LGBTQ Leaders from Across the Nation Strategize for What’s Next

Equality Federation recently conducted two successful regional summits and a strategy session in Connecticut, and I am so excited to tell you about them. First, our West by Midwest Leadership Summit drew 20 leaders from 9 states throughout the Midwest, from Equality Ohio to Equality Illinois. 

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Attendees at our West by Midwest Leadership Summit represented the most diverse array of roles at the convening yet, volunteers, development directors, organizers, executive directors, program folks, and more, which made for a robust exchange of learning. We highlighted innovative programs to share best practices, such as Out Front’s violence prevention work and North Dakota’s upcoming work to build relationships with indigenous communities. Additionally, we reviewed election outcomes and planned for the upcoming legislative sessions.

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This year, for the first time, we partnered with GLAD to convene a New England area gathering of LGBTQ advocates, both our members and non-members. This gathering had 36 leaders from all 6 states in the region. We are excited to report that three New England states are working to create LGBTQ advocacy organizations and were able to benefit from connecting with leaders from established groups. Additionally, a number of youth-focused organizations shared ways they are supporting queer young people through fighting issues such as police brutality and homelessness.

The day after the convening, we facilitated a state-wide conversation regarding next steps for the budding group in Connecticut!

These summits harness the knowledge and power of the LGBTQ community and generate new ideas for the resistance.

We’re building a stronger, more strategic movement, and we need your support to push us into 2019 with vigor because Trump and his allies are not letting up.

There can be progress regardless of which party is in power. I don’t want party to be an excuse for inaction.

Ronald More

Equality Michigan

Being in person with other leaders doing this work is tremendously powerful, being able to dive deep into conversations with peers is powerful.

Gwen Stembridge

Equality Ohio

This West by MidWest Summit is my first direct experience with Equality Federation. This conference has been invaluable because it’s provided me with networking and support with my peers and I look forward to continuing these relationships and knowledge base.

Betsy Fischer

Equality Ohio

Equality Federation has been super helpful for us as we get back into electoral work, and helping us really make an impact in that realm. Having access to and support with the voter outreach tools is amazing. And in general, being able to connect to other Equality organizations in other states is very helpful… idea sharing and and community building – we can all face our challenges together!”

Erica Barz

One Iowa

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