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Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership Conference 2-16-13

Gay Sexuality: Biology as a Destiny
The workshop attendees included K-12 educators, administrators, counselors, LGBT educational leaders and interested community members from across America.
This workshop helped audience members compare and contrast the definitions of sexual orientation and sexual behavior; describe the spectrum of sexuality in the general population; identify that sexual orientation is not a choice; describe how genetics plays a role in male homosexuality; list the current biological theories on causation of male homosexuality; and identify neuroanatomical differences between homosexual and heterosexual men
 Audience comments:
"Excellent presentation: Enjoyed the videos and case studies. Great way to involve the audience."-36 y/o F educational neuropsychologist
"Great presentation - the research being done with home videos, etc. is fascinating. Great video and study citations."-43 y/o F educator/administrator
"Well organized and informative. All educators (and parents) should listen to this."-55 y/o M high school teacher
"Great presentation. Very informative. I learned about sexual orientation vs sexual behavior. Transgender doesn't describe sexual orientation."-29 y/o F school counselor
"Great explanation of orientation vs. behavior. I realized I didn't know the difference. This was incredibly useful for my personal knowledge, as well as for helping my students."-30 y/o F teacher
"Fantastic information regarding the role that genes, hormones, and birth order play in life. Thank you!"-38 y/o M assistant principal
"Very interesting and informative: Trying to encourage sexual behavior different from a person's sexual orientation leads to higher chances of alcohol and drug abuse, depression, and suicidal thoughts."-23 y/o F graduate student
"Beautifully organized and presented. As a counselor new to the subject, I now have a basic understanding of LGBT issues that will lead me forward."-68 y/o F school counselor
"As a biology teacher, I found everything fascinating. It's good to have this information when students ask related questions."-33 y/o F teacher
"Very interesting/fascinating - Thank you! This allows a better understanding of scientific research - especially for people who think it is 'curable'."-32 y/o M counselor
"Thank you so much for being here today. Removing the emotion and speaking of physiology may be the way to approach some parents. I am grateful for you and others like you who care enough to try to change the world through information."-40 y/o F middle school teacher
"Great info! Thank you so much for volunteering!"-37 y/o F registered nurse
"I learned more about the role of science, birth order, and genetics. Informative - Info I can use in my capacity as an ally/GSA supporter."-63 y/o F college history professor
"I learned about orientation vs. behavior, genes, and hormones. I will use this information to educate."-62 y/o F sign language interpreter 
"I will be able to direct students, parents, and colleagues to current scientific studies that will hopefully enable them to come to terms that sexual orientation is not a choice."-43 y/o M teacher
"Excellent information - Valuable resource! It will improve my work with students and their families. Evidence/Research based."-60 y/o F counselor
"Thank you for presenting a clear definition of transgender."-53 y/o trans FTM
"Great source for facts. It was nice to hear science support that sexual orientation is not a choice."-27 y/o F MA student
"You really broke down the distinct differences between orientation and behavior - so helpful."-24 y/o F graduate student
"I found helpful the contrast of orientation versus behavior versus gender identity."-64 y/o F counselor
Very nice clarification about the differences between transgender and homosexuality. So concrete and helpful."-40 y/o F curriculum writer
"I really enjoyed the emphasis on sexual orientation vs. sexual behavior. I think that's something a lot of people assume are the same thing."-23 y/o F MFT trainee
 "I can use this information to educate others on the fact that homosexuality is not a choice. It has biological and genetic roots."-24 y/o F graduate student/counseling intern 

Comments (2)
  1. Reply Laurie Barak
    February 20, 2013 at 4:38 am

    I work for CareFusion, a medical device company headquartered in San Diego. I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Holt as a volunteer at the CESCal conference.

    Dr. Holt is very approachable and kind. His presentation was one of the most popular of the day’s sessions, as you can see from all the wonderful comments from those who attended it.

    Laurie Barak
    San Diego, CA

  2. Reply Patti Boman
    June 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I enjoyed listening to Dr. Holt’s presentation, as the mom of a wonderful young gay man I am also PFLAG SD co President and have tried to keep informed of everything LGBTQI related. The science involved in Dr. Holt’s presentation was extremely interesting and easy to understand. I wish I could have this presentation in it’s entirety (especially the genetics and birth order info) either in writing or video to be able to share and post on our PFLAG web site (and hopefully translate).
    Sorry I took so long to post about this but you were my favorite presenter at CESCAL!
    Thank you.
    Patti Boman

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