Beyond Binary: LGBTQ Basics and More

Beyond Binary is a training on sex, gender, sexual orientation, and LGBTQ concepts for businesses, non-profits, schools, government agencies, and other organizations in Boulder County available in both English and Spanish. This training is offered by Out Boulder County and conducted by our Education & Program Manager, Michal Duffy (they/them).

Michal discusses the difference and relationship between sex assigned at birth, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation. They also cover appropriate language, pronouns, effective allyship in both professional and personal settings, and answer those questions you've been afraid or unsure how to ask. This session will prepare your business, school, or nonprofit to serve transgender clients/patrons, support transgender employees, and be up to date on providing services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer people.


Michal aims to foster a low-pressure, comfortable setting that encourages dialogue and deeper understanding. Michal adjusts the content to meet the needs and environment of each training and shares take-home resources so you get the most relevant and helpful information. 

Need something specialized? We can tailor the session to meet your needs. Reach out to Michal for additional details, pricing, and scheduling:   

To learn more about our trainings or to schedule a training yourself, click here.

“Thank you again for the incredible session you gave yesterday. We have gotten really positive feedback about it... What I think was most impactful about your presentation was your ability to weave humor and matter-of-factness into the presentation, making the information digestible and approachable. So thank you again!”

Our LGBTQ 101 training is available in English & Spanish!  ¡Nuestro entrenamiento está disponible en inglés o español!

Out Boulder County realiza entrenamientos sobre algunos asuntos de la comunidad LGBTQ: lesbiana, gay, bisexual, transgénero, y queer. Nuestro entrenamiento incluye lenguaje apropiado para género y sexualidad, información de las identidades transgénero, lesbiana, gai, bisexual, género fluido y más, e ideas de cómo ser un aliado a los clientes/compadres de trabajo que son LGBTQ.

Para aprender más de nuestros entrenamientos o para hacer una cita para un entrenamiento, envíe un correo electrónico a Michal:


All trainings are conducted by our Education and Program Manager, Michal Duffy.

Michal first started organizing in the queer community during college as the VP of Education for the gay student group and co-founder of a trans oriented organization dedicated to deconstructing the gender binary through education, activism, and awareness-raising in the mountains of western North Carolina. With a background in Spanish and Philosophy and a Masters in Appropriate Technology and Environmental Design, they have worked for different community-focused organizations on sustainable food systems, waste reduction, and project development in North Carolina, Vermont, and now Colorado.

Michal is queer and proud and dedicated to fostering safe spaces for people to learn and engage about gender and sexuality. It’s important to Michal to be a part of the conversation and movement around queer, trans, and LGBIA+ issues, to explore our intersectionalities within and around our communities, and to learn and teach all along the way.  If you are interested in hosting a training with Out Boulder at your workplace or school, please contact Michal so we can make arrangements, raise awareness, and bring queer visibility front and center. They can be reached at or 303-499-5777.