Pride Month and LGBT History Month: Celebrate Diversity and Joy with Our LGBTQ+ Speakers
June is Pride Month, and October is LGBT History Month—two occasions that offer us the chance to take inspiration from the immense contributions and achievements of the LGBTQ+ community. Lavin is proud to represent an incredible roster of LGBTQ+ speakers, who both speak out against oppression and celebrate queer joy.
George M. Johnson says true freedom comes from imagination. As the New York Times bestselling author of All Boys Aren’t Blue, their memoir of growing up Black and queer, as well as one of the 2022 TIME100 Next, George shows us how our imagination helps us resist oppression and fight for a hopeful future. “As long as I can continue to imagine a future greater than this one,” George says, “you can't take my joy from me.”
Gabby Rivera is a queer writer on a mission to create the wildest, most fun stories ever. With her solo comic series about America Chavez, a queer Latina superhero, Gabby became the first Latina ever to write for Marvel Comics. Her story of embracing her identity inspires us to transform our differences into sources of strength, resilience, and joy.
James Kirchick is the instant New York Times bestselling author of Secret City, a sweeping history of the gay powerbrokers and politicians in 20th century Washington, D.C. James tells the story of the unsung heroes who fought tirelessly to create a world where no one has to hide, and shows that it’s in our power as ordinary citizens to make real social change.
Award-winning toy designer Cas Holman uses her queer identity to design outside the mainstream. She shows how valuing our different perspectives makes us more creative and curious, and encourages LGBTQ people to lean into their difference. “Your perspective as an outsider is an asset,” she says. “Be confident in the value of the creative work you’ve done just to be who you are.”
You can reduce prejudice with a single conversation. Dave Fleischer can show you how. He’s the pioneer behind “deep canvassing,” an empirically proven method where one 10-minute conversation reduces prejudice in a long-lasting way. He’s used it to help voters become more accepting of gay and trans people, and he can show you how to change minds, wherever you are.