EqualityCon 2016 Agenda

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FRIDAY, May 13
Check-in opens at 3:00PM. Program runs 3:30 – 6:00PM

LGBT Equality at the Federal Level
With Special Guests: Kyle Palazzolo, Staff and HIV Project Attorney, Lambda Legal; Julianne Bowman, District Director, EEOC; Michael Thomas, District Director, Department of Labor

Keynote Speaker: U.S. Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, chief House sponsor of the Equality Act

Friday Night Happy Hour: Vintage Lounge (1449 W Taylor St, Chicago)

Check-in opens at 8:00AM. Program runs 9:00AM to 5:00PM, including lunch.

State of the State Panel
With Special Guests: Sen. Daniel Biss, Emily Miller (Voices for Children Illinois), Kyle Hillman (National Association of Social Workers), and an advocate from Parents of Transgender Individuals. Moderator: Mike Ziri

Racial Justice Panel
Kim Hunt, Pride Action Tank/AIDS Foundation of Chicago (Moderator); Erik Glenn, Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus; Joy Messinger, Third Wave Fund; Keron Blair, The Alliance to Reclaim our Schools; Julio Rodriquez, Association of Latino/as Motivating Action

Breaking Down Barriers for the LGBT Community in Faith Traditions
Rev. Rachelle Brown, Carr Harkrader (Interfaith Youth Core), with additional guest speakers

Gender Diversity and Engaging Youth
Jennifer Leininger (Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago)

Advocacy at Work
Lee Andel Dewey (North Side Community Federal Credit Union)

Growing Your Family: Adoption and Foster Care for LGBT Families and Individuals
Lydia Karjaka and Kate Englund (Center for Law and Social Work)

Southern Illinois: Portrait of the Rural LGBTQ Youth
Emery Johnson-Mile (Rainbow Café), Chip Loghry (Rainbow Café), Jaci South (Rainbow Café)

Senior LGBT Issues by LGBT Seniors
Tim Schannep, Marti Smith, Natalie Kenvin, and Michael Jackson

Labor, Equality, and Political Action
Zach Koutsky (UFCW Local 881), Ram Villivalam (SEIU HCII), and additional guests

Project Elevate: Lowering HIV and STI Rates in the LGBT Community
Alan D. Johnson, MPH (AIDS Foundation of Chicago), Jim Pickett (AIDS Foundation of Chicago)

Closing Keynote Speaker: Nikki Nigl who is a supporter of Equality Illinois and a qualified public speaking instructor, accountability coach, relationship guru, women’s empowHERment coach, life manager, weight-loss coach, and overall cheerleader. Learn more about her here at http://www.nikkinigl.com

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