Schedule & Workshops

15th Annual Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth Schedule*

7:00-8:00AM: Registration

8:00-9:00AM: Opening Session and Keynote

9:00-9:20AM: Break/Exhibitors

9:20-10:10AM: Workshop Session 1

10:10-10:30AM: Break/Exhibitors

10:30-11:20AM: Workshop Session 2

11:20-12:20PM: Lunch Session and Keynote

12:20-12:40PM: Break/Exhibitors

12:40-1:30PM: Workshop Session 3

1:30-1:50PM: Break/Exhibitors

1:50-2:40PM: Workshop Session 4

2:40-3:00PM: Break/Exhibitors

3:00PM: Closing Session

Get a Glimpse of the Workshops for this Year’s Conference!

Teaching All: Building Inclusive Schools for LGBTQ Youth – Mark Busch, Iowa Safe Schools

As educators, it is important to not just claim allyship, but show it in the classroom. This workshop will discuss ways that teachers, paraeducators, and administrators can create more inclusive schools for LGBTQ youth on a daily basis. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and get direct answers from a former teacher.

Laws & Rights in High Schools – Nicole Proesch, Iowa Department of Education

Understanding the law can be intimidating, especially if you feel your rights have been violated. This session will cover in detail both state and federal law regarding protections for transgender students, how these protections have evolved over time, and subsequent guidance to schools, teachers, parents, and students on what rights transgender students have at school.

Stories of Acceptance and Love: A Parent Panel

When a student comes out as LGBTQ, their parent must also experience their own transformation. This workshop will feature Iowa parents telling their honest stories of their child’s coming out journey, and how their experiences have motivated them to fiercely support the LGBTQ community.

2020 Rainbow Forum, Featuring 2020 United States Senate Candidates

We are excited to announce the first ever U.S. Senate Rainbow Forum – an LGBTQ-focused public forum for 2020 U.S. Senate candidates from Iowa. This event is part of the 15th Annual Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth. You will need to register for the Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth to attend this forum. Questions will be taken from moderators and the audience related to LGBTQ issues.

The following candidates have confirmed:
Eddie J. Mauro
Kimberly Graham for US Senate – Iowa
Mike Franken
Cal Woods

Pride Camp is “Not Your Typical Gay Camp”! – Dana Van Renterghem, Iowa Safe Schools

The only LGBTQ youth summer camp in the Midwest, Pride Camp is an epic, life-changing program for LGBTQ and Allied youth ages 14-18 to learn, grow, and connect with each other…and it’s a FULL WEEK this year. This workshop will give participants the opportunity to ask questions and find out everything there is to know about Pride Camp, how to register and apply for scholarships, and get a sneak peek at some of the activities campers will experience!

Let’s Talk About it: LGBTQ Mental Health – Joby Holcomb, LMHC & Denise Harris, LISW

Ending the silence around mental health and being LGBTQ is one of the many ways students can support each other. This workshop will explore common mental health concerns of LGBTQ youth, and what resources are available. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions in a safe and supportive atmosphere and get honest answers from an expert in the field of mental health.

Advocacy – It’s Everyone’s Job: Legislator Panel

This workshop will feature Iowa legislators and their perspective on creating a safer and more inclusive community for all students. Come with questions on getting involved in different movements around the state and hear directly from leaders on those issues.

Ain’t No Lie, Baby… Bi, Bi, Bi – Drake Rainbow Union

How can we as a community discuss what it means to be the largest group within the LGBTQ community? This workshop will focus on the often invisible majority of the LGBTQ community, and how students and educators can build inclusive spaces for all students! Come ready to learn from college students about their success in building movements around creating positive change.

A Discussion of Faith and Identity: Interfaith Panel

Many faiths and denominations have become reconciling communities, meaning they have made a commitment to being in loving ministry with all people without prejudice, including sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, to truly have “open hearts, open minds, and open doors.” Come to this workshop to hear from three leaders of different faith communities about their efforts to welcome and include all people into their congregation.

More workshops will be announced soon, so be sure to check back often!