Registration and Breakfast
Pride and Prejudice: The State of the LGBTQ Nation
It’s been 21 years since the brutal death of Matthew Shepard, four years since Obergefell vs. Hodges, three years since the tragic shootings at Pulse Orlando, and nearly two years since President Trump’s controversial decision to ban transgender US military service members first made headlines. What is one to make of the current state of the LGBTQ nation? Do gathering storm clouds augur hardship or opportunity for LGBTQ leaders within professional services to mobilize and unite?
Another Country: Assessing Economic Opportunities Amongst LGBTQ Consumers
By some estimates, the LGBTQ population’s share of global wealth is a multi-trillion dollar economic opportunity largely overlooked by modern business. Indeed, despite significant strides by prominent corporations towards highlighting same-sex couples or LGBTQ-identifying actors in major marketing initiatives, many organizations still seem reluctant to openly court LGBTQ consumers or disrupt a pervasive heteronormative ontology. This discussion examines how regional and global businesses can best engage and win support of LGBTQ clientele in an era of rampant consumer empowerment and engagement.
Breakout Discussion #1: In Cold Blood: Combating the LGBTQ Homeless Epidemic (Breakout)
According to numerous studies, LGBTQ minors comprise a disproportionate percentage of homeless youth across the United States. Frequently the target of domestic abuse, harassment or violence, this particular demographic faces significant challenges when it comes to access to justice, educational and economic opportunity, sexual well-being, or mental and physical health. This frank discussion examines various ways LGBTQ and allied professionals can help rectify an escalating communal crisis with profound economic and emotional ramifications.
Breakout Discussion #2: Bad Education: Toward the Abolition of LGBTQ Conversion Therapy (Breakout)
“Once you enter the group, you’ll be well on your way to recovery.” So, in a disturbingly sanctimonious tone, declares John Smid, the main antagonist of Garrard Conley’s Boy Erased: A Memoir, a riveting account of the author’s ill-fated journey through sexual orientation conversion therapy. Like Conley, nearly 700,000 Americans between the ages of 18-59 have been subjected to conversion therapy in their lifetime. Even more alarming, an estimated 20,000 LGBTQ youth (ages 13-17) have had to endure this controversial practice at the behest of a spiritual or religious advisor. Despite explicit disavowal from the American Psychiatric Association, and an equally forceful stance from President Barack Obama, only nine states currently ban “reparative therapy” as a profoundly destructive and fraudulent practice. This session raises awareness around “ex-gay therapy” in America. Attendees are invited to take an active role in curtailing the harmful impact of this controversial treatment on the LGBTQ community.
#MeQueer: The Forgotten Spotlight on LGBTQ Sexual Harassment
It is of little doubt the the #MeToo movement has blown wide open the doors on the sexual harassment of women, but less is said about similar aggressions still wrought upon the LGBTQ community. This session shines a welcome light on the global LGBTQ experience in an era where awareness of and support for the historically oppressed has never been greater. For an organizational standpoint, how can professional services firms continue to enforce a healthy corporate culture, while also making broader contributions outside their walls?
Memento Mori: History, Memory & Mourning in the LGBTQ Community
In his landmark study of history and memory, French historian Pierre Nora descibed a lieu de mémoire (site of memory) as “any significant entity [….] which by dint of human will or the work of time has become a symbolic element of the memorial heritage of a [given] community.” Speaking specifically about the ability of objects or places (monuments, museums) to homogenize memory and transform it into a national narrative, Nora’s observations hold particular resonance for the global LGBTQ nation. For every triumph or victory afforded LGBTQ constituents, painful setbacks – if not tragic developments – continue to underscore the importance of memory, resistance, unity and pride in helping push for the ultimate equality. This closing conversation ponders individual and corporate responsibility in contributing to collective memory around the American LGBTQ experience.
The OutLaws and Rebels Soirée
Please join us for cocktails and canapés as we wrap up the day’s proceedings and engage with a number of leading LGBTQ public interest organizations from throughout the region.
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