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Session: The Last Taboo - confronting homophobia & transphobia in emergency services
Why are so many firefighters - who will enter a burning building - afraid to even talk about
homophobia? Homophobia, unchallenged, can be used to discredit all women in the fire service,and discourage male responders from showing compassion or dealing with their emotions. Transphobia challenges fire service leaders, from bathroom facilities to the kitchen table, from preferred pronouns to policies. How can we confront these prejudices, or even begin the conversation about sexual orientation and gender identity in our company, our department? This interactive session offers attendees, of any rank or role, information and concepts to break open the taboo on these issues, to decipher the “alphabet soup” – LGBTQQI, and to break down some of the common myths and stereotypes about LGBT people. Language, tools and skills to challenge this form of bigotry will be offered.

Nov 12, 2020 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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jona olsson
jona is the Director of cultural bridges to justice and Fire and EMS Chief of Latir Volunteer FD in New Mexico, US. jona has presented for IAFC, IAFF, FBU, i-women, CAFC, FSWO, London and Edinburgh Fire brigades, Ottawa and Calgary Fire Departments, Australasian Fire and Emergency Authorities Council, Women and Firefighting Australasia (WAFA) plus many other agencies in the U. S., Canada, UK and Australasia. She was named 2012 Volunteer Chief of the Year by Fire Chief Magazine and IAFC. In 2015 she received FSWO’s first Ambassador Award. jona lives with her wife, Jane, and rescued 4-footed friends.