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Celebs to Converge on Las Vegas for HRC’s Conference for Youth-Serving Professionals

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Join Chelsea Clinton, Betty DeGeneres, and many more for HRC's inaugural Time to THRIVE conference to promote safety, inclusion, and well-being for LGBTQ youth. From ESPN Columnist LZ Granderson to rights activist Dolores Huerta, the weekend's bright line-up of special guests will come together to share their stories and share their wisdom about youth involvement. promises a will join youth-serving professional from across the country to share develop the skills necessary to promote LGBTQ youth well-being.

Teachers, mental health professionals, pediatricians, religious leaders, and others that are passionate about LGBTQ youth rights will have the opportunity to build awareness of youth issues, gather resources from professionals, and develop skills to combat bullying.

Make sure to register online before it’s too late.


Chelsea Clinton

As Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, Chelsea Clinton works to ensure that all people have access to education, healthcare, and other opportunities for success. She works with the Clinton Global Initiative University to empower young activists and inspire young leaders to make change.


Betty DeGeneres

Betty DeGeneres is an LGBT rights activist, serving as a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign’s National Coming Out Project. She is an active member in Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), and has written multiple books about her personal experiences with the coming out of her own daughter, Ellen DeGeneres.


LZ Granderson

LZ Granderson is a commentator for CNN and ESPN, and also writes a weekly column at He is a senior columnist for ESPN The Magazine, and has written for SportsCenter, ESPN First Take, and Outside the Lines. Granderson was the winner of the 2009 Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation award for online journalism, and is a two-time honoree of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association for column writing. He is also a member of the You Can Play Advisory Board, a campaign that is dedicated to fighting homophobia in sports.

Earvin “EJ” Johnson III

EJ Johnson, son of Magic and Cookie Johnson, is a student at New York University, studying event management with an interest in fashion, media, and journalism.



Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta, a civil rights activist and labor leader, co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, now known as the United Farm Workers. She is the president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, an organization dedicated to community benefit through grassroots organizing and civic engagement. She has received several awards for her advocacy efforts, including the Presidential Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


Judy Shepard

Judy Shepard is the founding president of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, an organization working to advance diversity awareness, social justice, and equality for LGBT people. She worked alongside President Obama to successfully pass the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act in 2009.


Phill Wilson

Phill Wilson is the President and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute, the only national HIV/AIDS think tank focused exclusively on Black people, dedicated to stopping the AIDS pandemic in Black communities. He was the co-founder of the National Task Force on AIDS Prevention as well as the National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum.


Gautam Raghavan

Gautam Raghavan is the Associate Director of Public Engagement to the White House. He previously served as the Deputy White House Liaison for the Department of Defense, as well as the Outreach Lead for the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Working Group. Raghavan also serves as the LGBT Liaison to the White House Office of Public Engagement.


Princess Moss

Princess Moss serves on the National Education Association’s Executive Committee, focusing on women’s issues and minority concerns. Prior to being elected to the NEA, she served two terms as President of the Virginia Education Association, advocating for greater investment in public education. Moss is dedicated to advancing social justice issues, and has mediated conversations between the Ethnic Minority and LGBTQ caucuses of the NEA.


Richard Yep

Richard Yep is the Executive Director and CEO of the American Counseling Association, the largest organization comprised of professional counselors and educators in the world. He previously served as the Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair of the American Society of Association Executives, and has worked in programs that focus on advancing disadvantaged populations.


Jeydon Loredo

Jeydon Loredo is a transgender teenager from Texas, who was prohibited from wearing a tuxedo in his high school yearbook photo. After Jeydon’s friends and family reached out to HRC President Chad Griffin, HRC partnered with the Southern Poverty Law Center to challenge the decision made by the school board. The School District eventually agreed to allow Jeydon’s photo in the yearbook, and further agreed to include gender expression in its antidiscrimination policies.


Frenchie Davis

Frenchie Davis is a Broadway performer and former contest on American Idol and The Voice. She performed in Rent on Broadway in 2003, and served as a member of the cast for four years. Davis now works with the Friend Movement, an anti-bullying campaign that raises awareness with the help of celebrity support.

Don’t miss out on HRC’s Time to THRIVE conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 14-16, 2014.  

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