Thursday, June 30, 2016

New Training Opportunity for Foster Parents!

Foundational Concepts of the LGBTQ Experience 

Wednesday, July 20,2016  5:30 - 7:30 PM 

Human Rights Education Institute, 414 Mullan Road, CDA

Juli Stratton was born and raised in Central Illinois.  After living in Chicago for 10 years, Juli moved to Post Falls 7 years ago with her wife and 2 fur kids.   In early 2014, out of a desperate need for a sense of belonging and developing community, Juli became the founding president of the re-kindled PFLAG Coeur d’Alene.  The past three years, Juli has worked as an advocate and educator for the LGBT community; focusing on bringing awareness to the LGBT experience and the need to update the Idaho Human Rights Act by adding the words, “gender identify and sexual orientation.”  

In addition to her PFLAG work, Juli also serves as the Idaho State PFLAG Coordinator, community advisor to the North Idaho College Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Leadership Action Team member for the Pride Foundation, and is the founding organizer of the North Idaho Pride Alliance (an organization that empowers and celebrates community diversity for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allied citizens to lead authentic, healthy, and successful lives).  

Juli is the primary LGBT educator and trainer in North Idaho and has presented to health care and mental health providers, social workers, criminal justice professionals, and various community groups.  She is a gay, gender-nonconforming person who weaves research based information and the lived experience into her presentations.

Juli holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and Community Services from the University of Illinois at Springfield and is the owner of STA Consulting.

Foundational Concepts of the LGBTQ Experience

This 2 hour workshop is a basic introduction to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) experience through defining common terminology and concepts, the impact of positive and negative coming out experiences, risks and resiliency factors for LGBTQ youth, and identifying resources and opportunities for further learning. By relying on lecture and discussion, participants have the opportunity to examine their existing beliefs and gain an understanding of how they can create a more inclusive and supportive environment for LGBTQ people. 

Participants will:

o   Understand and distinguish the concepts of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”

o   Become familiar with terms related to sexual orientation and gender identity

o   Understand the “coming out” process, and the impact of acceptance or rejection on outcomes for LGBTQ youth

o   Identify risks for LGBTQ youth and discuss strategies to capitalize on their resiliency

If you wish to attend, please contact Diane Shriner at


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