Celebrating Pride: Lessons in Building Inclusive Communities
In June 2019, we celebrate LGBTI Pride month by showcasing outstanding examples of diverse, inclusive communities. Pride movements across the globe have made tremendous progress over the past 30 years. Many communities have discovered the benefits of recognizing individuals’ LGBTI status as an inherent aspect of one’s identity. Diversity is strength - and this month our virtual program provides guidance on how the power of community organizing in support of LGBTI human rights can support the freedoms and aspirations of diverse communities everywhere. Join us for a global interactive virtual event where we’ll focus on how Pride movements can work better together and support each others’ activities. We’ll take viewers’ questions and respond live on air with our panel of expert speakers.
Anchor & Reporter, NBC Washington
Meagan Fitzgerald is both a reporter and weekend anchor at NBC4 in Washington DC. She has received the Colorado Black Journalists Association’s award for Best Broadcast Journalist of the Year. Her career in journalism started in Monroe, Louisiana, where she exposed corruption in the city’s engineering office.
Development Specialist, Power California
Khalil Edwards has spent much of his career focused on social change. Currently, with Power California, he works to build power among young people of color, center young people of color to lead systems of government at all levels, and ensure that voters mirror the rich diversity of California. His work focuses on ensuring resources for the movement.
Chairman Emeritus, Capital Pride Festival
Jami Vallesteros chairs the Capital Pride Festival (DC) for the Capital Pride Alliance. He has moved through the ranks as a volunteer with the Alliance. He consults on management issues at Xgility, an IT company. Previously, he worked at Meridian Imaging Solutions and Politico.
Filmmaker and Advocate
Dr. Bev Ditsie is a human rights advocate, filmmaker, and LGBTI inclusion activist from Johannesburg, South Africa. She is an accomplished filmmaker and television director and has worked on education shows, music videos, and reality television shows. Independently, she has also written, directed, produced and consulted on over 20 socio political and human rights documentaries, screened both national and internationally, many of which have been award winning productions.
Feminist, Gender, Human Rights and Communications Activist
Linda Magano Bauman is a Feminist, Human Rights and Communications Activist who specialises in the human rights of Women, Girls and LGBTI people. She is currently the Strategic Advocacy Coordinator of the Namibia Diverse Women’s Association (NDWA)- an organisation that advocates for the rights and the bodily autonomy of Women, Girls and Trans Diverse persons in Namibia.
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