Background looks like notebook paper with white border. Big letters on top say "join us." Underneath says "Lighthouse Learning Series" with a picture of the lighthouse logo next to it. Below is large glowing text that reads "Cultivating Affirming Workspaces." There are pictures of people in different colors looking at the camera and smiling. Under is the date and registration link: Friday, April 7, 2023 12-2 pm ET on Zoom

Lighthouse Learning Series: Cultivating Affirming Workspaces

Starting in January 2023 and running until April 2023, we will be covering a series of queer harm reduction topics with the goal of creating a more inclusive movement.

Priority is given to those living and working in New York due to program scope. However, the series will be held virtually and is open to all those who would like to build on their harm reduction knowledge to provide better services to LGB/TGNC+ folks!

Session Description: It’s one thing to create a workplace that is accepting of trans and gender non-conforming folks, but how can employers create workplaces that proactively affirm TGNC folks? Join this session to learn how to create an affirming workplace for trans and gender non-conforming folks, from places to share pronouns to less-considered HR practices. We’ll also hear a little about the founding of the Affirming Spaces Project, a New Hampshire-based project aiming to create affirming workspaces and customer experiences for TGNC folks.

Facilitator bio: Palana Belken (she/her) is a mover and shaker that proudly calls Rochester NH home.

Palana’s extensive LGBTQ-centric work has included organizing trans and gender non-conforming folks with the ACLU of New Hampshire, serving as the first openly trans person to be elected to a city council in New Hampshire, and managing cafe-turned-queer-oasis, Teatotaller. She also helped launch the Affirming Spaces Project, a new non-profit organization aiming to make New Hampshire a more affirming place for folks of all gender identities.

In 2020, Palana made The Advocate’s Champions of Pride list and authored an extensive report about transgender students for ACLU-NH titled “The Case For Lived Equality in the Classroom”.

Palana lives in Rochester with her Weimaraner, Hapley. She is currently the Director of Operations at New Hampshire Harm Reduction Coalition.


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