Tri-Angle Consulting LGBT Principal
Donald Cavanaugh is a trainer, a workshop facilitator, a free lance writer, and an advocate for human rights and civil equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and two spirit (LGBT or just "gay") human beings who are denied civil equality and basic human rights to varying degrees in a number of countries, including the United States of America.
For the past fifteen years, Cavanaugh has worked with a number of groups involved in educating people in how to create more welcoming environments for their LGBT employees and clients from all walks of life including local and national conferences
journalist with various LGBT publications and employment with, and consulting services for a range of programs that included sensitivity training for over 5,000 people in the three South Florida Counties.
With over 25 years in marketing, more than twelve years as a journalist and more than ten years developing and facilitating workshops to help organizations and companies understand the issues faced by gay children, students, employees, clients and members of the general public in their communities, Cavanaugh is well equipped to help you make your environment safer and more welcoming for all people.
It started when I was 7 years old...
A second grade classmate called me a "f----ing faggot" and I had the temerity (or foolhardiness) to ask my Irish Catholic father what that meant. Needless to say, I found out in no uncertain terms and, as I like to explain to my workshop attendees, "I still haven't gotten it all straightened out."
I had realized I was different from other boys by the time I was 4. My parents said they "knew something was wrong" when I was 3. In the work I do I encounter many parents and youth who have had similar experiences so perhaps it demonstrates that gay awareness and bullying can certainly start in elementary school, and since I'm over 60 and still haven't "outgrown it," it's an incredibly long "phase."
The bullying that started in second grade followed me through elementary and secondary schools, through my college years and into the workforce. Name calling, physical and verbal harassment don't always stop when you graduate from high school or even college. In fact I have experienced it in ("gay friendly") Lake Worth in 2010 and 2011. It may get better but it doesn't necessarily go away. This is why training on these issues is so important for human resources and personnel in non-profit and for-profit organizations alike.
Need to help sensitize management, staff, or membership or clients? We approach the issues faced by LGBT youth and adults from an open and non-judgmental perspective and offer recommendations that can help make your environment more welcoming for all.