LGBTQ+ Etiquette and Common Bloopers: What You Need to Know to Be an Ally

Presented on: Wednesday, October 25th at 11:00 AM CDT

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LGBTQ+ language and culture are constantly changing. It’s difficult to keep up. Many people feel intimidated by all the changes and are silenced by the fear that they will accidentally say something that will offend someone. In this encouraging and fun webinar, author and award-winning educational trainer Jeannie Gainsburg helps relieve this anxiety by offering easy, respectful language suggestions for allies. Participants will leave with the following:

  • A list of the most common LGBTQ+ etiquette bloopers to avoid, 
  • Best-practice communication tips,
  • Improved odds of referring to people using the correct pronoun, 
  • Tips for messing up properly, and
  • Increased confidence in their ability to interact respectfully with and about LGBTQ+ people. 

Allies can create safer spaces with their language choices; this webinar shows them how.

Jeannie Gainsburg is an award-winning educational trainer and consultant in the field of LGBTQ+ inclusion and effective allyship. Formerly the Education Director at the Out Alliance of Rochester, N.Y., she founded Savvy Ally Action and is the author of the book, The Savvy Ally: A Guide for Becoming a Skilled LGBTQ+ Advocate. Jeannie has a BA in psychology and an MA in social work and social research. She was under the impression that a citation resulted from driving too fast until January 2019, when she received one from the New York State Assembly for Distinguished Educational & Human Rights Services for her work in promoting LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion. Her encouraging, passionate, and warm-hearted approach will jumpstart even the most tentative ally. Visit her website and download free ally goodies at:


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