Generations and Change: Navigating Grassroots Advocacy and Organizing

Saturday, October 23
3:15 - 4:15 PM Eastern
 

For the first time in history, four generations are working alongside each other in the workplace -- and in the fight for equality. And while much has been written about finding ways to effectively function together in workplace settings, navigating the generational challenges while working to transform hearts and minds in LGBTQ+ grassroots organizing is far less discussed. And when our unique cultural backdrops and ways of organizing come together, the path forward isn’t always clear and can be marked with conflict. 

In this interactive discussion, we’ll examine the key cultural backdrops for three generations of LGBTQ+ advocates and look at how these experiences color understanding of the issues we face. We’ll also delve into the different methods of civic engagement and organizing and how they’ve changed over time. How can we better understand the places people have come from to be more open to understanding? In what ways can we incorporate the best elements of different kinds of organizing to create responsive, diverse, and effective strategies to achieve equality? 

Moderator:

Eric Marcus Eric Marcus

He/Him/His
Founder & Host
Making Gay History

Journalist and author Eric Marcus is the founder and host of the award-winning Making Gay History podcast, which mines his decades-old audio archive of rare interviews to bring LGBTQ history to life through the voices of the people who lived it.  He is also co-producer of Those Who Were There, a podcast drawn from Yale University’s Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies.  And he is the founder and chair of the Stonewall 50 Consortium, an organization that brings together 240 nonprofit institutions and organizations committed to producing programming, exhibitions, and educational materials related to LGBTQ history and culture.  He serves on the board of the American LGBTQ+ Museum.

Panelists:

Kylar Broadus Kylar Broadus

He/Him/His
CEO
Trans People of Color Coalition

Kylar W. Broadus is the first openly transgender person to testify before the U. S. Senate in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in 2012. He is a lawyer that has an extensive background in LGBT issues, in particular, transgender, and non-binary issues. He is a sought-after public speaker when it comes to transgender issues having been a pioneer in the transgender movement and recently worked on the trans military ban and trans youth access to school across this county. He has worked in the courts and has extensive policy experience. He serves on many boards and commissions and speaks regularly about these topics nationally and internally. He’s appeared on national television and other platforms discussing these issues. He recently received the James Baldwin Ward from the National Black Justice Coalition and the Spirit of Justice Award from Glad for his work.

Aditi Hardikar Aditi Hardikar

She/Her/Hers
Former White House LGBT and AAPI liaison

Aditi Hardikar most recently served as the Leadership and Training Lead for the Biden-Harris Transition. She spent three years at the Obama Foundation first as chief of staff with a focus on strategic planning and organizational growth, and then as the acting Vice President for Operations on the development team, overseeing data and analytics, communications, research, and events. During the second term of the Obama-Biden Administration, Aditi was Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement, serving as the primary liaison to the LGBTQ and AAPI communities. Aditi served as Coalitions Finance Director for the Hillary Clinton for President campaign in 2016, helped lead LGBTQ fundraising and outreach efforts on the Obama-Biden reelection campaign in 2012, and led LGBTQ and AAPI fundraising and strategy at the Democratic National Committee.

Sue Hyde Sue Hyde

She/Her/Hers
Executive Director
Wild Geese Foundation

Sue directed the annual Creating Change Conference from 1994-2018. Creating Change is a project of the National LGBTQ Task Force that gathers LGBTQ and allied activists, organizers, and leaders for political trainings, movement education, and community building. In June 2018, Sue became the Executive Director of the Wild Geese Foundation, a family foundation in Boston. She is author of Come Out and Win: Organizing Yourself, Your Community and Your World (Beacon Press, 2007). Sue lives in Cambridge MA.