Embracing life to the full… Including questions, challenges, joys and adventures
On Thursday I brought in a guest speaker from the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA) to my class. I met Rob through work I was doing in the community on human trafficking. I was receiving training about providing care for victims of trafficking from all different client populations. This particular training was on understanding challenges that the LGBT community faces.
I left his presentation with increasing empathy and a desire to understand more about what my LGBT brothers and sisters face, not just a trafficking victims, but in daily life. I also realized that my students could benefit from learning about these challenges and could grow by considering their own paths as friends, family members, co-workers, and romantic partners. I have students who are LGBT and students who are homophobic. My classes provide a wide mix experiences and perspectives.
One of the most interesting portions of his presentation is about “coming out” — about the fears and risks associated with it as well as the freedom that comes from living an authentic life. I want to be a safe person for my friends and family members to trust with their stories. I may write another post about this later, but I am still digesting it.
At the end of his presentation he leaves the group with the following self assessment: