Keynote Speaker: Keith Boykin
Keith Boykin is a CNN political commentator, New York Times best-selling author, and a former White House aide to President Bill Clinton. His upcoming book, Race Against Time: The Politics of a Darkening America (Bold Type Books, September 2021), examines the raging conflict between America's emerging black and brown population and its dwindling white majority.
A graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School, Keith has taught at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University in New York and at American University in Washington, D.C. He is a co-founder and first board president of the National Black Justice Coalition and a Lambda Literary Award-winning author of four books.
Keith was a co-host of the BET Networks talk show “My Two Cents,” starred on the Showtime reality television series “American Candidate,” worked as an associate producer of the film “Dirty Laundry,” and has appeared on numerous TV shows, including BET’s “Being Mary Jane.” Born in St. Louis, Keith has lived in 12 cities, visited 48 of the 50 United States, and traveled the world. He lives in New York City.
Dr. Chris Friday
WORKSHOP TITLE: "IN, OUT, AND ABOUT THERE AND THEN": FINDING AND MAKING SPACE IN MID-CENTURY RURAL PACIFIC NORTHWEST
The presenter will offer materials garnered from William (Bill) R. Friday's experiences about growing up, coming of age, and coming out in the rural Pacific Northwest between the late 1940s and the early1970s. Bill Friday grew up in a working-class, rural family and emerged as an artist in his mid-teens, earning college scholarships to attend university. His art increasingly allowed him to openly express his sexuality and gave him opportunities to find safe spaces to express himself in an era and environment hostile to all but overtly cis-gendered individuals. His seasonal work for the Forest Service in the 1960sand 1970s simultaneously meant more freedom and greater repression relative to his sexuality. His art and personal memoir help reveal how he and others found and made space at that time in rural areas and small towns.
Dr. Jennifer Berney
WORKSHOP TITLE: QUEER REPRODUCTION: A PERSONAL AND HISTORIC LOOK
Author and teacher Jennifer Berney will look at queer approaches to building families, past and present. She will discuss the community DIY approach to conceiving children which has roots in queer communities in the 1980s and 90s when lesbians often teamed up with straight allies and gay men to conceive children on their own terms. Jennifer will contrast this to the clinical approach, which often requires queer people to interact with industries and models designed to serve straight people. As a group, we will explore our visions and dreams for what family can mean to us.
Dr. Kamara Taylor
WORKSHOP TITLE: UNMASKED
This workshop will examine the complex issue of homosexuality and religion and how the impact continues to cause a disparity for minorities due to isolation and implications and further discrimination within the community. This workshop will also look at how the intersection causes an internal conflict and ways of coping with the impact of trauma. This workshop although a very serious topic will utilize creativity and humor and analytical insight to provide engaging knowledge and conversation to begin to become comfortable with conversations that makes us uncomfortable.
Maisha Banks Manson
WORKSHOP TITLE: LIBERATION PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE
LGBTQ liberation is a movement that is with a long standing legacy with creating great strides for the future. This training will give a brief history of LGBTQ social movements, putting in context the liberation struggles of today, and outline steps for future movements. Contextualizing historical actions with the social movements of today, participants will be led through the ways that LGBTQ liberation has and will continue to affect and achieve social change.