Advocating for LGBTQ Youth Issues in Schools
Brian Navarro (bio) communicates the importance of talking to policy-makers about LGBTQ interests.
I'm a social worker by discipline, so I think it's in our blood to advocate and really look at systems in a larger type scale, so for me as an individual, I'm going to be really interacting and advocating for my client with some of those power brokers, whether on a school level it's a principal or a little bit higher on an administrative level. And I think we can't minimize that social interactions also have a strong effect on policy, on change.
In regards to that, oftentimes I find myself in a restaurant or having a meal with somebody that also has a hand in policy making, and that's an opportunity for me to really give my story or a story of a client that I've been working with, to really have them have a mind change or a change in maybe how they see the world. So, to offer that to them, so that when they're really making policies, they could really begin to incorporate that.
Excerpted from an interview at CBITS Summit 2013 in Santa Monica, CA.