ABOUT THEEQUALITY
NETWORK
WORKSHOPS

The Equality Network workshops have been designed to enrich the lives of employees, business owners, professionals and individuals by educating and fostering an understanding of the LGBTIQ+ history, the issues the LGBTIQ+ community continues to face, and the ways we can work together to become a more inclusive community.   

Some of the 50+ organisations and individuals that have completed the training to date have gone on to improve employee culture, attract new talent, increase productivity, and grow their customer and client base.

ABOUT THEEQUALITY
NETWORK
WORKSHOPS

The Equality Network workshops have been designed to enrich the lives of employees, business owners, professionals and individuals by educating and fostering an understanding of the LGBTIQ+ history, the issues the LGBTIQ+ community continues to face, and the ways we can work together to become a more inclusive community.   

Some of the 50+ organisations and individuals that have completed the training to date have gone on to improve employee culture, attract new talent, increase productivity, and grow their customer and client base.

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING (Corporates/Tertiary Institutions/ SMEs/ Public Sector)

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING (Corporates/Tertiary Institutions/ SMEs/ Public Sector)

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Workplace-appropriate LGBTIQ+ content is delivered by a qualified trainer and respected leader in the gay community over a one week (up to 2 hours per day online), or via a tailored approach fitting for your organisation.

You will gain a thorough understanding of the LGBTIQ+ community and walk away with the skills to foster a safe, secure and supportive workplace, develop an inclusivity policy, and recruit from - and market to - the LGBTIQ+ community.

With a listing in our Member Directory, a lapel pin to wear with pride, and the endorsement to promote your membership with a digital badge supplied by The Equality Network, you will demonstrate your workplace is a safe and secure space for your team, suppliers, and customers.  

WORKSHOP AGENDA

Request your own in-house or digital live training program tailored to your organisation, or join our online group workshop!

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Day 1 

  • Acknowledgement of Country
  • Acknowledgement of LGBTIQ+ Elders and Activists
  • Safe space
  • Go on! You know you want to ask that question!
  • Why are you here? 
  • Key terms - sex and gender etc
  • Values and assumptions
  • Stereotypes of the LGBTIQ+ community
  • ‘In the closet’ – and ‘coming out’
  • Dispelling the myths of the pink dollar
  • Unravelling the LGBTIQ+ acronym
  • Offensive language and terminology
  • LGBTIQ+ flags - what are they? Why are they important?
  • Pronouns – what are they? Why are they so crucial?
  • A history of drag queens and drag kings

Day 2 

  • How's your gaydar?
  • Difference between equality and equity
  • LGBTIQ+ friendly countries / unfriendly countries
  • Rights of LGBTIQ+ people in Australia
  • Rites of passage - how they are different for LGBTIQ+ people
  • The international fight for equal rights for LGBTIQ+ people
  • Timeline of the struggle for equal rights for LGBTIQ+ people in Australia
  • That night in June 1978

    Day 3

    • Let’s talk straight! Walk in our shoes. 
    • How safe is it? The importance of safety for LGBTIQ+ people in various locations
    • ‘Family’ relationships and sensitivities for LGBTIQ+ people 
    • Guided fantasy - imagine how you’d feel  
    • Mental health statistics for members of the LGBTIQ+ population

    Day 4

    • Why are you here? What do you want to get out of this? What are your organisational pressure points or gaps?
    • Common objections to LGBTIQ+ inclusion
    • Benefits of genuine LGBTIQ+ inclusion
    • Existing legal obligations to LGBTIQ+ employees
    • Organisational health check - recruitment processes, forms, website, documents, LGBTIQ+ statistics
    • Existing support structures for LGBTIQ+ employees
    • Ways to be more LGBTIQ+ inclusive in the workplace
    • Drafting, implementing and monitoring an LGBTIQ+ inclusivity policy

    PRICING

    $550 per person for face to face / live training - tailored to your organisation’s needs

    ONLINE SPECIAL: SAVE 30%!! $385 per person for online training


    REGISTER TODAY!
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    WEDDING INDUSTRY TRAINING

    The Equality Network has developed training for wedding professionals and vendors who wish to learn how to cater appropriately and respectfully to LGBTIQ+ couples and make their offering more attractive to that community.

