Developing Competencies On LGBT+ Issues

Alex Golcher facilitating a workshop on gender violence related to LGBT+ human rights abuses

Alex Golcher facilitating a workshop on gender violence related to LGBT+ human rights abuses

Collaborating with the Salvadoran LGBT+ population to address gender-based violence and human rights abuses requires that Cristosal's staff develop the necessary competencies to professionally interact with LGBT+ persons without replicating the cultural violence found in the everyday status quo.

On Wednesday, December 6th, Alex Golcher and Cristosal’s Center for Research and Learning facilitated an all-staff workshop to better understand the unique needs of LGBT+ victims of rights abuses and the relationship between gender, sexuality and violence.

Through an interactive discussion, the workshop focused on three learning objectives of:

  • Building fluency in definitions and terms to reinforce an appreciation that sexual orientation does not necessarily coincide with gender identity or expression

  • Learning tools and best practices for engaging with transgender persons such as soliciting and using their preferred pronoun (he, she, they, them, etc.)

  • Providing a conceptual framework that connects the gender based violence experienced by women and LGBT+ persons as both being rooted in, and enabled by heteronormativity, the notion that heterosexuality is the only normal and natural expression of sexuality

Learn more about the Center for Research and Learning here and our research on LGBT+ rights issues, including the report, Religious Freedom and LGBTI People: Guide for Dialogue on Human Rights in El Salvador

James Lochhead