It's a summer ritual: youngsters heading off to camp. For some members of Generation Equality, going to camp means hosting an open-mic night instead of sitting by a campfire, and learning to build plans for change instead of sit-upons.

Every summer for the last eight years, Campus Pride, the national LGBTQ & ally college student educational organization, has hosted held Camp Pride Summer Leadership camp, an intensive gathering for queer students and school organization advisers. This year, campers included more than 120 students, faculty & staff from a wide array of higher education institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).

Campers learned about self-care, intersectionality, working for safer, more inclusive campuses, and social justice activism. They heard from an amazing array of speakers, including Mandy Carter, Mara Keisling, Rev Dr Jamie Washington, Diego Sanchez and Janet Mock. 

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation was once again a sponsor of Camp Pride this year, sponsoring Friday night's dinner. I had the opportunity to attend some Friday activities and presented the "Equality Talks: Using Everyday Conversations to Advance LGBT Equality" workshop to very engaged campers. 

Camp Pride Leadership Camp is just one of the many events that Campus Pride offers to Generation Equality. Check out their upcoming schedule of regional LGBT-Friendly College Fairs held in partnership with GLSEN.

I know full equality will come sooner thanks to the dedication & energy that these campers and advisers bring to the movement.

I hope that I see some of them among this fall's HRCU Internship cohort! 

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