    These thought provoking educational sessions will provide you with an insight into LGBTIQ+ history, culture, relevant statistics, appropriate language and same-sex wedding trends. We will discuss the potential differences between straight and LGBTIQ+ weddings, how to market to LGBTIQ+ couples and how to become more LGBTIQ+ friendly.
    It’s often believed that by simply placing a rainbow on a website, somehow businesses are instantly gay-friendly. But those who genuinely adapt and adopt changes in language and services - those who understand and respect the LGBTIQ+ community - demonstrate their active support for the community and are therefore far more likely to see a higher demand for their services.

    WORKSHOP AGENDA

    Day 1 

    • Acknowledgement of Country
    • Acknowledgement of LGBTIQ+ Elders and Activists
    • Safe space
    • Go on! You know you want to ask that question!
    • Why are you here? 
    • Key terms - sex and gender etc
    • Values and assumptions
    • Stereotypes of the LGBTIQ+ community
    • ‘In the closet’ – and ‘coming out’
    • Dispelling the myths of the pink dollar
    • Unravelling the LGBTIQ+ acronym
    • Offensive language and terminology
    • LGBTIQ+ flags - what are they? Why are they important?
    • Pronouns – what are they? Why are they so crucial?
    • A history of drag queens and drag kings

    Day 2 

    • How's your gaydar?
    • Difference between equality and equity
    • LGBTIQ+ friendly countries / unfriendly countries
    • Rights of LGBTIQ+ people in Australia
    • Rites of passage - how they are different for LGBTIQ+ people
    • The international fight for equal rights for LGBTIQ+ people
    • Timeline of the struggle for equal rights for LGBTIQ+ people in Australia
    • That night in June 1978

    Day 3

    • Let’s talk straight! Walk in our shoes. 
    • How safe is it? The importance of safety for LGBTIQ+ people in various locations
    • ‘Family’ relationships and sensitivities for LGBTIQ+ people 
    • Guided fantasy - imagine how you’d feel  
    • Mental health statistics for members of the LGBTIQ+ population

    Day 4

    • Why are you here? What do you want to get out of this? What are your business’ pressure points or gaps?
    • Common objections to LGBTIQ+ inclusion
    • Benefits of genuine LGBTIQ+ inclusion
    • Marriage equality around the world
    • Sensitivities that LGBTIQ+ people may have
    • That first phone call - how do you respond?
    • How LGBTIQ+ weddings are different - emotion levels, healing
    • How LGBTIQ+ weddings are different - rituals, traditions
    • Things that may surprise you about LGBTIQ+ weddings
    • Health check of your wedding business
    • Mistakes made at LGBTIQ+ weddings
    • Making LGBTIQ+ weddings respectful 
    • Key pressure points for an LGBTIQ+ wedding
    • How to be seen as a credible, inclusive wedding business
    • Drafting, implementing and monitoring an LGBTIQ+ Inclusivity Policy

    PRICING

    $550 per person for face to face / live training - tailored to your organisation’s needs

    ONLINE SPECIAL: SAVE 30%!! $385 per person for online training


    REGISTER TODAY!

    FUNERAL INDUSTRY TRAINING

    The Equality Network has developed educational training for professionals within the funeral industry who wish to understand how to respectfully plan and carry out LGBTIQ+ funerals. We will discuss the importance of how to use respectful, non-judgemental language, we look at potential differences between straight and LGBTIQ+ funerals, how to become more LGBTIQ+ friendly and how to ensure someone’s sexuality and gender identity are respected in death.

