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Building Allies for Equality: Working with LGBT Communities
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Building Allies for Equality: Working with LGBT Communities
2013 OCA National Convention General Track Workshops
Friday, July 19, 2013; 10:45 AM - 12:00PM
Omni Shoreham Hotel; Washington, DC

While the marriage equality movement has enjoyed its successes in the last year for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) communities, there is still much to be done as one of the biggest civil rights issues of this generation. Join us for a TED Talk series with esteemed local and national LGBT advocates as we engage in a honest dialogue of how you can become a good ally locally and the importance of being one in this critical moment in history.

Featured Speakers:

Ben de Guzman, NQAPIA

Ben de Guzman currently serves as the Co-Director for Programs at the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA). In this capacity, he manages the policy and programmatic work for the federation of the more than 30 AAPI LGBT groups around the country addressing racism, xenophobia and homophobia. As the National Coordinator for the National Alliance for Filipino Veterans Equity (NAFVE), he ran the successful legislative campaign to achieve payments for and recognize the military service of Filipinos who fought under the United States during World War II. He also serves as a trainer for OCA’s APIAU Leadership 101 program. Read more about Ben's extensive bio HERE.


Nicholas Kor, OutFront Minnesota

Nicholas Kor is a community organizer with OutFront Minnesota, Minnesota’s leading LGBT nonprofit organization. Soon afterwards, he joined the Minnesotans United for All Families campaign as an organizer, working to defeat a ballot initiative that would constitutionally ban marriage for same‐sex couples in Minnesota. On the campaign, Nick was the lead developer and implementer of the Let Your Friends kNOw program. Following their historic victory, Nick continued on with Minnesotans United, organizing grassroots Minnesotans to successfully lobby their legislators to pass a law legalizing marriage for same‐sex couples in Minnesota. Read more about Nick's extensive bio HERE.


Sapna Pandya, Many Languages One Voice

Sapna Pandya, MPH is the Executive Director of Many Languages One Voice, a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization that administers the DC Language Access Coalition, and builds leadership among immigrants that do not speak English as a primary language through grassroots organizing, so that they may advocate and participate in decisions around public education, public health and social services in the District. Sapna also serves on the Board of KhushDC, the local South Asian LGBTQ community organization. She was recently appointed by DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray to serve as a Commissioner on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs. Sapna is a native Washingtonian and is proud to live with her wife in Mt. Pleasant, where they both are involved in local social justice efforts. Sapna speaks Spanish in addition to her native languages of Hindi/Urdu, Gujarati, Marathi, and English.

Although workshops are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, you may register for all other events of the convention HERE.

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