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Let's Say Gay! Lgbtq+ History/Current Events Social Club and Discussion Group

Club for Queer, Transgender, Nonbinary, Gender-Expansive, LGBTQ+ Tweens

Class
Mx. Erika Rose, LMHC, MT-BC (she/they)
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(413)
In this ongoing group, youth will share triumphs, joys, and struggles and have opportunities for socializing as well as support.

Class experience

The groups have a primary aim of support and socialization. However, since it is inevitable that youths will have questions and be seeking information, the instructor will base the level of information on the guidelines for youths ages 5-8 and 9-12 from the Comprehensive Sexuality Education Guidance of the World Health Organization. These guidelines state, in part, that information should reflect the most current medical and social sciences understanding and focus on promoting the values that all individuals are worthy of dignity, respect, and autonomy. Youth will be likely to discuss the concepts of how sex and gender are different, as well as different genders and sexual orientations. Youth will be guided away from explicit or overly personal sharing and the depth and detail of discussion will be kept within the concepts recommended by the WHO for 5-8 and 9-12.
I am a clinician with more than two decades of experience working with youth and families and extensive training in working with LGBTQ youth. I am a member of the LGBTQ community and am raising a transgender youth. 
We typically will not need any supplies. Sometimes we may do simple art or journaling, so those who prefer to use pen/paper rather than digital media may want these available. Sometime we play social games using external websites such as skribbl.io (all of which are free, do not require download or signup, and never involve play with members of the general public during our class). Please ensure your youth's device settings allow them to access a web browser. It is of course fine if members choose not to join games, but this is just a heads up to avoid disappointment.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Youth will be discussing gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. The depth and detail of discussion will be kept age-appropriate using the WHO guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education for the 5-8 and 9-12 age ranges. The facilitator will encourage appropriate boundaries and level of sharing, reminding youths to keep content appropriate to the context of a drop-in group with an adult facilitator present. Facilitator will provide appropriate support and guidance to assure all youths feel safe and respected at all times. 

While the facilitator is trained as a clinician, the group is social, supportive, and educational in nature, not therapeutic. In the event that a youth's comments or behavior in class suggest that the youth is in need of more focused professional support, the facilitator's policy is to contact the youth's caregiver outlining concerns. Per Outschool policy, caregivers may listen to groups off-camera but may not be visible or audible during groups for the privacy and safety of other students. Students should always be aware that caregivers or other individuals may be listening to the group. Caregivers who have concerns about their student are encouraged to contact the facilitator, who is happy to exchange general feedback and suggestions. The facilitator will respect students' privacy and will not discuss other students beyond brief mentions, nor share details of group content beyond basic themes. Only comments or behavior of a highly concerning nature will be specifically shared with caregivers. The group is recorded and archived by Outschool for safety and accountability, but recordings of this particular group are not shared with students or families in order to respect sharing of a sensitive nature that occurs.

Meet the teacher

Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(413)
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I am a board-certified music therapist and licensed mental health counselor. I offer courses in music and expressive arts, life skills, and self-advocacy. I am happy to put together courses upon request. I aim to teach my classes in a way that is... 
Group Class

$10

weekly
1x per week
55 min

Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(26)
Completed by 216 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 8-12
8-12 learners per class

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