LGBTIQ+ Inclusion in the Wedding Industry - The Equality Network

LGBTIQ+ Inclusion in the Wedding Industry

LGBTIQ+ Inclusion in the Wedding Industry

Take this course to learn how to work respectfully with LGBTIQ+ couples and how to help them have a memorable, relevant and safe LGBTIQ+ wedding.

Key Outcomes

  • You’ll feel more confident when dealing with LGBTIQ+ couples.
  • You’ll know how to make LGBTIQ+ people feel safe, empowered and valued in planning their wedding.
  • You’ll understand common mistakes – and how to avoid them – that people make offering weddings to LGBTIQ+ couples.
  • You’ll gain greater knowledge of the language, history and culture of the LGBTIQ+ community.
  • You’ll understand LGBTIQ+ wedding rituals and traditions.
  • You’ll go away with tangible tips to help you be a respectful and LGBTIQ+ inclusive wedding professional.

Prerequisite: No prerequisite for this course.

Who Should Take This Course?

➢ marriage celebrants
➢ wedding venue staff
➢ attire providers – wedding dressmakers, formal wear providers, tailors, wedding dress shops
➢ wedding dance instructors and teachers
➢ jewellers
➢ wedding photographers and videographers
➢ hair and makeup specialists
➢ photobooth suppliers
➢ wedding invitation suppliers

➢ wedding planners
➢ wedding stylists
➢ wedding florists
➢ wedding music providers – musicians, bands, DJs, singers
➢ wedding caterers
➢ marquee and furniture suppliers
➢ wedding car and transport providers
➢ wedding hotels and providers of accommodation
➢ anyone in the wedding industry who wants to learn more about the LGBTIQ+ community

Become a LGBTIQ+ Inclusive Vendor

Let’s understand your desired learning objectives and we can tailor our course to meet them. Please book a Zoom meeting today!

Featured Reviews

The Masterclass changed my life….

I grew up in an inclusive family, and having a lesbian sister didn’t seem like anything different than a non lesbian sister…I thought my all-encompassing love and understanding of people was enough grounding for when Marriage Equality was legislated in December 2017. I was wrong. It actually worked against me because I didn’t realise that there existed such a high degree of discrimination and ignorance in our current world. I also didn’t realise that the complexities and intricacies experienced actually varied from person to person, and not all people in the LGBTI+ community were just like my sister and her friends.… The Equality Network Masterclass was an emotional personal journey which had me sitting there with a lump in my throat for most of it. For the first time, I discovered how my sister and her friends saw the world through different filters. Even when I spoke to her about the masterclass, her response was, “Yeah sis, that’s how it is.” I cried and felt like I owed her a lifetime of apologies... The Masterclass changed my life…. I highly recommend The Equality Network Inclusivity Training for those who want to be genuine in their care when working with LGBTI+ individuals.

Training format

Face-to-Face

  • Take the course face-to-face
  • 4 x 150 min workshops
  • 10-12 hours in total
  • 2 half days, a week apart
  • minimum of 8 to conduct course
  • interactive, engaging
  • When completed, gain ongoing access to the course content online
  • Get access to additional scheduled online support (Q&A sessions)
  • Course fee: POA

Live via Zoom

  • Take the course live via zoom
  • 8 x 90 min workshops
  • 10-12 hours in total
  • timing negotiable
  • minimum of 6 to conduct course
  • interactive, engaging
  • When completed, gain ongoing access to the course content online
  • Get access to additional scheduled online support (Q&A sessions)
  • Course fee: POA

Course Description

☑ Take the course face-to-face, or live via Zoom
☑ Gain ongoing access to the course content
☑ Work with actual LGBTIQ+ wedding case studies
☑ Get access to scheduled online support (Q&A sessions)
☑ Take the course over a nominal 10 hours
☑ Complete the course and become a member of The Equality Network
☑ Stay up-to-date with additional resource materials

Are you using LGBTIQ+ inclusive language in your weddings for LGBTIQ+ couples, as well as in your workplace, events and meetings? What about on your website and in your social media posts, and the emails etc you send? Are they accessible and truly inclusive for everyone? 

