Reflections on Anti-LGBTQ Bias: Michael Eselun

In this moving testimony, Michael Eselun shares his own journey with anti-LGBTQ bias that begins in childhood and continues today. Through the power of narrative, participants explore the connection between sexism and anti-LGBTQ bias, understand the power of words and images in perpetuating oppression, and recognize the small but powerful ways LGBTQ+ allies can act to combat homophobia. Michael will join the session live and with the help of a facilitator, answer your questions in a Q&A.

Related resources:
Let’s Talk! Discussing Gender in the Classroom Webinar by Teaching Tolerance
Blow the Whistle on Name-Calling Lesson Plan by GLSEN

Upcoming Open Enrollment Session Dates:

  • May 14, 2020 at 1:00 PM (2 hours) REGISTER

  • May 21, 2020 at 1:00 PM (2 hours) REGISTER

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More on Michael Eselun

Michael Eselun has been an active educator and activist, addressing anti-LGBTQ bias for well over 30 years. He has addressed countless groups of students, educators, corporate managers, and law enforcement leaders at the Museum as an integral part of our Tools for Tolerance program over the last 20+ years. Michael is also a certified chaplain and serves as the chaplain for the Simms-Mann/UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology. A two-time TED-X speaker, Michael is highly regarded as an inspirational keynote speaker, speaking extensively to doctors, nurses, social workers, patient populations and faith communities across the country about his work. He weaves stories with insight, vulnerability and humor to wrap around the larger questions of life, mortality and meaning. Michael sees both pursuits as closely related in that both fields have to do with creating safe spaces for people to fully tell their truths—to “come out” and be received with respect. Michael was recently inducted into the UCLA-Semel Institute Eudaimonia Society, in recognition of having lived a meaning-driven life. Find out more at