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LGBTQIA+ Terminology and the Law for Translators and Interpreters

September 7, 2023 / 11:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT

Join this webinar to expand your linguistic and cultural proficiency and contribute to your professional growth as a translator or interpreter in the ever-evolving landscape of LGBTQIA+ legal and health care matters.

Whether it’s in a court of law or a child custody, divorce, child support, or discrimination case, or in a health care setting (e.g., hormone replacement therapy, in vitro fertilization, or surgery), you’re going to encounter people from the LGBTQIA+ community in your personal and professional life. As professionals, we need to know the correct terminology to use in each of these areas, as well as in any other specialized area.

This webinar is designed for both translators and interpreters and will be presented primarily in English with some Spanish.

You will:

  1. Explore the significance and ever-growing emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the T&I industry and the ever-changing terminology in the LGBTQIA+ community.
  2. Gain a comprehensive understanding of LGBTQIA+ terminology so you can communicate inclusively and effectively across various legal and medical contexts and more.
  3. Develop cultural competence by learning the proper terminology to use in specialized areas to ensure respectful and accurate communication.
  4. Equip yourself with the knowledge needed to engage confidently with LGBTQIA+ individuals in both personal and professional spheres, thus enhancing your ability to provide high-quality translation and interpreting services.

About the Presenter

Vinka Valdivia is a California and federally certified Spanish interpreter with nearly 30 years of experience in the translation and interpreting industry. She has worked with a variety of clients, including the U.S. Department of State, state and federal courts, and a number of private agencies on topics as diverse as museum preservation, renewable energy, women entrepreneurs, and human trafficking. Her presentation on LGBT terminology and the law at a national conference for T&I professionals in 2017 has since spawned many other related presentations.

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September 7, 2023
11:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
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Presenter(s): Vinka Valdivia
Duration: 120 minutes
Presenting Language(s): English and Spanish
Level: All levels
ATA CEPs: 2.0

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