Webinar Series

After the disappointment of having to cancel our spring 2020 LGBT law enforcement conference due to the CV-19 health emergency, we are excited to offer many of the scheduled topics and speakers in this exciting webinar series!  Best of all, we are making them available at no cost for currently employed members of law enforcement.

Creating An Inclusive Work Place For LGBTQ Employees
Friday, October 2, 2020 – 9AM to 1030AM PST – SOLD OUT!
Presented by Christy Mallory, J.D.
UCLA Williams Institute

This program will include a discussion of the 2013 and 2015 studies completed by UCLA’s Williams Institute on homophobia in law enforcement.  It will include best practices and recommendations for how law enforcement agencies can create an inclusive and welcoming workplace for LGBTQ employees.  You will also hear from San Jose Police Chief, Eddie Garcia, about the importance and value of having “out” LGBTQ law enforcement professionals within the rank and file.

Christy Mallory, J.D., is the Renberg Senior Scholar and the Legal Director at the Williams Institute. Her work focuses on state and local laws and policies that impact LGBT people, including sexual orientation and gender identity non-discrimination protections, laws barring the use of the gay and trans panic defenses, conversion therapy bans, anti-bullying policies, and others. Her work has been published in several media outlets, journals, and books including When Mandates Work (UC Press, 2013), the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, the LGBTQ Policy Journal at the Harvard Kennedy School, and the Albany Government Law Review. Christy also serves as the director of the Williams Institute’s annual moot court competition, the only national competition exclusively focused on LGBT law. Christy received her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Arizona.



Hate Crimes – The “Shepard Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act”
Friday, October 16, 2020 – 9AM to 1030AM PST – SOLD OUT!
Presented by Cynthia Deitle, J.D.
Matthew Shepard Foundation

This program will include a detailed look at federal hate crimes law found in the “Shepard-Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act” signed into law in 2009.  Local law enforcement agencies play a key role in detecting and documenting hate crimes and there are a variety of tools available in the federal law to support this work.  We will focus on the nuances of hate crimes impacting LGBTQ victims and the community.

Cynthia M. Deitle is the Matthew Shepard Foundation’s Director of Civil Rights Reform. She oversees our programmatic hate crimes work. Prior to joining the Matthew Shepard Foundation in 2017, Cynthia was a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for over 22 years specializing in the fields of civil rights, community outreach, and victims’ assistance.

After entering on duty with the FBI in 1995, she spent ten years in the New York Division. While there, Deitle served as the lead investigative agent for many high-profile police brutality investigations. Deitle also investigated a significant number of sensitive hate crimes cases.

In 2007, Deitle assumed a Supervisory Special Agent position in the Civil Rights Unit in FBI Headquarters. She was promoted to Civil Rights Unit Chief in 2008, where she was responsible for managing the FBI’s Hate Crimes, Color of Law, Human Trafficking and Abortion Extremism Programs on a national level. Serving as Unit Chief, she devoted considerable resources to address the FBI’s Cold Case Initiative which seeks to reexamine unsolved racially-motivated homicides from the Civil Rights Era. Following passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crime Prevention Act of 2009, Deitle collaborated with Dennis and Judy Shepard, The Department of Justice, the Anti-Defamation League, NAACP and other non-governmental agency stakeholders, to train state, local, and federal law enforcement officials to enforce this law. In 2011, Deitle transferred to the Boston Division to supervise the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Programs in Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. During her tenure in the FBI, Deitle provided meaningful assistance to the victims of the 9/11 tragedy and the Boston Marathon bombing to ensure that they were offered the services to which they were entitled.

