Interpreting for Gender and Sexual Minorities

Interpreting for Gender and Sexual Minorities

LGBTQ immigrants often face unique challenges due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.  They face violence, inequality, torture, even execution because of who they love, how they look, or who they are. Some flee persecution in their home countries or have experienced discrimination and trauma in the United States.

 

It is important that LGBTQ individuals who are not fluent in the English language, have access to an interpreter. Those that identify as LGBTQ, navigate on a daily basis structures of exclusion that arise in all types of encounters. Having access to meaningful communication allows LGBTQ individuals to receive proper medical care and access to services.

 

In this module students will learn both the appropriate and inappropriate LGBTQ terminology.  We will discuss the correct use of pronouns and the importance of creating an inclusive environment.  We will also look at how to apply ethical standards to challenging situations.