Activists and advocates to gather at Diversity Richmond this Saturday – come meet, greet, and grow your networks
Activists and community leaders will gather at Diversity Richmond this Saturday to open a dialgue and talk workshop ways to impact a number of areas the group believes need support.
Ranging from LGBTQ needs to those of formerly incarcerated individuals, the panel aims to find others interested in working towards several social justice goals.
Among the topics are subjects like:
LGBTQ Homelessness: 20-40 percent of youth experiencing homelessness self-identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ), which is disproportionate to the percentage of LGBTQ youth in the general youth population
The school to prison pipeline: the Office for Civil Rights has about 27 cases involving Virginia school divisions under investigation, specifically issues in Chesterfield county around arresting youth.
The treatment of LGBTQs currently incarcerated: correctional systems have so far failed to meet the needs of the trans people, who continue to suffer severe sexual assault, as well as psychological harm from consistent denial of medically necessary hormone treatment, gender-appropriate clothing and personal hygiene products
School bullying for sexual and gender minority students: lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) youth and those perceived as LGBT are at an increased risk of being bullied. There are important and unique considerations for strategies to prevent and address bullying of LGBT youth.
Understanding new identities within the sexual and gender spectrum: more LGBT people are choosing Queer as their term of identification…those who choose to identify in this way actually benefit from not choosing a specific label. Today the choice to not identify using a more specific label is a way for all who are different to bond together and create a movement of full acceptance within a society that wants to box them in
What role local police and their LGBTQ programs play in the community: A LGBT liaison is any individual employed by an organization or institution as a point of contact, serving as both a spokesperson for the organization to a local LGBT demographics as well as a representative of LGBT interests to the leaders of the organization. LGBT liaisons typically play an advisory role to organizations or government branches.
Central Virginia is blessed to have a vibrant LGBTQ community, strong community organizations and relationships with local and state governments, BUT
-does everyone feel included
-are local school systems being held accountable for LGBTQ equality for students, teachers AND parents
-what is the value of and what are additional needs from our police liaisons
-there are trans males in women’s prisons and vice-versa are we concerned?
Join activists and advocates this Saturday to meet, compare notes and strategize. The program begins at 1 pm, with about an hour for presentation and then up to 2 hours of networking and strategy.
Kandace Lucas – Student and Family Advocate-IEP’s
Bill Allman – works with incarcerated with a Quaker organization
Shan Davis – Legal Aid
Mickey Alexander – Southerners on New Ground
Jojo Robertson – Albermarle Stand for the Silent-Stomp out Bullying
Patricia Corbett – ROSMY
Roland Winston – Legislative Advocate
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