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What is Models of Pride?

Models of Pride is the world’s largest FREE conference for LGBTQ youth & allies 12-24, as well as parents & professionals. This year’s virtual event will include an opening session, workshops, resources, and entertainment – all free!

When/Where is this year’s Models of Pride?

The 28th annual Models of Pride will be Saturday November 14 and Sunday, November 15 online. Stay tuned for details!

When does registration for Models of Pride close?

Online registration for Models of Pride will remain open throughout the event, but benefits to registering in advance include receiving important pre-event information and being entered into a pre-registration prize drawings.

In what ways is Models of Pride an accessible event?

We are committed to making Models of Pride as inclusive and accessible as possible. Please assist us by using respectful language and not making assumptions. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please email modelsofpride@lalgbtcenter.org at least two weeks prior to the conference.

What is the Parent & Professional Institute?

The Parent & Professional Institute at Models of Pride offers family members, educators, professionals, and all other adult supporters of LGBTQ youth an unparalleled opportunity to learn, network, and develop community with others on a similar journey. The day will include tailored workshops, discussions, resources, and exclusive programming.

What is LGBTQ?

LGBTQ typically refers to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning/Queer. We utilize the acronym as an umbrella term that is often used to refer to the community, recognizing that identities like intersex, asexual, two-spirit, and others are valid and wholeheartedly welcome at Models of Pride.

Here are quick definitions of some of the terms utilized on our website:

  • Cisgender Woman: someone who was assigned female at birth and personally identifies wholly as a woman
  • Cisgender Man: someone who was assigned male at birth and personally identifies as a man
  • Transgender Man: someone who was assigned female at birth and personally identifies as a man
  • Transgender Woman: someone who was assigned male at birth and personally identifies as woman
  • Gender Queer: a gender identity label often used by people who do not identify within the binary of man/woman
  • Nonbinary: an umbrella term to describe any gender identity that does not fit into the gender binary of male and female.
  • Pansexual: a person who is pansexual (abbreviated pan) can be attracted to members of all genders/expressions.
  • Queer: an umbrella term used to describe individuals who do not identify as straight or cisgender. Because of its historical use as a slur, queer is not embraced by all LGBTQ people, but some LGBT communities have reclaimed the word in recent years.
  • Bisexual: attracted not exclusively to people of one particular gender; traditionally: attracted to both men and women.
  • Lesbian: women who are attracted to other women
  • Gay: someone who is attracted solely (or primarily) to the same gender (gay is also sometimes used as an umbrella term for the LGBT community)
  • Straight: someone whose primary attraction is to someone of the opposite gender
  • Asexual: someone who experiences little or no sexual attraction to others; sometimes abbreviated “ace”

What kind of workshops are offered at Models of Pride?

In the past, workshop topics have included Activism/Social Justice, Ally Community & Issues, Arts & Culture, Coming Out/Families, Education/Careers, Gender (i.e. Queer, Trans, Intersex, etc.), Health, People of Color Community & Issues, Self-Empowerment, Sexualities (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Pan, Fluid, etc.), and Spirituality/Faith.

In the past, workshop topics for the Parent & Professional Institute track have included Allyship, Child Welfare/System(s) of Care/Juvenile Justice, Dating & Healthy Relationships, Education, Faith & Spirituality, Legal Rights, Mental Health, Parent Support/Resources, Sexual Health, Support Trans/Gender-Expansive Youth, Support for LGBTQA Youth 13 and Under, and Racial Justice.

Am I required to attend the full conference?

Models of Pride is a once-a-year conference, but we understand that sometimes folks are unable to participate fully. This year’s online platform allows for flexibility in joining the program whenever you are able.

What is the history of Models of Pride?

Models of Pride was created in 1993 by the Gay and Lesbian Education Commission of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as a means of providing a safe and positive environment where LGBTQ youth could network with each other and expose themselves to new ideas and information. Friends of Project 10, Inc. took over the sponsorship and major funding for this conference in 1998 when the LAUSD abolished all education commissions. For 20 years, the conference programming has included a wide variety of workshops covering such topics as dating, coming out, stereotyping, student activism, cultural and religious issues, healthcare issues, creative expression, and much more. In 2010, Friends of Project 10 Inc. invited LifeWorks, the LGBT youth mentoring and development program of the Los Angeles LGBT Center to take over as presenter of the conference.

After a successful transition in 2010, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has grown Models of Pride from less than 500 youth in attendance to over 1,500. LifeWorks proudly continues the Models of Pride tradition that for so many years has been a life changing experience for thousands of youth. And, as times change for the better, Models of Pride continues to adjust to meet the ever-changing needs of LGBTQ youth.

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