Webinar: Feeling at Home: Creating Affirming Environments for LGBTQ People
Throughout the world, transgender and gender expansive people face various challenges when it comes to accessing quality housing services and, affirming and safe environments, and Nebraska is no exception. In this presentation, audience members will first learn:
1) Essential LGBTQ concepts and terminology to ensure a baseline understanding of the subject;
2) A plethora of statistics and real-life examples will be given to encapsulate the current realities of dealing with housing, homelessness, and shelter access while trans; and,
3) Best practices when working with trans clients will also be discussed along with how everyone can take small steps towards creating a welcoming environment for all.
This can include trans folks who are accessing the space you are creating for meetings, shelter, training and working space.
Please join us to learn how you can help address the issues the transgender community experiences in accessing affirming environments.
Trainer: Ezra Halstead is the Case Manager at FreeState Justice, a legal services nonprofit located in Baltimore. In their position, they work to build connections and resources through client advocacy, community organizing, education, and outreach to achieve equity for vulnerable LGBTQ+ Marylanders.
Ezra moved to the Baltimore area in 2017 after graduating from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies with a master’s degree in International Policy and Development and a dual concentration in Human Rights and Advocacy and Gender, Power, and Identity. A passionate activist for several years, they have had various professional experiences pertaining to LGBTQ advocacy, including working as a Campus Leader with Equality Pennsylvania at their undergraduate institution (Juniata College) in 2014, where they successfully advocated for nondiscrimination and gender inclusive housing policy reforms. More recently, Ezra was the Operations Manager at Code in the Schools and a Baltimore Corps Cohort 4 Fellow, where they regularly advocated for employees’ needs, updated policies to ensure all were supported and protected, and received professional development around the areas of racial equity and social justice.
Outside of their work with FreeState, they are a Law and Policy Committee Member of the Baltimore City LGBTQ Commission and a Core Team Member of Trans Healthcare Maryland, a trans-led group that aims to unify the transgender community of Maryland for the purpose of extending competent, accessible, and affirming healthcare to everyone in the state. They currently live in the Mount Washington neighborhood of Baltimore City.
This training is made possible by the leadership of FreeState Justice. To learn more about this wonderful organization please feel free to check out their website. http://www.freestate-justice.org/
Please register for Feeling at Home: Creating Affirming Environments for LGBTQ People on Jun 17, 2020 10:00 AM CDT at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.