LGBTIQ+ awareness is crucial if you want to build a safe, inclusive space for everyone in the weddings you’re involved in. 

In this course, you’ll learn about some of the language, history and culture of the LGBTIQ+ community and ways to make LGBTIQ+ people feel safe, comfortable and valued as you help them plan their wedding. 

Here’s a more detailed breakdown of what you’ll learn:

  1. Why you’re here – benefits, objections and outcomes of being inclusive
  2. Quick test – what do you know? 
  3. The relationship between LGBTIQ+ people and weddings
  4. Language 101 – key LGBTIQ+ terms
  5. The LGBTIQ+ acronym
  6. Pronouns – why they’re important; how to use them
  7. Terms to avoid using, and why
  8. LGBTIQ+ flags – symbolism 
  9. In the closet’ and ‘coming out’ 
  10. Where are the gay couples in Victoria? What do they earn?
  11. How’s your gaydar?
  12. LGBTIQ+ stereotypes and their effect   
  13. Those offensive little questions
  14. Milestones in various phases of LGBTIQ+ people’s lives 
  15. Equality, equity and liberation – an explanation
  16. Legal rights of LGBTIQ+ people
  17. LGBTIQ+ friendly countries / unfriendly countries
  18. Major events in the struggle for rights – US and Australia
  19. Let’s talk straight (or not)
  20. Marriage equality around the world
  21. How safe is it in various situations for LGBTIQ+ people? 
  22. Guided fantasy – walk in our shoes 
  23. Mental health statistics of LGBTIQ+ people – implications for your business
  24. What are the pressure points for your wedding business? 
  25. Sensitivities and concerns that LGBTIQ+ people may have at weddings
  26. That first phone call about an LGBTIQ+ wedding – how to respond
  27. Dealing with the politics of an LGBTIQ+ wedding 
  28. Things that may surprise you about LGBTIQ+ weddings are different
  29. LGBTIQ+ wedding rituals and traditions 
  30. What could possibly go wrong at a non-inclusive LGBTIQ+ wedding?
  31. Impacts of your wedding business not being LGBTIQ+ inclusive
  32. LGBTIQ+ health check of your wedding website and business
  33. The LGBTIQ+ calendar 
  34. Tangible tips to help you be an LGBTIQ+ inclusive wedding business
  35. Developing an LGBTIQ+ inclusion policy or charter

About the trainer

Bronte Price

The person who will train you is Bronte Price (he, him), a cis gay man, who is not only a qualified trainer but who also works in the wedding industry. He’s a registered marriage celebrant and is qualified to train other marriage celebrants. Bronte came out as a gay man at the age of 42, having been married to a woman and having had four sons. He lives with his husband, Clint, and their rescue kelpie, Bingo.

It’s Bronte’s lived experience as both a straight man and a gay man that informs this LGBTIQ+ inclusion course. He understands the pressures on people who know they are LGBTIQ+ but can’t come out for a range of reasons; he’s experienced the stigma of being labelled ‘homosexual’ when to be so was a criminal offence; as a gay man, he’s faced harassment and discrimination from family members and in the workplace; and he continues to marry LGBTIQ+ couples who struggle with not being able to be their authentic selves.

He’s on a mission to help other wedding professionals provide LGBTIQ+ couples with rainbow options for their wedding, rather than beige copies of straight weddings that have little meaning or relevance. As a former senior public servant, Bronte understands how to treat people with respect. He knows how to create safe spaces for LGBTIQ+ couples wishing to get married and for those who undertake his LGBTIQ+ Inclusion Training.

And he’s conducted arguably more LGBTIQ+ marriage ceremonies than any marriage celebrant in Victoria, if not in Australia. You get all those years of lived experience as a gay man crammed into a 10 hour course for the costs of what most will charge for a low-budget wedding.

Get started on your journey to be a LGBTIQ+ Ally!

If you’re wanting to do the right thing in working with LGBTIQ+ couples but aren’t sure of what the right thing is, or you’re worried about saying, doing or assuming the wrong thing, then this course is for you.