The Summit

Link to 2016 Summit Registration!

The Summit is an annual leadership conference for LGBTQ and allied individuals of all ages interested in learning how to bridge the divided and marginalized demographics within the greater LGBTQ community. Comprised of both distinct workshops and keynote speaker series, the Summit is a means to inspire the public to become more active in the advancement of the LGBTQ movement. Attendees of each year’s Summit will be provided with the educative resources they need to accomplish this outlined goal. Past speakers have included:

  • Dustin Lance Black – Academy Award winning writer of MILK
  • Raja Gemini – RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3 Winner
  • Zach Wahls – Founder of Scouts for Equality
  • iO Tillet Wright – Photographer and Founder of the Self Evident Truths Project
  • Kathy Levinson – Former COO of E-Trade
  • Cleve Jones – Harvey Milk’s right-hand man and famed LGBTQ activist
  • Andrea Shorter – Former Director of Marriage Equality and Coalitions at Equality California (EQCA)
  • Jeff Steinberg – Founder of Sojourn to the Past
  • Clint Wilkins – Director of Education at the Heroic Imagination Project
  • Daniel Leffew – Youth YouTube celebrity

The workshops hosted at the past summits have also been well received by attendees. These have tackled various topics such as Faith and Sexuality, Suicide Prevention, Lobbying Your Government, life as a youth with HIV, and many more. In addition to speakers and workshops, Summit attendees have the unique opportunity to engage in direct question and answer conversations with the keynote speakers and workshop representatives.


Past Attendees Thoughts:

“I loved all the speakers”

“I enjoyed how friendly all the people were. I felt very at home and it was very well executed. I learned a lot during the classes.”

“This is going to sound so simple, but I think my favorite thing about the summit was feeling like I belonged. In my everyday life, I am assumed to be straight most of the time. Being in a place where it didn’t matter and where everyone would accept me for whoever I choose to love was indescribable. Just being able to talk openly about liking girls meant the world to me.”

“The speakers were all inspiring, the workshops were interesting, and the opportunity to meet new people was invaluable. I had so much fun and can’t wait to go next year!”

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