Georgia Center For Resources & Support

January 2021 Edition

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Welcome to 2021! We are closing out the month with the launch of our 2021 webinar series. The series covers our usual core topics and a whole host of special topics with expert panels and guest speakers. Brand new this year is a three-part series on policy and practice implementation. Download the list of all webinars and descriptions and register today! And... what an eventful January it has been! President Biden & Vice President Harris took action to protect the LGBTQ community on day one of their administration. Details below!


Webinar Tomorrow:
Intersectionality in Practice

This webinar will introduce participants to intersectionality and how it informs our efforts to achieve safety, permanency and well-being for all young people. Participants will learn what it looks like in practice for child welfare professionals through videos and case scenarios. Register here


Policy & Practice Three-Part Series

We are introducing an entirely new series of webinars related to LGBTQ-inclusive policy and practice that will answer the most frequent questions we receive from our agency partners. First off we will tackle staff training on Feb. 10th, exploring how to be responsive to your workforce’s needs and make sure training sticks over time. On Feb. 22nd, we will cover SOGIE data collection with a panel discussion of emerging best practice and lessons learned from the field. And on March 31st, we will examine policy creation and implementation with a focus on taking collaborative approaches to ensure equity in our policy efforts.


Special Topics

Over the course of the coming months, we will host ten additional special topics webinars and we’ll continue to keep you updated via Field Forward as the dates get closer. But here is an overview of what’s to come: expert analysis of latest CDC data on LGBTQ youthstrategies to recruit LGBTQ affirming foster parentssupporting families when children come outreconciling religion and SOGIE, hearing directly from panels of LGBTQ youthLGBTQ parents and a specific panel with non-binary youth and adults.


The Implications of Biden's Bostock Executive Order Protecting LGBTQ People from Discrimination

On January 20, President Biden issued a wide-reaching executive order that directs agencies to enforce federal laws that prohibit sex discrimination to include discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, consistent with the Bostock decision. By fully implementing the Supreme Court’s historic ruling in Bostock, the federal government will enforce federal law to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment, health care, housing, and education, and other key areas of life. Read HRC’s full statement on the executive order here. Additionally, President Biden’s justice department revoked a related memo that interpreted the Bostock decision, released right before the end of Trump Administration, because the memo conflicted with the executive order passed by Biden.


Protecting Black LGBTQ Futures: An Instagram LIVE with the President of HRC

HRC’s president, Alphonso David, collaborated with Sean Coleman, the executive director of Destination Tomorrow: The Bronx LGBTQ Community Center to do this Instagram Live in honor of MLK Day. In it, they discussed MLK National Day of Service, what that actually means to them, and the work they each do. 


New: Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity

The Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity supports behavioral health practitioners by providing training, coaching and technical assistance on diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. Their goal is to reduce disparities that impact LGBTQ+ people across their lifetimes. Explore the Center’s website here.