The 5th Annual Louisiana Queer
Conference will be held at
Louisiana State University on
March 14, 2015.
This year's conference will be held at the Business Education Complex on LSU's campus.
Check ins are at 8:15am and the Welcome is at 9AM.
We are pleased to announce that Jen Jones of Equality North Carolina
will be the Keynote Speaker for LAQC 2015!
Jen Jones became part of the social justice movement in the South when she joined the staff of Equality NC in 2011 as the organization's first-ever Communications Director. A native of rural eastern North Carolina, Jen played a key role in the campaign against the state’s constitutional ban on marriage equality as the Communications lead for the coalition Protect All NC Families campaign, as well as the mastermind behind RACE TO THE BALLOT, an online and offline voter engagement effort to provide visibility and spur engagement around the harms of Amendment One. Her digital activism has propelled Equality NC to the second most followed state equality group in the country, engaging nearly 200, 000 supporters every week.
For her efforts, she has received the ACLU of North Carolina Sharon Thompson Award for extraordinary work toward advancing equal rights for LGBT persons; the Blueprint North Carolina Trailblazer Award; Qnotes Carolinas Statewide LGBT Leader of the Year (Female), Equality Federation Awards for Fundraising and Media Coverage; and the LGBT Center of Raleigh's Community Impact Award. She currently works as a communications consultant for progressive groups all across North Carolina, the region, and the country.
The Louisiana Queer Conference provides leadership development, networking opportunities, and social support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) college students and their allies in Louisiana. The conference provides an annual venue for individuals to discuss ideas and collaborate on projects, while building a statewide network to advance the LGBTQ movement.
Throughout the conference, we will reflect on this year's theme, "Bold Not Broken: Queer Resilience in the South," which centers the work of queer Southern activists that have lived, worked, and built lives here for decades in the face of a growing national narrative--that the South has been an "impossible" place to organize and is now the new frontier for LGBTQ activism.
We picked this theme because we are bold for living authentically as ourselves in the South, an area of the country where we can get fired from our jobs for being who we are. Our region of the country is significantly poorer than the rest of the nation and discrimination has made a pathway to poverty even more likely for our community. Despite these facts, discrimination has not broken our community but made us resilient and creative in our activism to fight for who we are.
Our region is not a new frontier for LGBTQ rights but a region with many challenges that remain. We hope that you will join us at the 5th Annual Louisiana Queer Conference on March 14th at LSU in order to discuss LGBTQ rights in the South and how our community can move forward.