Trans* & LGBQ2IA2 Ally Training General Info
“There was so much more than I knew existed.” Roselle, Bayer Inc.
Are you are interested in helping to create safe and life affirming work, and community spaces for your Trans* and LGBQ2A2I’SGL’P co-workers, partners, funders and clients/patrons and students?
Sharing personal stories, and group learning activities, are what make my training, powerful, insightful and fun! Whether you host me solo, or with members of my team; your group will walk away more knowledgeable and inspired to support diversity within your organization and beyond!
“As a recurring guest speaker for my Human Sexuality & Gender course, Fresh! White brings a life history and life force filled with genuineness, warmth, acceptance, humor, insight, and humility. He has a seemingly effortless way of communicating both personal content and societal context to an audience in a direct, candid, and engaging manner.” Andreas Bollinger, PH.D., Adjunct Professor Counseling Psychology, Dominican University
If you are looking for customized and engaging cultural training to support you and your teams in being an ally for these communities. My workshops present basic through advanced information including; defining terminology, information on some of the health risks around bullying, identifying discriminatory conduct, while offing suggestions and education on current CA, laws and protections for this community.
you will have an opportunity to see and experience some of the challenges, and successes our communities face while attain tools to for your personal understanding, as well as, deepen your professional and community member ally ship. There will also be an opportunity to ask clarifying questions directly to our presenter(s).
By participating in this workshop you will:
- Attain an understanding of how to be better ally
- Walk away with resources to help further your learning post workshop
- Shift from making assumptions, to asking clarifying questions in respectful ways
- Learn a bit of history about the roots of transgender and gender expansive discrimination, and debunk some myths
- Ensure your organization is providing access based on state and local laws
- Hear from a panel of speakers about their personal life experiences
Fresh “Lev” White is a Certified Life and Mindfulness Coach, writer, speaker, and facilitator. He is a contributing author to Trans Bodies Trans Selves, a health, legal and cultural resource guide for service providers and members of the trans* community. Lev has independently facilitated over 250 LGBTQ2IA talks and trainings in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2003 at institutions and corporations including UCSF, UC Santa Cruz, the East Bay and Spirit Rock Meditation Centers, the Oakland Museum of CA, Bayer Inc., Yahoo!, several consulting firms, and Namaste Yoga.
In his former role at the SF LGBT Center as an Employment Specialist, and in collaboration with the Transgender Law Center, Lev has offered over 20 Trans* Competency Trainings for employers. Lev founded the Bay Area’s first trans* meditation group and sits on the SF Trans March and TDOR Boards.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, October 2015: “…Trans* and LGBQ Life Confirming Training for Spirit Rock Staff in October 2015. We invited all staff to attend; around 40 were present. We all felt the training was outstanding, ranging from explaining acronyms to sharing deeply personal and life affirming stories. The training was offered in a sensitive, compassionate but direct and helpful manner. Staff responded very openly and with a great deal of honesty and vulnerability. The staff feedback was extremely positive and our community felt more clear and compassionate about how to support and be allies to our Trans* and LGBQ retreat and event participants.
“I highly recommend Fresh! and his colleagues, and wouldn’t hesitate to bring them back for a follow-up or refresher training in the future.” – Christine Owens, Spirit Rock Manager and Diversity Committee Member
Yahoo!, Santa Clara, CA “We especially appreciated the candid discussion our staff had with the panel. The speakers were charismatic and we appreciated their responses to our questions. Fresh’s workshops are invaluable.” David Reiley, Scientist,
Namaste Yoga, Oakland Teachers in Training, Oakland, November 2015: “Thank you so much for bringing your ally training to our group. We were honored to have you and your expertise, and experience. I hope to work together again. In Gratitude.” – Komeko Shibata, Yoga|Ayurveda|Massage|Aerials
University of California, Santa Cruz, December 2014 & 15: “It was truly a breathtaking experience. I am so grateful to you and your colleagues for creating such a space and that I was able to share it. College 10 is so very lucky. You all are an inspiration!” – Lené Whitley-Putz, PhD, Lecturer, The Writing Program, University of California, Santa Cruz
JFK University, Oakland, July & August 2015: “The students and staff really enjoyed your presentation. It was just what we needed.” – Debra Sheppard Center Director, OCCC JFK University
Glide Memorial Church, San Francisco, January, 2015: “Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Your work with us and our residents means so much. We thank you for helping inform us all!” Glide Community Housing Staff
College of Marin, Marin, September 2013: “Looking at it as a “movement” towards everyone being better, more open and loving people, expanded my views and made me bring both what I understand and what I don’t to the surface of my mind. Yay for authentic humans!” – Jenna Tomsky, Human Sexuality Student, College of Marin
San Francisco LGBT Speaker’s Bureau, 2002 – Present “Fresh! White has been a Speaker and Diversity Trainer with the San Francisco Speakers Bureau since 2002. Fresh! has touched hundreds of students with his authenticity, sense of humor, charisma, and knowledge. When Fresh! is at the front of the room as a co-facilitator, speaker, or panelist, audiences and participants feel comfortable listening to and/or participating in discussions about how, when we are all accepted and respected, it is possible for us to live richer, fuller lives.” McLellan Leigh, Retired, SF Speaker’s Bureau Director
Sample of Places I’ve Provided Training
A Woman’s Place, Homeless Shelter, San Francisco
American University, San Francisco
Calworks, Staff and Managers, San Francisco
City College, San Francisco
College of Marin, Kentfield
Dominican University, San Rafael
East Bay Meditation Center, Oakland
East Bay Waldorf School, San Pablo
Glide Memorial Housing Staff, San Francisco
Jazzie’s Place, SF’s first LGBT Shelter, San Francisco
JFK University, Oakland Center for Holistic Counseling, Oakland
Marin School District, Marin
McKinsey & Company, San Francisco
Namaste Yoga Teachers in Training, Oakland & Berkeley
Pieter Performance Space, Los Angeles
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland
San Francisco Health and Human Services, San Francisco
San Francisco Public Library Staff, San Francisco
San Francisco School District, San Francisco
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre
The Boston Consulting Group, San Francisco
UC Santa Cruz, College 10, Santa Cruz
UCSF French and Main Campus, San Francisco
Yahoo! Santa Clara