Saturday, October 16, 2021

Play

Community college students in California are encouraged to examine their options; plus a Boeing 737 Max test pilot was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on charges of deceiving safety regulators.

Play

Environmentalists have high hopes for President Biden at an upcoming climate summit, a bipartisan panel cautions against court packing, and a Trump ally is held in contempt of Congress for ignoring a subpoena.

Play

A rebuttal is leveled over a broad-brush rural-schools story; Black residents in Alabama's Uniontown worry a promised wastewater fix may fizzle; cattle ranchers rally for fairness; and the worms are running in Banner Elk, North Carolina.

New Training on LGBTQ+ Inclusivity for Homelessness Programs

Play

Monday, May 3, 2021   

LOS ANGELES -- A new program aims to help staff at homeless shelters better care for their LGBTQ+ clients.

Experts from the Equality California Institute have offered LGBTQ+ diversity, equity and inclusion training to medical professionals for six years. But now, they've expanded to include the staffs of programs that serve people who are homeless.

Zizi Bandera, program manager for Equality California, who teaches the one-hour program via Zoom, said the key is to place people in the housing where they feel most at ease.

"If you have someone that's telling you they're a transgender woman, she might feel more comfortable in a shelter with men, or she might feel more comfortable in a shelter with women," Bandera explained. "So really, giving folks agency to decide where they feel most comfortable."

The training teaches the correct terminology. Bandera pointed out it emphasizes the fact transgender people are not more "threatening" than anyone else, and are more likely to be victims of aggression.

Rene Evans, consultant for Only Kindness, Inc., a nonprofit that works on rapid rehousing in El Dorado County, said the program taught her staff not to avoid the topic of gender identity.

"Acknowledge it, recognize it, and let them know that you're sensitive to it," Evans outlined. "And that you will work with them in finding them the appropriate housing or services that they need, just gives them a little more confidence in the fact that we just want everyone to feel welcome."

A study from the University of Chicago found LGBTQ+ youth are 120% more likely to experience homelessness.

Research from True Colors United estimates 7% of American youth identify as LGBTQ+, but make up 40% of people in their age group experiencing homelessness.

Disclosure: Equality California contributes to our fund for reporting on Census, Health Issues, HIV/AIDS Prevention, and LGBTQIA Issues. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


get more stories like this via email
As of 2021, medical aid in dying is an option for terminally ill adults in 10 states and Washington, D.C. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A new survey shows most New Yorkers approve of medical aid-in-dying legislation, and advocates for end-of-life autonomy said it is …


Social Issues

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohioans across religious traditions have come together as one voice this week to speak out against capital punishment. Dozens of …

Social Issues

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Community college students in California are being encouraged to take a closer look at their education plans, to see if …


There are an estimated 42,000 farms in Arkansas, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- New efforts are underway to help small-scale farms in Arkansas expand their business. The Food Conservancy, a northwest Arkansas …

Social Issues

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A high percentage of rejected voter registrations in three of Ohio's biggest counties is raising some red flags. According to the …

Virginia's statewide election is Tues., Nov. 2, and polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Adobe stock)

Social Issues

CORRECTION: The last day to request absentee ballots in Virginia is Fri., Oct. 22. An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Oct…

Social Issues

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A special court panel is hosting public hearings this month, asking Minnesotans what new political maps should look like, and …

Social Issues

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas has some of the weakest gun laws in America, and gun-control advocates say the permissive attitude may be why a student …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021