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Who I am Depends on Me!

LGBT Presentation
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Brett Watson

on 10 October 2013

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Transcript of Who I am Depends on Me!

By: Brett Watson
Who I am Depends on Me
RULES OF THE ROAD
No Assumptions
Stay Engaged
Give Respect
Redefine your Comfort ZONE
WHAT IS SAID HERE STAYS HERE, WHAT IS LEARNED LEAVES HERE
Challenge by Choice
Terminonolgy
Ally
a person who is a member of a dominant or majority group who works to end oppression in her or his personal and professional life through support of, and as an advocate for, the oppressed population

Biological Sex
the anatomical, physical and physiological body parts a person has

Bisexual
a person who is physically attracted to both males and females

"Coming Out"
the process of 'coming out' by disclosing one's sexual orientation or gender identity to people who did not know before

Cross-Dresser
a person who enjoys wearing clothes and accessories typically worn by those of a different gender; majority cross-dressers identify as straight males and are often married

Drag
the act of dressing in gendered clothing as part of a performance
Gay
a male whose sexual orientation is towards other males, although oftern used as an umbrella term for the LGBT community

Intersex
a person whose anatomical sex is neither male nor female; a person who has both partially male and female sexual anatomy; formerly referred to as hermaphrodites

Invisible minority/ Silent minority
a group whose minority status is not always immediately visible

Lesbian
a woman whose sexual orientation is towards other women

LGBT
umbrella acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender

Queer
an umbrella term for all people whose sexual or gender identities transcend traditional norms of heterosexuality and maleness or femaleness

Sexual Identity
how people refer to themselves about their sexuality; people who are not out of the closet may not necessarily identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, even if internally that is how they feel
GAY
LESBIAN
BISEXUAL
TRANSGENDER
Where any forgotten?
PICK YOUR BRAIN
Now do the same thing for Heterosexuals
Notice anything different?
Who I am Depends on Me!

I am a human being.
I will fail, but I am not a failure.

There is good and bad in this world.
I will do bad things, but I am not bad.

There are right and wrong answers.
I will give wrong answers, but I am not wrong.

I am a collection of ideas, impressions and experiences.
I act upon this collection.
Every creature is a different collection.
We act differently. It's okay.

My failure may be your success.
My bad deed may be your good deed.
My wrong answer may be your right answer.

I am only responsible for one human being - me.
I know only one collection - my own.
Who I am depends on me!

-Patty Hendrickson
Sexual Orientation
the ongoing process sexual or romantic attraction to a particular group of people

Transgender
individuals who psychological self (gender identity) differs from the social expectation for the physical sex with which they were born.
to understand the difference between biological sex, which is one's body (genitals and chromosomes), and social gender, which refers to levels of masculinity and femininity.

Transsexual
a person whose gender identity and physical body are not the same, someone who wishes to alter his or her body through hormones or surgery

Transvestite
individuals who wear the clothing socially assigned to a gender not their own, but are comfortable with their anatomy and do not wish to change it, these individuals derive sexual pleasure from dressing this way
ALLY DEVELOPMENT
Coming Out as an Ally
(4 levels)

Awareness
become aware of who you are and how you are different from and similar to the LGBT community

Knowledge/ Education
begin to acquire knowledge about sexual orientation and what the expereince is for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons in society and your campus community

Skills
you must develop skills in communicating the knowledge that you have learned

Action
action is, without a doubt the only way we can affect change in society as a whole; for, if we keep our awareness, knowledge, and skills to ourselves, we deprive the rest of the world of what we have learned, thus keeping them from having the fullest possible life
Being an Ally

1) Being an Ally can pertain to working with any group viewed as "other" to a majority population.

2) To come out as an ally involves taking a stand and saying that I am willing to support people who may or may not be like me.

