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This winter, the Utah Pride Center will offer its LGBTQ Cultural Competency Training Series for individuals, businesses and nonprofit groups seeking to learn more about the needs and challenges lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning individuals face. One of the Center’s regular outreach programs, the series is named T.R.A.I.N., or Training, Resources and Information Networks.

The three T.R.A.I.N. sessions will be held over the next three months. The first session, Jan. 27, will be LGBTQ 101. This will introduce participants to terminology, language and basic issues pertaining to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning individuals, offer information about risk factors this community faces, and provide suggestions for serving and assisting this community. On Feb. 24, LGBTQ 201 will take participants deeper into issues facing members of this community, from the development of sexual and gender identity to working with families headed by or with LGBTQ members. The final session, March 24, will be Transgender 201, which will specifically focus on the needs of transgender and gender variant individuals, including those who undergo sex reassignment surgery or who are in the process of transitioning sexes.

All sessions will be held in the Utah Pride Center’s Multipurpose Room, 355 N. 300 West, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Cost is $35 per person, per training, with an additional $5 for professionals taking the class as part of their continuing education units. The program is approved by the Utah Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers for three such units. It is also recognized by the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues’ Education and Training Committee, which is part of the American Psychological Association. To register or learn more about the training sessions, contact Nick at 801-539-8800 ex. 29 or [email protected]

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