is ideal for those with a base knowledge of LGBTQ issues and identity. 

From Compliance to Community Advocacy: A History of the LGBTQ Community’s Relationship to Medicine for Providers
This presentation will combine a timeline of medical history as it relates to LGBTQ people with an examination of language and practical ways that current and future medical providers can practice historically situated inclusion techniques. We want to empower attendees to move from merely complying with organizational non-discrimination policies to advocating for Queer and Trans patients through their day-to-day practices. 

Providing Holistic Healthcare for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Patients
Specific healthcare barriers exist for transgender and gender non-conforming patients. This training focuses specifically on those barriers and how to create welcoming medical spaces for transgender and gender non-conforming patients.



For inquiries and pricing, please complete the form below. In the comment section please leave the following:

1. Organization Making Request
2. Training Location
3. Potential Date(s)
4. Estimated presentation/speaking/training time length
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6. Requested Training/Speaking/Keynote (if a custom session is desired, please include details about that)
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