EDUCATION AND TRAINING

About This Page
Listed below are links to information about training options and suggestions for adult reading. Agencies, businesses, churches, and civic organizations are encouraged to contact us about training and other collaborative opportunities. Geauga SOGI partners with regional and national LGBTQ+ organizations who have completed research and well-developed curriculums.

Please visit our SCHOOLS Student / Youth page for resources regarding youth.

PFLAG
With over 400 chapters nationwide, PFLAG has provided support to the SOGI community since 1973. It is the first and largest organization of its kind. The PFLAG Cleveland chapter was established in 1985 and has been instrumental in changing hearts and minds in the Greater Cleveland community.

Human Rights Campaign
HRC is a national organization that advocates for the SOGI community. The HRC foundation supports LGBTQ individuals through a variety of programs.

Professional Development
Book Lists

LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland
The LGBT Center supports members of the SOGI community throughout the Greater Cleveland area.

Professional Development

Plexus – LGBT & Allied Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cleveland
Plexus is a strategic partner in the economic development of Northeast Ohio and serves as a point of connection for corporations, supporters, LGBT businesses and professionals. As the only LGBTQ business and professional organization in the region, we are more than a chamber of commerce; Plexus is a unique and influential network.

The Safe Zone Project
Anyone can become an advocate by learning about the biology of SOGI and issues for the LGBTQ+ population.

Books and Articles

I Am Jazz, the story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transkids everywhere. This is an essential tool for parents and teachers to share with children whether those kids identify as trans or not. Jessica Herthel, Jazz Jennings 2014

Becoming Nicole, The Transformation of an American Family, by Amy Ellis Nutt (Pulitzer Prize winner) – copyright 2015
A couple adopts identical twin boys. At 2 years of age, one twin insists he is a female. The story follows the family’s challenges personally and in the community.  Interspersed through the book are several chapters that explain the biology (chromosomes, endocrinology) of gender anomalies.

Gender; A Graphic Guide, by Meg-John Barker and Jules Scheele – copyright 2019
Travel through shifting understandings of gender across time and space – from ideas about masculinity and femininity, to non-binary and trans genders. Consider the intersecting experiences of gender; culture, experiences, and biology.

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, by Laura Erickson-Schroth, copyright 2014, non-fiction
Edited by psychiatrist Laura Erickson-Schroth, a resource that covers health and wellness for transgender and gender non-conforming people. It was a 27th Lambda Literary Awards finalist in the Transgender Non-Fiction category and won a 2015 Achievement Award from GLMA: Healthcare Professionals for LGBT Equality.

Beyond Magenta, Transgender Teens Speak Out – Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and represented them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. It illustrates how family dynamics, living situations, and gender influence the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves.

GLBTQ – The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Teens – Kelly Huegel Madrone describes the challenges faced by GLBTQ teens, offers practical advice, real-life experiences, and accessible resources and support groups. First published in 2003, this latest provides a contemporary look at society and its growing acceptance of people who are GLBTQ.

Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs – Jennifer Finney Boylan, bestselling transgender author, New York Times opinion columnist, and human rights activist, provides a sharply humorous and moving memoir of her transition from young boy to father to middle-aged woman, accompanied at crucial moments, by seven memorable pet dogs.