Parent & Professional Institute


The 28th annual Models of Pride conference will take place November 14 and November 15. Details coming soon!




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The Models of Pride conference includes workshop sessions where you can choose between various workshops in a range of content areas. Below is a list of previous workshops featured in the Parent and Professional Track.

  • Advocacy 101: Change through Storytelling
  • Affirming Conversations: A Practical Guide to Communicating with Your LGBTQ+ Teen
  • Asexuality 101 for Parents and Professionals
  • Ask Me Anything: Queer and Trans Office Hours
  • Away from the Why and Towards the How: Providing Best Practice Affirming Interventions for Gender Non-Conforming Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, & Other Social and Learning Differences
  • Beyond Safe Spaces: Building Support for Families and Caregivers of LGBTQI2-S Youth
  • Beyond "Trans": Hear the Voices of Trans Youth
  • Bi and Beyond: Understanding the Bisexual, Pansexual, and Fluid Community
  • Body and Mind: Providing Gender Affirming Health & Mental Health Care – Perspectives from a Doctor and Therapist
  • Camino Hacia la Aceptación y Celebración de Nuestras/os/xs Familiares LGBTQ
  • Clap Back: Shutting Down Religious Hatred
  • Developing Critically Engaged Student Leaders
  • El Canto del Colibrí: Hombres Latinos que Aman a sus Hijxs LBGTQ
    The Song of the Hummingbird: Latino Men Who Love their LGBTQ Children
  • Embracing Our Scars: Self-Harm 101
  • Faith, Spirituality & Our Community
  • Familias LGBTQ+: Discussion Group for Parents, Friends and Families of LGBTQ+ Latinx Youth
  • Fat and Happy: Empowering Youth of Any Size
  • Forcing Gender: A Roundtable Discussion on Gender Fluidity
  • GSAs: Best Practices
  • Harnessing the Power of Neuroscience to Enhance Allyship as Parents and Professionals
  • Highly Sensitive & Queer: Taking Better Care of Highly Sensitive LGBTQ Youth
  • Housing is a Basic Human Right: Host Homes as a Creative Answer to Youth Homelessness
  • How to Support Local High School GSA Clubs
  • Immigration Basics and Know Your Rights
  • Inclusive Curricula for Safer Schools: Implementing California’s Inclusive Curricula Laws and Protecting LGBTQ+ Youth
  • Invisible Men: Uplifting the Narratives of Trans Men and Transmasculine People of Color
  • Let’s Talk HIV Prevention and Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • LGBTQ+ Me and You: Space for LGBTQ+ Professionals Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth
  • LGBTQ+ Cultural Competency: Supporting and Understanding LGBTQ+ Youth
  • Living with One Foot in The Closet: The Coming Out Process
  • Multicultural Storytelling for Healing, Resistance, & Resilience
  • Opportunities and Obstacles: The Impact of Technology for LGBTQ+ Young People
  • OUT for Safe Schools®: How to Be An Ally to LGBTQ+ Youth In K-8th Grade
  • Parenting the Trans Teen: After Coming Out
  • Parents and Caregivers Discussion Group: Raising LGBTQ+ Youth
  • Parents in Transition, Too
  • Practicing Purposeful Allyship through Motivational Interviewing
  • Queer Church: Creating Queer-Centric Sacred Spaces
  • Sound Bath Meditation
  • Spiritual Trauma and Mental Health Among LGBTQ+ Youth
  • Stuck in the Middle? Faith, Family, and Your LGBTQ+ Child
  • The Constellation of You: A New Model for Understanding Gender and Sexuality
  • The State of LGBTQ+: Where are We Now and Where are We Going?
  • Theater of the Oppressed: Rehearsal for the (R)Evolution
  • They’re Here and They’re Queer! Teaching LGBTQ+ Specific Sex Ed
  • Tightrope v. Eggshells: Navigating Faith and LGBTQ+ Allyship
  • TRANScending Medical Myths: An Interactive Workshop by Healthcare Professionals for Parents and Professionals Caring for Transgender and Gender-Expansive Youth
  • TRANScending Patriarchy in Today’s World
  • Trauma-Informed Care for Trans & Non-Binary Communities
  • Want to Connect w/ LGBTQ+ Youth? Try Youtube.
  • What You Don't Know About Your Child's Identity
  • Working with LGBTQIA+ Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence


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Continuing Education

If your profession or employer requires Continuing Educating Units (CEUs), the Parent & Professional Institute at Models of Pride is an unparalleled opportunity to earn the credit. The Parent & Professional Institute is approved for CE credits up to 5.45 hours for CA LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs. Breaks, lunch, resource fair, dinner, and post-conference lounges are not eligible for CE credit. Details will be updated in the coming weeks.

Provider meets all applicable local, state, and federal standards, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12101-12213 (2008).

Speakers & Entertainment

Below you can see the awesome speakers & talent we have lined up for the Parent & Professional Institute at Models of Pride!


California State Senator María Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles), Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, and West/Metro LA Senior Field Deputy Fernando Morales from Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s office have all spoken at the Models of Pride Parent & Professional Institute.


