LGBTQ Cultural Competency
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

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WNYLRC Training Center


Get comfortable with the basics of definition of LGBTQ terms, appropriate language, deconstruction of stereotypes, and learn to understand aspects of identity, address concerns such as bullying, and more specialized issues. Rachel from Pride Center of WNY provides concrete information and real-world examples to enlighten attendees in ways that lead to a more equal, affirming, and productive environment. You will feel prepared to assist your patrons with LGBTQ resources and material and create a safer space in your library!

* Lunch will be provided.

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Rachel Parrino (she/her), Engagement and Education Specialist, Pride Center of WNY
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Born and raised in western NY, Rachel began her work with Having Empowered Leaders as Peers (HELP) in high school to help spread HIV awareness.  While attending SUNY at Buffalo for her BA in Psychology, she became involved with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Alliance (LGBTA), being voted onto the executive board and then as president for two years.  While at UB she also began educational programming and support groups and became a founding student representative of the Diversity Committee’s Gender and Sexual Orientation sub-committee. Rachel’s work at the Pride Center is now centered around LGBTQ cultural competency trainings and helping to design programming for the aging population. Outside of the center you can find her working behind the scenes with the Brazen-Faced Varlets, a local women’s theater company, or at the park with her springer doodle, Maggie.

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Unconference: INTERSECT: Where People & Ideas Meet!

INTERSECT is not your grandmother's library conference!

This brand new regional gathering of library and information professionals will be taking place at the Hilton Garden Inn, Buffalo, NY on Friday, October 5, 2018.

The purpose of INTERSECT is to facilitate a culture of co-learning among librarians and other interested professionals in the region by bringing people together to network and share ideas in an interactive, engaging, informal setting where participants determine the content.

INTERSECT: Where People and Ideas Meet!

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Activities, including workshops and tours, will be held during lunch time. 

Registration price is $40 for WNYLRC members and $50 for non-members. Breakfast, lunch, lunchtime activity, and snack are included.

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Spaces for each session and lunch activities are limited -- so sign up soon!

If you need disability accommodations, please email Caitlin at

There is $5/day valet parking only for guests of our Unconference at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The date for room reservations within our hotel block has passed, and these are no longer available.