3) Willingness to listen, to support, to educate oneself, and seek to create inclusive environments

4) It is not about me!
We are all STARS!
Who are they, Why are they Important?
Billy Lucas, 15
Indiana
Cody Barker, 17
Wisconsin
Seth Walsh, 13
California
Tyler Clementi, 18
New Jersey
Asher Brown, 13
Texas
Harrison Chase Brown, 15
Colorado
Raymond Chase, 19
Rhode Island
Felix Sacco, 17
Massachusetts
Caleb Nolt, 14
Indiana
Justin Aaberg, 18
Minnisota
Zach Harrington, 19
Oklahoma
Lance Lundsten, 18
Minnisota
Kameron Jacobsen, 14
New York
Tiffani Maxwell, 16
Pennsylvania
YOU
Taught/ Told
Learned
Believe
Where do we go from here?!?!
"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love each other, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us."

1 John 4: 7-12
An Ally's Promise
I believe...
I believe success is the freedom to be yourself.
I believe nobody is wrong they are only different.
I believe your circumstances don't define you,
rather they reveal you.
I believe without a sense of caring,
there can be no sense of community.
I believe our minds are like parachutes.
They only work if they are open.
I believe we only live life once,
but if we live it right, one time is all we'll need.
I believe we must first get along with ourselves
before we can get along with others

I will...
I will seek to understand you.
I will label bottles, not people.
I will grow antennas not horns.
I will see the diversity of our commonality.
I will see the commonality of our diversity.
I will get to know who you are rather than what you are.
I will transcend political correctness
and strive for human righteousness.
I challenge you...
I challenge you to honor who you are.
I challenge you to enjoy your life rather than endure it.
I challenge you to creat the status quo rather than accept it.
I challenge you to live in your imagination
more than your memory.
I challenge you to live your life as revolution
and not just a process of evolution.
I challenge you to ignore other people's ignorance
so that you may discover your own wisdom.

I promise...
I promise to do my part.
I promise to stand beside you.
I promise to interrupt the world
when its thinking becomes ignorant.
I promise to believe in you,
even when you have lost faith in yourself.

I am here for you and love you just the way your are!


Anthony J. D'Angelo
Love is an Orientation
Love is not just a word. It is a measurable expression of one's unconditional behavior toward another.

Andrew Marin
Elevating the Conversation
"There's a difference between trying to win and trying to bring about the Kingdom of God."

Both sides digging in
Both believing that what they believe is right...and the 'other' is wrong.
We cannot fight for 'our way', we need to fight for God's way...which is LOVE!!!



Marin three principals

we need to understand our part of the Kingdom: it's the Holy Spirit's job to convict, God's job to judge and our job to love.
we need to learn to love our neighbors
we need to recognize that God is constantly working, event if the results are not visible




"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 8:38
Put yourself in their shoes for a moment and honestly try to imagine the feeling of what it's like to first realize you have a same-sex attraction: the thoughts, questions and issues that all quickly arise without being able to find any definitive answers
Now imagine the realization that immediately follows; whether or not that person ever acts out on their same-sex attraction they are inherently cast as deviant to mainline Christianity.
Walk a Mile in My Shoes!
Stepping out of what we know in order to comprehend their life from their perspective is the only way we can ultimately begin to learn how to productively reach out and build a bridge.
Now that you know what people say or associate with the GLBT community, and you have "Come Out" let us take the journey in their shoes!
Now everyone find a partner that is the same gender as you.
You are now in a same-sex relationship, however you have some very important issues to discuss. Read all the following and decide as a couple how to handle each situation:

Where will you live? City/ Suburb/ Rural?
How will you deal with bills/ finances? Who will pay? How will you decide?
Will both be open about your relationship with your families? How will you decide how to do this?
Who will work?
Will you be open about your sexuality at work?
Will you have children? If so, how will you go about making this happen?
How will you delegate household chores? Discuss in detail who will do what around the house.
Will you get married? How will you go about doing so?
What do you see as some of the possible complications that could arise from you relationship?
What do you see as some of the easiest parts of your relationship?
For additional resources check out the following websites:

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
www.hrc.org
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
www.aclu.org
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
www.glaad.org
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
www.glsen.org/cgibin/iowa/all/about/index.html
Give a Damn Campaign
www.wegiveadamn.org
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
www.pflag.org
The Trevor Project
www.thetrevorproject.org/
"Love is an Orientation"
By: Andrew Marin
RECOMMENDATIONS
Film: "For the Bible Tells me so"
"The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them."

-Thomas Merton
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