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Join us for the LGBTQ+ Core Competency Workshop with Charlie Best from The Rainbow Center!

This workshop is designed to provide the foundational terminology, information, and tools you need to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. Learn more about gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, the terminology to use, what it all means, and why it’s important.

This workshop is free, but registration is required. Click here to register.

Charlie Best is a proud queer, transgender man who has been having difficult discussions about gender, sexuality, and intersectional identity for most of his life. He holds a BA in History and Masters of Arts in Teaching from Lewis & Clark College and, after getting his start in Portland Public Schools, turned his passion toward alternative education and youth advocacy. As the Education Manager at the Rainbow Center in Tacoma, Charlie develops and delivers trainings to organizations and businesses around Washington designed to teach about the LGBTQ+ community and provide the tools to make the world a safer, more affirming, and accepting space through an intersectional, actively anti-racist lens. During his free time, Charlie can be found snuggled up with his cat, Goose, watching or playing Dungeons & Dragons, or roughing it in a new slice of the Pacific Northwest’s lush wilderness.

Charlie’s hope is that participants will leave the workshop with a greater understanding of the LGBTQ+ community, the barriers the community faces, and why they’re important. He hopes to leave participants with a toolkit of language, terminology, and easy but meaningful methods for creating safe spaces and for engaging with members of the LGBTQ+ community in a respectful and affirming manner.