Manitoba: StandOUT! GSA/Diversity Provincial Conference (Winnipeg)

The Rainbow Resource Centre, in partnership with Jer’s Vision, is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual StandOUT! Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) and Diversity Provincial Conference! The conference is for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit, Queer, Questioning and Allied* (LGBTTQQA*) youth being held on November 19th, 2012 at The Canad Inns Polo Park Destination Centre.

The conference invites teachers and students from high schools across Manitoba and North Western Ontario to join us for a day of learning, skills building, discussions, fun and networking! StandOUT! is an adult facilitated and peer-led leadership conference aimed at supporting youth in taking an active role in creating school environments free from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity.

There will be a wide range of powerful youth-focused workshops specifically related to GSA’s and LGBTTQQA* Youth Issues. Schools that do not have a GSA but have interested youth are welcome. The schedule will be packed with in-depth learning activities, personal and group growth opportunities, healthy discussions, and social activism.

Drawing on the themes of Visibility, Action, Support and Pride, approximately 250 students and 100 teachers / service providers will take part in the learning. Two streams will be offered: one focussing on a series of workshops for youth and another for teachers / service providers to help build awareness and equip them with the skills required to support diversity and inclusion in their school environments. Both students and teachers will return to their origins with knowledge to share and implement in creating a safer environment for their students and staff.