Teach-in for Equality

Saturday, May 9th, 9:30am to 4:30pm – Los Angeles

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About

What is the “Teach-in for Equality”?
The Teach-in will be a day-long event where participants will learn about our LGBTQ community’s shared history, and connect with their LGBTQ ancestors through a series of break-out sessions, performances, and speakers.

When/where?
The event is happening at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90046 (map).

The event starts on Saturday, May 9th, at 9:30am, and ends at 4:30pm.

But why?
Although there is a vast movement of LGBTQ people, there are many people who have either never had the chance, or perhaps not even the interest to learn about the long, rich history of LGBTQ people throughout modern history. We seek to demystify our communal history, and help new activists speak the same language as some of the people who have been a part of this movement for “ages”!

Why now?
With the passage of Proposition 8, and the possible failure of a court-case to repeal that measure, it’s important that we move swiftly to capitalize on the energy of the “Stonewall 2.0″ movement, and empower those new activists we mentioned above to build on their enthusiasm for change!

Who’s invited?
Anyone who wants to connect with this movement’s history, and learn more about who came before them to prepare the way for our bright future of equal rights. No prior experience with the LGBTQ movement is necessary.

Is it appropriate for high school students?
Definitely! In fact, it’s critical that high school students attend, as this is exactly the type of history that is not included in their history books.

Our speaker line-up includes university-level academics, lawyers, community, religious, and political leaders. For more information about who is attending, see the Speakers page. Our list of break-out sessions is below.

What will I learn about?
The day will start with a real crash-course history of the modern LGBTQ movement. This isn’t going to be some anecdotal skimming of one person’s experiences, but instead will be a truely in-depth, broad view of where the movement has come in the past 75 years.

Once you have that base to work from, a number of break-out sessions will occur, where you will be encouraged to learn more about topics you haven’t had a chance to learn about in the past. Potential break-out sessions (subject to change) include:

  • “The History of Direct Action in the LGBT Movement”
  • “We are wired, but are we connected?”
  • “The Impact of HIV/AIDS in the LGBT Community”
  • “The Relationship of Religion and the LGBT Community”
  • “LGBT People in America’s Military Forces”
  • “Marriage Equality and Legal Rights of LGBT People in the U.S.”
  • “Homophobia of the Right Wing”
  • “LGBT People in U.S. Politics”
  • “Transgender and transphobia in the U.S.”

Who will be speaking?
More information about our speakers is available on our Speakers/Performers page.

Who is hosting this?
The Equality Network is a nonprofit, grassroots advocacy organization that is committed to building a movement for non-violent action to achieve social and political justice and equality for gay, lesbian, transgendered, and bisexual people.

We are committed to:

  • Building a grassroots movement;
  • Building coalitions;
  • Building infrastructure;
  • Ushering new activists into the grassroots movement.

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