Kelly Mantle can currently be seen alongside Tammie Brown in the web series #TheBrownsShow. Kelly also recently guest starred on the TV show, “Lucifer.”  Last year, Kelly made Oscars history by being the first person ever to be approved and considered by The Academy for both Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress for their performance in the movie “Confessions Of A Womanizer.”  Kelly is the first openly gender-fluid person to be considered for an Oscar. Kelly is also featured in the movie "Middle Man" alongside Jim O'Heir and Andrew J. West in theaters now.

Kelly has guest-starred on a whole bunch of TV shows like Rizzoli & Isles, Eagleheart, The New Normal, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Mike & Molly, New Adventures of Old Christine, Southland, CSI, Judging Amy, Nip/Tuck, Cold Case, Will & Grace, George Lopez, and a recurring role on NYPD Blue.

Kelly was also featured on LOGO’s stand-up comedy special, “DragTastic NYC” and season six of "RuPaul's Drag Race."

As a stage actor, Kelly has starred in over 50 plays in the theatre. Kelly wrote & starred in their critically-acclaimed one-person show “The Confusion Of My Illusion” which was produced at the Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Theatre at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

As a singer, songwriter, and musician, Kelly has released three albums which have been hailed by critics everywhere. Kelly is currently in the studio finishing up their fourth album to be released in 2020.

Kelly grew up in Oklahomo like their uncle, the late great Mickey Mantle. (Yep...Kelly's a switch-hitter too.) Kelly received a B.F.A. in Theatre from the University of Oklahoma and is a graduate of Second City in Chicago.

  • Kelly Mantle (they/them, she/her)
  • Twitter:  thekellymantle
  • IG:  kellymantle


Barney Cheng landed on the Hollywood map as an actor in 2002 with his acclaimed performance in Woody Allen's Hollywood Ending. The New York Times described Cheng's comedic timing as "surgically precise." The Orange County Register raved that Cheng "steals every scene he's in." Cheng accompanied Allen to promote the film and to open the 55th Cannes Film Festival.

In addition to acting, Cheng works as a writer-director-producer. His award-winning films have collectively screened in over 100 film festivals worldwide. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese, Cheng is particularly proud of his Chinese-English language feature Baby Steps, which received Tribeca Film Institute's All Access fellowship. Produced by the Oscar-winning producer of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Baby Steps received jury and audience awards for best feature at numerous festivals.

Gravitas Ventures released Baby Steps to enthusiastic reception and reviews. The San Francisco Chronicle calls Baby Steps an "engaging" and "touching" film. "Inarguably, here's a film created by and starring Asian Americans that is definitely worth applauding," raves Huffington Post. "Baby Steps is becoming more and more relevant by the second."

Cheng is creating an original series called "Curated Lies," and his second feature A Doorknob Away, a Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition winner, is currently in development for production.

Cheng has participated in the NBCUniversal Directing Fellowship program and is a Writer-Director Film Independent Fellow. Grew up in Los Angeles, Cheng attended Stanford University and read political philosophy at Oxford University. Cheng proudly celebrates his Taiwanese-American and LGBT intersectional identity and is on the board of PFLAG San Gabriel Valley API.

  • Barney Cheng (he/him,his)
  • A Love Letter 
  • @BarneyCheng


Dr. Ernesto Javier Martínez is an interdisciplinary literary critic, a writer, and a tenured associate professor in the Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies (IRES) at the University of Oregon. He wrote & produced LA SERENATA, a short film about two parents who struggle with their beloved Mexican musical tradition when their son requests a love song for another boy.


Ezra Michel is a singer/songwriter who garners a lot of inspiration from his experience while transitioning and finds solace in performance and vulnerability. Ezra’s main goal in life is to enjoy living as his authentic self and laughing as much as possible along the way.

  • Ezra Michel (he/him)
  • Instagram: @ezra_ahhh
  • Youtube: Ezra Michel 


Alexandra Grey is an actress and musician best known for her role as Elizah Parks on the Amazon series ‘Transparent’. Her guest-star credits include shows like How to Get Away with Murder, Drunk History, Chicago Med and the critically-acclaimed ABC mini series 'When We Rise' directed by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black. She recently joined the cast of the hit Fox musical drama series ‘Empire’ where she plays Melody Barnes, a superstar singer and songwriter. Grey is a former homeless youth, now using her platform to blaze a trail for the transgender community. She was recently featured on the cover of "GayTimes" Magazine and listed in Variety as one of the Top 10 Transgender Actors to watch in 2019.

  • Alexandra Grey (She/her)


Led by director Carlos Samaniego, Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles performs its repertoire to suit the LGBTQ community while it maintains the highest level of musicality. Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles is proud to have the first transgender female, Natalia Melendez, in the history of mariachi as one of its members. Natalia has been featured in a two-part special for Univision news, which depicts her life and struggles as a transgender woman in the mariachi world. As a result of this two-part special, in its short existence, Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles has been invited to perform for 3 different morning news shows on Univision, which includes the “Lanzate” program. During each one of these presentations, the mariachi was highlighted because of its special nature in representing the LGBTQ community.


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Online TBA


Saturday, November 14, 2020


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