Migration Professionals - The Equality Network

Migration Professionals

LGBTIQ+ Inclusion in Migration

Take this course to learn how to provide appropriate migration services to LGBTIQ+ people and help them feel safe and respected.

Key Outcomes

  • You’ll feel more confident when working with LGBTIQ+ people.
  • You’ll understand how to create and maintain safe spaces for LGBTIQ+staff and clients.
  • You’ll gain greater knowledge of the language, history and culture of the LGBTIQ+ community and how to build the lived experience of LGBTIQ+ people into your work.
  • You’ll understand common mistakes made in working with LGBTIQ+ people – and how to avoid them.
  • You’ll know how to make LGBTIQ+ people feel safe, empowered and valued.
  • You’ll go away with tangible tips to help you be a respectful and LGBTIQ+ inclusive ally.

Prerequisite: No prerequisite for this course.

Who Should Take This Course?

➢ migration agents
➢ migration policy makers
➢ migration public servants
➢ immigration lawyers
➢ visa and citizenship lawyers
➢ migration lawyers
➢ migration coordinators
➢ migration assistants

➢ migration agent reception staff
➢ migration agency board members
➢ migration agency team members
➢ migration agency leadership teams
➢ migration consultants
➢ migration agent assistants
➢ anyone in the migration 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

☑ Work with actual LGBTIQ+ migration case studies
☑ Learn from lived experience, including archival footage
☑ Minimal lecturing
☑ 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 migration work with LGBTIQ+ people, as well as in your workplace, events or meetings? What about on your organisation’s 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 your migration work. 

In this course, you’ll learn about some of the best ways to make LGBTIQ+ people feel safe, comfortable and valued; and you’ll learn lots about the language, history and culture of the LGBTIQ+ community. 

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

  1. Acknowledgement of Country
  2. Acknowledgement of LGBTIQ+ activists and culture changers
  3. Safe space sign – and meaning of safe space; how to create one
  4. Why you’re here – benefits, objections and outcomes of being inclusive
  5. Quick test – what do you know? 
  6. Heteronormativity and its impact
  7. The relationship between LGBTIQ+ people and migration organisations – barriers
  8. Language 101 – key LGBTIQ+ terms
  9. The LGBTIQ+ acronym
  10. Pronouns – why they’re important; how to use them
  11. Terms to avoid using, and why
  12. LGBTIQ+ flags – symbolism 
  13. In the closet’ and ‘coming out’ 
  14. Where are the gay people in Victoria and what do they earn? 
  15. How’s your gaydar?
  16. LGBTIQ+ stereotypes and their effect   
  17. Those offensive little questions
  18. Milestones in various phases of LGBTIQ+ people’s lives
  19. Equality, equity and liberation – an explanation
  20. Legal rights of LGBTIQ+ people 
  21. Major events in the struggle for rights – US and Australia
  22. Let’s talk straight (or not)
  23. How safe is it in various situations for LGBTIQ+ people? 
  24. Countries that are safe / unsafe for LGBTIQ+ people
  25. Guided fantasy – put on our shoes 
  26. Mental health statistics of LGBTIQ+ people – implications for staff
  27. What are the LGBTIQ+ pressure points for your organisation? 
  28. Sensitivities and concerns that LGBTIQ+ staff may have in working on migration matters
  29. Dealing with the politics of LGBTIQ+ clients
  30. Protecting the legal rights of LGBTIQ+ clients
  31. What could possibly go wrong at a non-inclusive migration organisation?
  32. Impacts of your migration organisation not being LGBTIQ+ inclusive
  33. LGBTIQ+ health check of your organisation’s website and documentation 
  34. Tangible tips to help you be an LGBTIQ+ inclusive migration professional
  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 also a registered marriage celebrant. Often, in that role, he deals with LGBTIQ+ couples seeking visas to come to Australia to get married. 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 work with LGBTIQ+ people who struggle with not being able to be their authentic selves.

He’s on a mission to help migration professionals provide respectful, inclusive services to LGBTIQ+ clients. Bronte understands how to treat people with respect. He knows how to create safe spaces for LGBTIQ+ people and for those who undertake his LGBTIQ+ Inclusion Training.

If you’re wanting to do the right thing in working with LGBTIQ+ people in migration services 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.

Want to find out more? Please book an appointment and we can discuss how to get started.