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Summit Speaker: Beltrán

Beltrán is a queer and body-positive journalist, activist, communicator, speaker, and activist.

His main goal is to spread awareness to a larger audience in hopes of making the world a more equal space for all. He does so by focusing on issues that concern the communities in which he belongs.

He will be speaking on the Pride and Joy Summit's Influencer day, his talk is entitled “Media is (not) a Mirror". Beltrán will be speaking about the lack of representation of body and sexual diversity in social media and image-based industries and its negative impact on mental health. His presentation will be given in Spanish with an English caption.

 

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Summit Speaker: Isabella Armour

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Isabella Armour (she/they) is a Digital Marketing Specialist who serves LGBTQ+ owned and inclusive small businesses.

They focus on normalizing queerness within digital spaces, like Pinterest and Instagram and they push to make the online business world a place that is human-first and trauma-aware.

She is speaking on the Coming Out Early in Life track at the Allyship, Communication, and Boundaries Panel about "Supporting your Fellow Queer People".

 

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Summit Speaker: Court and Lex

With over 20 million views to date, Court and Lex continue to stand up for members of the LGBTQ+ community as well as people of color. They use their platform to make people laugh and to be their authentic selves unapologetically.

Court and Lex now have over 100K followers on Instagram and over 400K followers on TikTok with an amazingly loyal fan base. They have a very unique look with even more unique personalities that shine through to their fans.

Not only are they influencers, but they are the parents of three beautiful children. In addition to that, Court and Lex model for clothing brands, act, direct, and even dabble in the music industry. Court and Lex are the up-and-coming poster family of the LGBTQ+ community.

Court and Lex will be speaking on Influencer Day at the Social Media Best Practices Panel Discussion and on Family Day, under the Queer Adulting track; their talk is entitled The Journey.

 

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Summit Speaker: Samantha Hernandez

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Samantha (she/her) is a lesbian money coach. She founded The Money Institute to educate the queer community on how being gay affects their finances.

She has several coaching programs dedicated to empowering the queer community to eliminate debt, save thousands and live their best life.

Sam is speaking in the Coming Out Early In Life track on How Being Gay Impacts Your Finances - And the Real Cost of an Apartment.

 

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Summit Speaker: Hannah Lee Kidder

Hannah Lee Kidder is a contemporary and fantasy author. She grew up in rural Louisiana, which inspired a dabble in escapism via make-believe worlds where gay kids have a good time.

Hannah is also a content creator, writing coach, and consultant. Her real-life escapism brought her somewhere in the Colorado mountains where she lives with her roommate, Saya, who is a dog.

She will be speaking on Influencer Day, for the Getting Published Panel Discussion of the Pride and Joy Summit.

 

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Summit Speaker: Jenna Slaughter

Jenna Slaughter is a breaker of rules, a trauma-informed Self-Love Coach, and host of The Unlearning Podcast.

They help their clients unlearn limiting beliefs, release the emotional baggage and go their own way-- in both life and business.

Jenna will be speaking in the Coming Out Early in Life Track of the Pride and Joy Summit. Their talk is about Conquering Loss and Uncertainty with Vulnerability and Imperfect Action.

 

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Summit Speaker: Jo-Marie Einish

Jo-Marie Einish is a Cree-Naskapi of Northern Quebec, Canada.

 They are two-spirit and their pronouns are They/Them/Theirs. They study Political Science at Concordia University while also studying part-time at Harvard, remotely.

 Subject to intergenerational trauma and colonial tactics of western society, Jo-Marie is passionate about decolonization and creating a space for First Nations people in the economic/social/political stream. They are passionate about human rights, and the wellbeing of all youth.

Jo-Marie is speaking in the Gender Identity Track of the Pride and Joy Summit. Their talk is entitled How Non-Indigenous Persons can be Allies with Respects to Indigenous Gender Identity.

 

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Fire Sphere Media on Different Insights about LGBTQIA Prejudice

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 At Fire Sphere Media, we believe that although the world has progressed further than most of us thought we would ever have a chance to see in our lifetimes, there is still a very long way to go. Racial and religious equality, LGBTQIA diversity, and a better understanding of disabilities and mental illness are all important aspects of life that we want to normalize in the work that we do.

 

Our hope is that everyone in the world who has ever felt like an outcast will feel like they are loved and accepted when they read our books or work with us. The primary focus of our work is to show the world that it is our character that defines us, not our gender, orientation, religion, or race. When you experience our work, you will realize that you are never truly alone.

 

Kara Ballenger is a graphic designer and illustrator who puts a special emphasis on depicting characters from marginalized groups. Kara has chosen to predominantly work as a freelance artist and at a lower...

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Inclusive Leadership Starts from the Top Down

LGBTQ+ inclusion starts from the top down. 

Whether your organization is just getting started or has been making strides for a while, we encourage you to stop and assess regularly, as a leader, as a coworker, and as a human being.

 If you and/or your organization is ready to begin the journey to formulating more inclusive policies and work environments, we invite you to take our short, five-question Ally Quiz

This quiz takes less than 10 minutes and is an excellent means of touching base with yourself and your organization’s standing.

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A Workshop That Saves Young LGBTQ+ Lives

A 90-Minute Workshop That Saves Young LGBTQ+ Lives

COVID-19 has had a profound impact on mental health in the United States. Although the last year has been a shared trauma, the data shows that these times have been especially detrimental for young adults. 

According to the CDC, young adults experienced an almost 15% increase in suicidal ideation during 2020. 

 

The data and events of the last year have made it clear that it’s more important than ever to equip our youth with suicide prevention tactics and skills to intervene when it’s needed most.  While suicide lifelines are helpful, people are more likely to reach out to their peers before they ask a stranger for help.

As part of our mission to reduce the rate of suicide in the LGBTQ+ community, the Pride and Joy Foundation regularly holds Ask. Listen. Plan. (ALP) workshops for college-aged individuals. These workshops are geared toward all young adults and provide tools, resources, and tactics...

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