WorkShops - The Equality Network

FACE TO FACE WORKSHOPS

The Equality Network has developed a series of workshops. They’re designed to educate people about LGBTIQ+ culture, community, language and history. The aim of the workshops is to build inclusive workplaces and businesses.

Many of those who’ve completed the training have reported:

  • an increase in their workplace’s diversity
  • an improvement in their workplace culture
  • an increase in their ability to attract new talent
  • an increase in their productivity
  • an increase of LGBTIQ+ people in their customer base.
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Our workshops

FACE TO FACE TRAINING

WORKPLACE TRAINING

WEDDING INDUSTRY TRAINING

FUNERAL INDUSTRY TRAINING

INDIVIDUALS' TRAINING

WORKPLACE TRAINING

The Equality Network’s workshops have been developed and are delivered by a qualified trainer. That person is also a respected leader in the gay community. On request, The Equality Network will work with you to tailor the workshops to your organization.

By completing the workshops, you’ll gain an understanding of:

  • the LGBTIQ+ community
  • LGBTIQ+ history
  • LGBTIQ+ culture

and you’ll walk away with the skills and knowledge you need to create and maintain a workplace or business that’s safe for LGBTIQ+ people.

You’ll also learn how to:

  • develop an LGBTIQ+ inclusion policy
  • market to the LGBTIQ+ community
  • recruit from the LGBTIQ+ community.

When you complete these workshops, you’ll

  • be given a listing in our Member Directory
  • be given a Member’s lapel pin from The Equality Network to wear with pride
  • be able to promote your membership of The Equality Network with a digital badge
  • become known as being an organization that’s safe for LGBTIQ+ people to do business with.

Request your own in-house face-to-face training program tailored to your organization!

WORKSHOP AGENDA

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

WEDDING INDUSTRY TRAINING

The Equality Network trains people in the wedding industry about how to give LGBTIQ+
couples a wedding that’s relevant to them.

These face-to-face workshops will give you an insight into:

  • LGBTIQ+ history and culture
  • language and behaviour that’s appropriate and not likely to cause offence
  • evidence-based trends in LGBTIQ+ weddings
  • the differences between straight and LGBTIQ+ weddings
  • LGBTIQ+ wedding traditions and rituals
  • how to market to LGBTIQ+ couples
  • how to become more LGBTIQ+ friendly.

Right now, many people in the wedding industry treat LGBTIQ+ couples the same as they treat straight couples. By doing so, they’re denying their LGBTIQ+ couples a wedding that reflects their culture, values and community.

That’s where these workshops come in.

They give you a competitive edge by learning how
to be respectful to LGBTIQ+ couples. And those couples who engage wedding professionals with good queer literacy are the ones who will refer you to others.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 organization’s needs

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

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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

COURSE FOR INDIVIDUALS (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:

  • 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?
  • 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?
  • 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