We’re Training Every Houston/Harris County Service Provider on LGBT Inclusion

Jul 2017

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Meeting people where they’re at. One person at a time.

It’s a pretty simple idea: When service providers are welcoming, inclusive, and safe for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth, young people are more likely to get the support they need.

We’re so excited to announce that we’re launching an inclusivity training challenge in Houston and Harris County, TX to bring LGBT cultural competency to all local homeless service providers. Over the next month (July 6 – August 7, 2017), over 60 homeless service providers in Houston and Harris County will participate in the “True U Community Challenge.”

The True U Online Learning Platform is self-paced and stress-free.

Our free True U Online Training Platform is designed to help individuals working with youth experiencing homelessness to become more culturally aware and affirming of LGBT folks. The first step to providing safe and inclusive support to LGBT young people is making sure we’re all on the same page. True U provides organizations with simple ways to create inclusive policies and procedures, while providing a baseline for LGBT issues and terminology. And because we know that time is money, True U allows everyone to move at their own pace.

The True U Community Challenge comes out of a partnership with the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County and The Way Home, which work together to prevent and end homelessness in Houston, Harris County, Fort Bend County, and Montgomery County, Texas.

“The Way Home has helped create a more efficient and effective homeless response system in Houston and the surrounding area,” said Eva Thibaudeau, Director of Programs with the Coalition for the Homeless. “Part of that work includes making sure that we reduce the barriers that prevent homeless individuals from accessing services and creating an inclusive environment for all LGBT individuals. Participation in the True U Online Training Platform will help make our system that much stronger.” 67 local organizations have been invited to participate in the challenge.

An invaluable resource – available free of charge.

The True U platform is available free of charge to the True Colors Fund’s 40 to None Network members. The 40 to None Network is a collective of professionals who are working to address LGBT youth homelessness, or whose work has the potential to impact the issue. To sign up for the Network visit: www.truecolorsunited.org/network.