Virtual Rural Pride Summit California

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Rural Pride Summit California is September 21-27

The National Center for Lesbian Rights and California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. are co-hosting a virtual Rural Pride Summit for California. The Summit will take place over the week of September 21st, with panels, workshops, and discussions happening throughout the week. Participants are welcome to join for any and all of these. Click here for a complete schedule of panels, workshops, and discussions.

This Rural Pride Summit is a chance for those living in rural California or who care about issues facing LGBTQ people in rural California to gather, build connections, and share information and resources. All are welcome! Participants and presenters include community members as well as leaders and organizers, legal advocates, legislators, medical professionals, artists, students, and more.

Panels, workshops, and discussions will happen using Zoom.


We also want to thank our co-sponsors, who made this event possible:

The Source LGBT+ Center
Equality California

Legal Services of Northern California
Impact Fund


Below is the schedule for the Rural Pride Summit for California. Some events may not yet have a date and time – please check this page or register to receive updates as those times are finalized.

Monday, September 21st

4 PM – Funders Panel

Moderators: Alex Lee (Funders for LGBTQ Issues), Ming Wong (National Center for Lesbian Rights)
Panelists: Desiree Flores (Arcus Foundation), Ryan Li Dahlstrom (Borealis Philanthropy), Marlon Cuellar (California Endowment)

Friday, September 25th

1 PM – Know Your Rights: Employment and Housing

Presenters: California Rural Legal Assistance Staff

4pm – Legislators Panel

Moderator: Tami Martin (Equality California)
Panelists: Sen. Scott Wiener (State Senate District 11), Asm. Todd Gloria (78th Assembly District), Asm. Robert Rivas (30th Assembly District)

6pm – Healthcare

Moderator: Zoyer Zyndel (Trans-E-Motion)
Panelists: Dr. Jennifer Hastings, MD

Saturday, September 26th

1pm – Know Your Rights: Family Law

Presenters: Michelle Hatherley (Hatherley Family Law), Ming Wong (National Center for Lesbian Rights)

Other Panels/Workshops

Community Narratives: Trans*

Speakers: Zoyer Zyndel, Zayn Anthony, Alex Sanchez, Angel Gonzales

Community Narratives: Over 50

Speakers: TBD

Community Narratives: Youth and Schools

Speakers: Chali Lee, other speakers TBD

Community Narratives: Immigrants

Speakers: Vasmer Vang, Alex Jurado, Carla Lopez, Vanna Nauk

Racial Justice Panel

Speakers: TBD

Community Engagement Session – Intimate Partner Violence

Presenter: TBD

Drag Artist Q&A

Presenters: TBD

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