For more information about the event, please visit our website, at teachinforequality.net.
The cost for the event is $10, but waivers are available if you are not able to pay. For more information on how to obtain a waiver, please see the registration page of our website.
Breakfast with History: OPTIONAL event! Please remember, if you wish to attend the Breakfast and the Teach-in, you must purchase tickets to both! The Breakfast ticket does not include admission to the main event. More information available on our website.
Throughout the ages, gay and lesbian people of every race and ancestry have had their histories stolen from them by homophobia. While other children read, in their history books, about great American heroes, gay and lesbian youth are denied the pride and comfort of being seen as a part of a community.
We want everyone to understand that many of those great heroes you read about in your history books were, in fact, your gay and lesbian ancestors. While most of us do not have family members who are gay or lesbian, we all nonetheless have a shared history; a community that transcends age, race, creed, or nationality. It's time everyone had a chance to learn about that.
On May 9th, some of the greatest heroes of our generation will be assembling in West Hollywood to teach our community about that shared history. Those heroes, scholars, and public figures will weave together the strands of time from the last 75 years to create a tapestry. You will be armed with the pride, and comfort of knowing that this community has contributed some of the greatest accomplishments of the last century.
Our list of speakers includes the following visionaries, academics, and celebrities:
- Walter L. Williams: professor at USC, specializing in GLBT history;
- Cleve Jones: friend and advisor to Harvey Milk (portrayed by Emile Hirsch in Milk), founder of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt;
- Torie Osborn: former Executive Director of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force;
- Jennifer C. Pizer: Senior Counsel and Marriage Project Director for Lambda Legal;
- Sheila Kuehl: first gay or lesbian person elected to the state assembly of California;
- Waiyde Palmer: former West coast organizer of ACT UP!;
- John A. Pérez: assemblymember of the 49th district of California, in Los Angeles;
- Marc Solomon: former Executive Director of Mass Equality, Marriage Equality Director of Equality California;
- Surina Khan: Vice President of Programs for the Women’s Foundation of California, former executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission;
- Roland Palencia: HONOR PAC Advisory Board Member and former Chief of Operations and Vice President, AIDS Healthcare Foundation;
- Paul Colichman: Head of Regent Entertainment, which includes the Advocate, OUT, Here! TV, and Regent Films;
- Talia Mae Bettcher: Director of the Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities at California State University in Los Angeles, author;
- Jacob Hale: professor in the Department of Philosophy at California State University, Northridge;
- Rick Jacobs: founder the Courage Campaign, former Senior Advisor to Democracy for America, co-founder of Brave New Films, a director of the Liberty Hill Foundation;
- Chris Freeman: lecturer at University of Southern California in 20th century gay and lesbian studies, author;
- Julius Nam: associate professor of religion at Loma Linda University School of Religion in California, commissioned minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Break-out sessions include:
- “The History of Direct Action in the LGBT Movement”
- “We are wired, but are we connected?”
- “The Impact of HIV/AIDS in the LGBT Community”
- “The Relationship of Religion and the LGBT Community”
- “LGBT People in America’s Military Forces”
- “Marriage Equality and Legal Rights of LGBT People in the U.S.”
- “Homophobia of the Right Wing”
- “LGBT People in U.S. Politics”
- "Transgender and transphobia in the U.S."
Register now to secure your spot!
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The Equality Network is a nonprofit, grassroots advocacy organization that is committed to building a movement for non-violent action to achieve social and political justice and equality for gay, lesbian, transgendered, and bisexual people.
We are committed to:
- Building a grassroots movement;
- Building coalitions;
- Building infrastructure;
- Ushering new activists into the grassroots movement.