Trainings & Presentations

The LOFT provides LGBTQ+ training, workshops, and presentations for organizations seeking to enhance their services and support for the LGBTQ+ community. We are experts in LGBTQ+ needs and experiences and strive to Advocate, Educate, and Celebrate the diverse LGBTQ+ community. 

The LOFT's Professional Training Program offers customizable trainings to address your organization's specific needs.

A selection of our most popular training topics:

  • LGBTQ+ Cultural Competency Training covers LGBTQ+ terminology, community history, discussions on intersectionality, and exercises aimed at fostering an inclusive work culture.
  • Transgender 101 Training breaks down terminology within the transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary (TGNCNB) communities. It includes discussions on intersectionality, practice using gender-neutral pronouns, and best practices for language to create an inclusive environment for TGNCNB communities.
  • Non-Binary 101 Training delves into gender, gender norms, terminology within the TGNCNB communities, historical relevance of non-binary identities, and offers practice using common gender-neutral pronouns.
  • Becoming an LGBTQ+ Ally Training features community-building exercises, a breakdown of LGBTQ+ terminology, practice using gender-neutral pronouns, tips for effective allyship, and provides valuable resources.
  • Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ+ Relationships Training covers The LOFT's IPV advocate service, Rebuilding Rainbows, along with current statistics on LGBTQ+ IPV. It delves into the implications, unique stressors, and service access challenges faced by LGBTQ+ community members dealing with family/intimate partner violence.
  • LGBTQ+ Aging Training provides an overview of LGBTQ+ terminology, discusses unique aging issues faced by LGBT seniors, including current facts and statistics, and offers action steps for professionals to affirm and support the aging LGBTQ+ community.
  • TGNCNB Health Training breaks down terminology within TGNCNB communities, explores methods TGNC people may use during transitioning, addresses specific health concerns and safety risks, discusses barriers to affirming care, and outlines best practices.
  • Creating a Gender Inclusive Workplace Training provides an overview of gender terminology and delves into establishing an affirming workplace culture and policy for TGNCNB communities.
  • The Understanding Pronouns Workshop breaks down the history and implications of gendered language and norms. It provides insight into the how's and why's of using gender-inclusive pronouns and language.


For questions, contact Sarah Mazzella at [email protected] | 914-948-2932 ext 23



"The informative teaching session given to us by Shepard and Jesse from The LOFT LGBTQ+ Community Center was very educational and brought a lot of ideas, with both substantial and in-depth knowledge together with case studies.  This was one of the best training workshops on the Transgender community I have ever attended. The materials & facilitation were excellent and learning in our personal environment made the training very comfortable. I very much liked the approach. I recommend this training to all those in the fertility fields who want to learn more about the topics of Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Sex Assigned at Birth, just to name a few as well as understand on a human level some of the daily struggles of the Transgender community.  We would welcome the LOFT back for future training sessions anytime and look forward to a wonderful relationship with the LOFT."

-Michele Faust of CT Fertility, Transgender Fertility and Best Practice Training