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    WORKSHOP AGENDA

    Day 1 

    • Acknowledgement of Country
    • Acknowledgement of LGBTIQ+ Elders and Activists
    • Safe space
    • Go on! You know you want to ask that question!
    • Why are you here? 
    • Key terms - sex and gender etc
    • Values and assumptions
    • Stereotypes of the LGBTIQ+ community
    • ‘In the closet’ – and ‘coming out’
    • Dispelling the myths of the pink dollar
    • Unravelling the LGBTIQ+ acronym
    • Offensive language and terminology
    • LGBTIQ+ flags - what are they? Why are they important?
    • Pronouns – what are they? Why are they so crucial?
    • A history of drag queens and drag kings

    Day 2 

    • How's your gaydar?
    • Difference between equality and equity
    • LGBTIQ+ friendly countries / unfriendly countries
    • Rights of LGBTIQ+ people in Australia
    • Rites of passage - how they are different for LGBTIQ+ people
    • The international fight for equal rights for LGBTIQ+ people
    • Timeline of the struggle for equal rights for LGBTIQ+ people in Australia
    • That night in June 1978

      Day 3

      • Let’s talk straight! Walk in our shoes. 
      • How safe is it? The importance of safety for LGBTIQ+ people in various locations
      • ‘Family’ relationships and sensitivities for LGBTIQ+ people 
      • Guided fantasy - imagine how you’d feel  
      • Mental health statistics for members of the LGBTIQ+ population

      Day 4

      • Why are you here? What do you want to get out of this? What are your business’ pressure points or gaps?
      • Common objections to LGBTIQ+ inclusion
      • Benefits of genuine LGBTIQ+ inclusion
      • That first phone call - how do you respond?
      • Funeral business’ health check
      • Making LGBTIQ+ funerals respectful – symbols and rituals
      • Things that may surprise you about LGBTIQ+ funerals
      • Key pressure points for an LGBTIQ+ funeral
      • Mistakes made at LGBTIQ+ funerals
      • Being seen as a credible, inclusive funeral business
      • Drafting, implementing and monitoring an LGBTIQ+ inclusivity policy

      PRICING

      $550 per person for face to face / live training - tailored to your organisations’ needs

      ONLINE SPECIAL: SAVE 30%!! $385 per person for online training


      REGISTER TODAY!
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      INDIVIDUAL EXPRESS COURSE (OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC)

      The Equality Network wants to help people become equipped with the knowledge and understanding that precedes acceptance, embracement and desired changes in behaviour for a more inclusive culture.

      Whether you are just coming out, or a close friend or relative has come out to you, this course can help you unravel the LGBTIQ+ acronym, understand and counter traditional stereotypes, and learn what terms to use to show respect to your loved one. Or, if you are just generally interested in understanding more about the LGBTIQ+ history, the issues they continue to face and how we can work together to become a more inclusive community, this course is for you. 

      Completing the course provides you with a badge of honour to include on your resume or social media pages, conveying you understand, respect and embrace the LGBTIQ+ community. 

      *This course is also an option for Corporate / Professional / Tertiary / Public Sector / SME businesses and can be a deduction from the full course if you choose to complete this at a later time.

      STATEMENT OF COMPLETION - receive a digital certificate.

      ONLINE COURSE CONTENT:

      Part 1

      • Why are you here? What do you want to get out of this?
        • Concerns you may have for someone you know 
          • Difference between equality, equity and liberation – why saying “but I treat everyone the same” is not helpful; importance of special measures
            • Key terminology – sex, binary, gender, sexual orientation/sexuality, gender identity, gender expression, gender transition
            • In the closet and coming out – what does it mean? Why are people in the closet? Why do they find it hard to come out?

              Part 2

              • Unravelling the LGBTIQ + acronym: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer/questioning; plus: cisgender, asexual, non-binary, genderfluid, genderqueer, gender diverse, agender, polyamorous
              • The importance of symbols and rituals – flags, for example
              • Pronouns – what are they? Why are they important? How should we use them?
              • That first chat - what should you say / not say?

              Part 3

              • LGBTIQ + stereotypes – what are they? How can we counter them?
              • Terms to avoid: homosexual, homosexual relationship, sexual preference, gay lifestyle, gay agenda
              • How can I be a strong ally and supporter?
              • Making the most of LGBTIQ + symbols, rituals, dates
              • Resources that are available

              PRICING

              $27 per person - this online course will take approximately 90 minutes to complete


              REGISTER TODAY!