Deitle received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University and her Juris Doctor degree from New England Law Boston. She earned a Master of Laws degree in Criminal Law from New York University School of Law and a Master of Laws degree in Constitutional Law from the George Washington University National Law Center. She has also published several law review articles dealing with the right to bear arms in the Second Amendment, and police officers’ use of excessive force. Deitle frequently lectures on all aspects of the FBI’s Civil Rights Program to audiences including law enforcement officials, non-governmental organizations, academia, and community service groups. She has granted interviews to the Washington Post, New York Times, The Boston Globe, National Public Radio and the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Law Enforcement LGBT Liaison Programs Panel Discussion – SOLD OUT!
Friday, October 30, 2020 – 9AM to 11AM PST
Facilitated by Brett Parson
D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (Retired)

One of the most effective ways of building a relationship grounded in trust between law enforcement and the LGBTQ community is by offering an LGBT Liaison program. These positions provide invaluable resources for a law enforcement agency of any size since every agency in every state serves LGBTQ people.  This webinar will offer the experience of working LGBT Liaison officers from around the country and will be facilitated by one of the very first such liaisons in the nation.

With more than 25 years’ experience in local, state, and federal law enforcement, Brett Parson is an internationally recognized leader who has championed award-winning innovations in multiple areas, from programs to improve police service to underserved communities and protect victims of domestic violence, to ensuring essential services to the families of officers injured and killed in the line of duty.

During his time with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), in Washington DC, Brett helped create ground breaking programs that are recognized as models for other departments across the country and around the world. Most notably, Brett led the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit (GLLU), which received the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Innovations in Government Award. He then worked with department leadership to expand that approach to form the Special Liaison Branch (SLB), whose mission is to improve police service to a wide range of underserved communities: African, Asian, deaf and hard of hearing, faith-based, Latino, and LGBTQ+.

Brett also helped develop and supervised a model program for helping the survivors of officers injured or killed in the line of duty that goes above and beyond prior such efforts. MPD’s Family Support Team (FST) responds any time an active-duty or retired sworn or civilian member of the department becomes critically injured or ill, or dies (both line-of-duty and non-duty related). After making a professional, respectful, and compassionate notification to the next-of-kin and other survivors (including co-workers), the FST is responsible for caring for the needs of the surviving family members for the rest of their lives. It is MPD’s way of fulfilling the promise, “We will never forget.”

Parson’s leadership roles have taken him across almost all aspects of MPD, working in vice, narcotics, gun recovery, alcohol-related crimes, bias-related (hate) crimes, domestic violence, violent crimes (sexual abuse and homicides), and supervising the city’s elite Narcotics Strike Force. Battling domestic/intimate partner violence, however, has become a specialty.

These webinars are being offered at no cost to currently employed (paid or volunteer) members of law enforcement.  The webinars will be broadcast using Zoom.  You must have a computer or mobile device with good Internet access to access the sessions.

To register, you must simply complete the registration form using the link below and provide a government issued email address.  Once registered, you will receive an email notification approximately one week before the webinar with information about the Zoom address. Registration for each webinar is limited to 80 participants.  Seats will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Law Enforcement’s History With The LGBT Community
Friday, November 13, 2020 – 9AM to 10AM PST
Presented by Dr. Eric Cervini
LGBT Historian And Author Of “A Deviant’s War”

If you are an academy and in-service instructor responsible for LGBT awareness training, this webinar is one you can’t miss.  Law Enforcement’s history with the LGBT community has been difficult for almost all of the 20th century.  From the early years of enforcement of public decency, morality, and censorship laws to the hunting of gay people during the lavender scare of the 1950’s and 60’s, LGBTQ+ people have learned to fear the police.  And then there were all the riots; Compton’s Cafeteria, Stonewall, and the “white night riots” just to name a few. Dr. Cervini researched all of these events extensively for his book.  

Dr. Eric Cervini is an award-winning historian of LGBTQ+ politics and culture. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Scholar. As an authority on 1960s gay activism, Cervini serves as a Director of the Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus and on the Board of Advisors of the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C., a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of gay American history. His award-winning digital exhibitions have been featured in Harvard’s Rudenstine Gallery, and he has presented his research to audiences across America and the United Kingdom.




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