Empowering organizations and families to celebrate LGBTQ people
Educate. Empower. Elevate.
We envision a world where LGBTQ people are celebrated. A world where everyone lives authentically and offers their best gifts to the world. Every empowered family and organization who learns to celebrate LGBTQ people elevates us all.
Sexuality is an incredibly complex and deeply personal topic. The purpose of this website is not to provide anyone with a PhD in human sexuality, but to empower organizations and families about how to celebrate LGBTQ people. We also want to have a little fun along the way.
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The Biases We Don’t Know We Have
One consistent message I deliver in presentations on LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) is the importance of changing our view of bias. Most of us think of bias as a simple distinction that good people don’t have biases and…
They Say, “Your Child Isn’t Transgender, You Just Need to Redirect Them”
If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard someone say that phrase, I’d be very wealthy. I’m guessing that if you have a transgender child, you’ve likely heard some version of that phrase, too. The suggestion is also couched in phrases like, “That would never happen in my house.” I can laugh these […]
Always More to Learn….
It’s been a great experience to be able to present before so many diverse groups over the years on LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer). Some groups choose to attend my presentations while others are “volun-told’ (for those who haven’t had it happen to them, it is a term is for those who volunteer to […]
A Rare Glimpse | 2 Genders in 1 Company
My work in LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) education has made it clear that so much of what we’re learning is related to our (mis)conceptions about gender. While presenting at a corporation recently, I had the opportunity to meet a trans man who transitioned while working at the corporation. He shared that he has […]
What People Say
“The audience appeared impressed by the complexity of the issue of gender. Your historical review did a wonderful job of illustrating how socially conditioned our perceptions and responses are. The sharing of your personal experiences moved the importance of the issue from ‘them’ to ‘us'”.
“You are off the chart! Outstanding insight and information shared with us. Thank you so much!”.
“What I gained?….Wow, this speaker really opened my eyes. I was excited to hear her speak because I am supportive of the LGBT community, but I never truly knew about trans people. She answered so many questions I had just by sharing her story. It was awesome!”.
“The talk really opened good conversations. You were both informative and heart-filled. We are thankful you came.”
“I know you’ve been presenting to my class for many years, but your impact continues to be felt and expressed by my students. In their recent test questions, they highlighted what they learned with vocabulary, new information, challenges to their own previous thinking, and a new level of understanding and compassion”.
Monica White, Assistant Professor
“Joni made the topic very real. She has a great perspective and a common sense approach”.
“You are such an inspiration of putting your life on the line to build a better world. I hope you see the difference you are making as clearly as the rest of us do.”
“It was fantastic! I learned so much I can’t even put it into words.”