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Trainings, Outreach, and Education

FreeState provides information and resources designed to promote self-advocacy within the LGBT community, as well as educational trainings to Maryland educators, service providers, lawyers and judges about LGBT legal needs.

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Training and Consultation
FreeState Legal Project provides comprehensive and interactive trainings that empowers stakeholders in schools, foster care, and the juvenile justice system to build safe and inclusive spaces for LGBTQ youth. Thanks to the generosity of our funders, we are able to provide these trainings and other technical assistance resources at no cost to Maryland based institutions and programs.

What We Offer

FreeState Legal Project, in partnership with many national organizations, including the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network offers interactive workshops on topics including:

  • Addressing LGBTQ Bullying & Building Affirming School Communities
  • Complying with State and Federal Anti-Bullying Laws: Learn to Effectively Address LGBTQ Bullying from a Legal Perspective
  • Meeting the Needs of Homeless LGBTQ Youth
  • Building Safe Spaces for Transgender/Gender Non- Conforming Youth: A Comprehensive Toolkit
  • Know Your Rights: An Interactive Youth Workshop

Other Resources
FreeState Legal Project offers technical assistance and support to service providers, teachers, youth and other staff involving:

  • LGBTQ and Bullying Policies
  • Family Engagement
  • Small Scale Needs Assessments in Foster Care Settings, Juvenile Justice Facilities and Schools

Who We Work With

Teachers Colleges Social Workers Families Youth Foster Care Agencies Universities
Administrators Support Staff Juvenile Justice Facilities Lawyers Judges Law Enforcement Probation Officers

Our Values
We believe that the most effective learning comes through honest and authentic dialogue; activities are centered in storytelling, self-reflection and the honoring of community voices. We encourage thoughtful discussion and participant engagement. Our goal is for every participant to leave with a concrete plan to implement and share their new knowledge.

Request a Training, Speaker or Other Resources
Want to bring us to your school, organization or college? Fill out the Speaker Request Form.

Questions?
Want to learn more? Contact Saida Agostini, Director of LGBTQ Resources at sagostini@freestatelegal.org or (410) 625-LGBT (5428).

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Foster Care Brochure
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