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Beyond the Binary: Fundamentals & Best-Practices for Supporting 2SLGBTQIA+ Youth


Physical and mental health inequities persist for 2SLGBTQ+ young people locally and nationally. These inequities result from systemic discrimination and rejection from others. Accepting and affirming adults save lives. According to the Trevor Project’s 2019 National Survey of LGBTQ Youth Mental Health, LGBTQ youth who report having at least one accepting adult were 40% less likely to report a suicide attempt in the last year. Trusted adults, including mental health clinicians, social workers, case managers, and educators, are uniquely positioned to support 2SLGBTQ+ young people. This workshop will equip participants with fundamental information and best practices for supporting 2SLGBTQ+ youth in various settings.

Learning Objectives: By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
• Explain two (2) contributing factors leading to health inequities for
2SLGBTQ+ youth
• Identify the differences between sex, gender identity gender expression,
and sexual orientation
• Describe the importance of accepting and affirming adults for 2SLGBTQ+
• Explain at least four (4) key principles for supporting 2SLGBTQ+ youth
• Identify five (5) strategies for fostering affirming and inclusive environments
• Apply strategies for supporting 2SLGBTQ+ youth to commonly
encountered scenarios
• Commit to implementing at least one (1) new strategy with the youth they


  • Tammy Delocéano (any respectful pronouns)

    Tammy is a proud Neurodivergent Latinx artist and a charismatic Youth advocate who joined the Amplify Team in 2020. With the support and collaboration of many young people, Tammy has spent the last 9 years creating award-winning, nationally recognized program spaces where young people can lead and innovate their communities, ranging from Body Positive fashion clubs, empowerment spaces for marginalized cultural groups, Summer Camps, and their work with Amplify’s Youth Leadership Council. Tammy currently serves as Amplify’s Training and Outreach Coordinator, where they support building up the skills people need to engage and serve young people effectively. With their background in photography and a Human relations degree from “The School of Life”, Tammy has seen the power positive media representation and meaningful participation can have for marginalized community members. Tammy incorporates these ideas and their experiences working with young people to their activism and the Amplify training space to inspire others to combat adultism, body-negativity and support our community’s young people to fully grow into themselves without fear.

  • Jenny Briggs, LMSW (she/her)

    Jenny is a lifelong Tulsan who brings a strengths-based, systems-oriented approach and passion for youth voice to her work with Amplify. She earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma in 2014 and is licensed by the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers at the LMSW level. Jenny has over a decade of experience in public health and community-based social work. As Director of Learning & Impact with Amplify Youth Health Collective, Jenny guides the strategic vision for Amplify’s capacity-building programs, supporting program staff and external partners to advance youth sexual health and well-being across Tulsa and Oklahoma.

  • Sierra Carter, CHES (she/her)

    Sierra Carter joined Amplify in June 2023 as the Training Manager. For nearly 12 years, she worked in the Tulsa Health Department’s PREP program as an Adolescent Sexual Health Educator, implementing various sex ed programs in Tulsa County school districts and youth-serving organizations. She also continues to serve as a nationally certified trainer for evidence-based intervention programs where she facilitates best practices in sex education and positive youth development. What fuels Sierra’s passion for adolescent health is the incredible people that she shares this work with in empowering young people to become the very best advocates for themselves! She received her bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University in Health Promotion and maintains her credentials as a Certified Health Education Specialist.

July 12, 2024
Fri 9:00 AM CDT

Duration 3H 0M

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