Every Voice Matters: Advocacy, Georgia Politics, and You

Overview

Exercising your political voice is important at every age. Understand the greater Georgia political landscape and how to get involved by exploring issues and policies impacting the LGBTQ community today. Hear from legislators and activists and learn how you can get involved whether you are of voting age or not at this forum hosted by SOJOURN, the Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender & Sexual Diversity.

With separate breakout groups for teens and adults, this workshop is geared towards all teens whether LGBTQ+ identified or allies (Grades 9-12), parents, and adult community members invested in supporting the LGBTQ+ teen community.

A partnership with SOJOURN, Congregation Bet Haverim, and JumpSpark.

Location

Congregation Bet Haverim ›
2074 Lavista Road
Atlanta, GA 30329

Confirmed Speakers

More to come!

Jeff Graham is the executive director of Georgia Equality , an organization that works to advance fairness, safety and opportunity for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities throughout Georgia. Since college he has advocated for issues related to gay and transgender rights, access to healthcare, community empowerment, and HIV/AIDS.

Stephe Koontz is a city council member in the metro Atlanta city of Doraville and is Georgia's first and only transgender elected official. Under her leadership, Doraville passed sweeping anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people, and is the only Georgia city besides Atlanta to guarantee such protections.

Royce Mann is an Atlanta-based poet, actor, activist, and filmmaker. In 2018 Mann was one of the student organizers of Atlanta's March For Our Lives protest for safer schools and gun reform following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida. He first captured the world's attention at age 14 for his slam poem, "White Boy Privilege" and since has been using his voice to advocate for racial, social, and gender equality.

Rep. Sam Park is the first Asian American Democrat and first openly gay man elected to the Georgia State Legislature. Rep. Park's commitment to serving others and passion for good public policy have been driving forces in his professional and political career, and he serves on the Higher Education, Industry & Labor, and Small Business Development committees in the Georgia House of Representatives.