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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

coming out finances gay summit May 10, 2021

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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What Do You Mean You Don’t Believe in Gender?

What Do You Mean You Don’t Believe in Gender?

If you’ve visited my website you may have noticed that I am a transgender man who doesn’t believe in gender. How can I say that I am a transgender man and at the same time have the opinion that gender isn’t a real thing? Hmmm, that’s an excellent question and perhaps by the end of this post, I will have clarification not only for you but for myself.

You see the thing is, I have this knowing and it is strong and undeniable. I am a man. But what does that even mean? I think for me it means that I know without a shadow of a doubt that I should have been born with a penis. I wasn’t though, which is why I am transgender. Because I was born without a penis, the doctors took a look at me and said “it’s a girl”. Imagine making such a ridiculous mistake. Of course, it wasn’t ridiculous on the part of the doctor because our society says no penis=girl and penis=boy.

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Parenting Your Non-Binary Child

Alex is 14, and six months ago, they told their parents that they are bisexual and non-binary. Alex came out in the greatest way, setting up a scavenger hunt for their parents, which ended in their closet (of course) where the bisexual pride flag was hanging. Alex’s parents were so happy that they felt confident enough to come out, and especially that Alex was trusting them with this vulnerable information. Alex’s parents gave them a huge hug and said “we love you no matter what.”

  

But now it’s six months later. Alex and their parents haven’t spoken about it much since. Alex feels awkward bringing it up again, but they’re really not sure who else to talk with about what they’re experiencing. They’ve asked their teachers to use they/them pronouns and some were good about it. They got a lecture from their English teacher and that didn’t feel great. But Alex wasn’t sure their parents would want to hear about...

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