KUP — Frequently Asked Questions

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WHAT IS A KNOW US PROJECT (KUP)™ TRAINING?

  • KUP conversations are about telling personal stories about what it has been like to experience discrimination, bias, prejudice, or even hate crimes.
  • KUP training is designed for LGBT people and allies to learn five skills for effectively telling their stories of stigma and discrimination to others, including how to anticipate and manage possible emotional responses they may experience when talking about painful and traumatic events.
  • The purpose of having a KUP conversation is to positively influence public opinion and public policy for LGBT people.
  • KUP training generally lasts about three hours
  • KUP trainings can be sponsored by many types of organizations ranging from LGBT advocacy groups to houses of worship, professional organizations, or community groups.
  • As part of their training, KUP participants are encouraged to determine whether they feel ready to have these conversations by evaluating personal risks and rewards. There is no requirement to have a KUP conversation following KUP training.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING IN A KUP TRAINING

  • Participants in KUP training understand they can become “agents of change” to positively influence the future.
  • KUP training is offered in a supportive and positive environment that provides the opportunity to learn and practice effective KUP conversations, using the “Five KUP conversation skills.”
  • Participants use their own personal experiences with discrimination to create a KUP conversation action plan.
  • KUP is designed for LGBT people, their allies, and those interested in social justice.
  • Each participant receives a Participant Guide to KUP Conversations to help them practice and deliver KUP conversations.
  • KUP training is offered at no cost to participants.

HOW IS A KUP TRAINING DIFFERENT FROM OTHER STORY-TELLING PROGRAMS?

  • KUP is facilitated by experienced mental health professionals who can help participants deal with possible negative feelings that might surface from recalling and telling their stories.
  • Social science research serves as the foundation of the training.
  • About one-half of the training time is devoted to interactive training. Confidentiality is stressed.

As part of their training, KUP participants are encouraged to determine whether they feel ready to have these conversations by evaluating personal risks and rewards. There is no requirement to have a KUP conversation following KUP training.