In this lecture, we will explore ways in which helping professionals can create welcome and affirming spaces in their community practice. We will examine current LGBTQ concepts and issues and develop an awareness of biases, and recognize heterosexual and cisgender privilege. All lectures in the Practice and Policy Lecture Series are sponsored by Oklahoma Department of Human Services and University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management. This yearlong series provides thought-provoking presentations by experts in their fields on Oklahoma’s emerging policy issues, trends and best practices. The lectures are free and open to the public.