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Daniel Witthaus: Pride & Prejudice Facilitator Training

Session Info:

If you could significantly change student attitudes toward gay men and lesbians, would you do it? What if it only took you one hour a week for six weeks?

The first response to these questions is typically disbelief:  “Six weeks?  Is that all?  Are you mad? Have you been into schools lately?  Have you been in a classroom with a group of young men?  You’d need six months!”

Join challenging homophobia educator, Daniel Witthaus, who will share two decades of professional development experience in how best to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) students and to challenge classroom homophobia. Daniel will draw upon the formally-evaluated, award-winning educational package, Pride & Prejudice and his first book, Beyond ‘That’s So Gay’.

The focus of these high-quality presentations is on how schools can become more inclusive and safer environments for all students, particularly same-sex attracted and gender questioning young people.

Daniel focuses on going beyond research and policy to uncover the most effective practical strategies and action plans. All work is in plain, accessible language.


Teachers undertaking Pride & Prejudice Facilitator Training benefit from learning:

  • Everything they need to facilitate and complement a six-week, formally-evaluated challenging homophobia program designed for everyday teachers and health professionals.
  • The latest research evidence about same-sex attracted and gender diverse young people to inform your practice.
  • What is currently working (and not working) in schools across Australia.
  • Practical strategies and frameworks for understanding sexual identity, coming out and challenging a variety of homophobic behaviours in young people and adults that can be used immediately in their classrooms and the schoolyard.
  • Day One:
  • Homophobia 101: A guide to challenging different homophobic “types”;
  • How best to support LGBTI students; and,
  • How to engage students, teachers and parents.
  • Day Two:
  • Building confidence and competence in everyday classroom activities;
  • Preparing your school community for challenging homophobia;
  • A compelling 10-step blueprint for a homophobia-proof school.

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