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Saturday, September 9 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Michael Triplett Series: Under Attack but Keeping the Faith: the Weaponization of Religion and the LGBTQ Community

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We have seen religion weaponized as a tool of oppression targeting many marginalized communities and used as a justification for discrimination and even hate. The LGBTQ+ movement is no exception and these attacks have escalated in the last few years to a level we have not seen in decades. Join a panel of LGBTQ+ faith leaders, journalists and activists on the ground who are monitoring, covering these issues and fighting back.

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Cathy Renna

Communications Director, National LGBTQ Task Force
Cathy Renna joins the National LGBTQ Task Force as Communications Director but is no stranger to the organization. As a longtime supporter and contractor on projects over the years and a regular presence at Creating Change, she has been part of the Task Force’s extended family for... Read More →
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Nico Lang

Freelance Reporter, Self-Employed
Nico Lang is the creator of Queer News Daily and an award-winning reporter, editor, essayist, author, and critic. You can read their work in Rolling Stone, Esquire, The Washington Post, Teen Vogue, Them, The Advocate, VICE News, Vox, The Wall Street Journal, Out, The Daily Beast... Read More →
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Jaweed Kaleem

National Correspondent, Los Angeles Times
Jaweed Kaleem is a national correspondent at the Los Angeles Times. Based in L.A. with a focus on issues outside of California, he has traveled to dozens of states to cover news and deeply reported features on the complexity of the American experience. His articles frequently explore... Read More →
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Jamie Bruesehoff

Author and Advocate, The GenderCool Project
Jamie Bruesehoff is an award-winning LGBTQ+ advocate, a nationally-known speaker, and a heartfelt writer. Rooted in her queer identity, her experiences raising a transgender child, and two decades of working with youth and families, Jamie equips leaders to create safer, more inclusive... Read More →
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Dr. Roberto Che Espinoza

Professor, Our Collective Becoming
Dr. Roberto is passionate about the politics of radical difference and the ways that our collective differences might shed light on how we become a better body together. Roberto Che Espinoza, PhD has been described in a myriad of ways: a scholar-activist, scholar-leader, thought-leader... Read More →
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Rev. Naomi Washington-Leapheart

Adjunct Professor, Theology & Religious Studies, Villanova University/Harvard Divinity School
Rev. Naomi Washington-Leapheart is a Black queer preacher, teacher, public administrator, and justice advocate. She is an adjunct professor of theology and religious studies at Villanova University and the Government Fellow for Religion and Public Life at Harvard Divinity School... Read More →


Saturday September 9, 2023 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Regency B (Floor 2M)