Day two of HRC Foundation’s fourth annual Time to THRIVE Conference wrapped on Saturday after a day full of featured speakers, breakout workshops and panels and a screening of Gender Revolution, a documentary that explores deeply personal stories, as well as the scientific, cultural and historical understanding of gender.
In its fourth year, the premier event addresses safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ youth, and brings together youth-serving professionals to discuss best practices for working with and caring for LGBTQ youth and their families in schools, community centers, healthcare settings, and beyond. The annual event is held in partnership with the American Counseling Association and the National Education Association, with AT&T and Toyota as presenting sponsors.
During the morning plenary, attendees heard from Dr. Eliza Byard, Executive Director of GLSEN; Dr. Kathleen Ethier of the CDC; HRC Foundation's Welcoming Schools Director Johanna Eager; Erin O’Flaherty, the first openly lesbian contestant to compete at Miss America and suicide prevention advocate; and HRC Youth Ambassadors Justin Jones, Val Weisler, Tyler Eilts, Zachary Mallory, Roddy Biggs and Alex Cooper.
The Time to THRIVE contingent spent the remainder of the morning in breakout workshops and training sessions.
The lunch plenary featured speakers including Scott Sapperstein, AT&T Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs; Nayeff Hrebid and Btoo Al Lami, whose inspiring Logo TV documentary Out of Iraq won a Daytime Emmy award; and HRC Youth Ambassadors Paolo Veloso, Justin Jones, Tyler Yun, Javier Cifuentes Monzón and Adriana Ibanez.
Additionally, Charles Blow, op-ed columnist at the New York Times and CNN commentator, sat down with HRC Senior Program Specialist for HIV Prevention and Health Equity Noël Gordon to discuss the intersectionality of racial prejudice and the LGBTQ community, bisexual erasure and the roles faith and family play in shaping our identities.
Following afternoon breakout workshops, the evening concluded with a screening of the National Geographic documentary Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric.
Time to THRIVE is the premier national convening of educators and youth-serving professionals to build awareness and cultural competency, learn current and emerging best practices and gather resources from leading experts and national organizations in the field. Time to THRIVE takes place April 28-30, 2017 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.