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Rev. Jason Carson Wilson is an authorized United Church of Christ minister. Wilson serves as Justice & Peace Policy Fellow in United Church of Christ, Justice & Witness Ministries’ D.C. office, where he lobbies for just domestic policies. He also serves as adjunct minister at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C. Wilson is also a member of Dignity Washington. He’s a graduate of Chicago Theological Seminary, where he founded the Bayard Rustin Society. Wilson is a former newspaper reporter.

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64 , a proud, open and out, Black Gay retired Washingtonian.

Cedric has been out all his life and volunteering most of my life. Cedric currently is a activist and volunteer for gay elders, in the community and assist elder family members.  Currently, collects food from food banks to share with others.  Gives out information on health care, housing, city programs, free events, savings programs and more.  Cedric gives comfort and prayer via phone calls or visits ill persons he knows.  Cedric first stared in the fight and education of HIV/AIDS in 1989 when he attended a support group for those HIV+ with Group Health.  There he learned of the Inner City AIDS Network (ICAN) and took a class to became an educator with the class #4 in 1990.   From there, a volunteer for many years with Food and Friends and Whitman Walker Clinic.  

Being HIV+ for over 30 years Cedric has volunteers and gives support and time to the community. One of Cedric’s proudest moment was being a volunteer with the 2012 International AIDS Conference held here in Washington, DC.

 

  • Ambassador for the DC Office on Aging
  • Ambassador for A.A.R.P.  –  D.C.  chapter
  • DC Dept. on LGBT Affairs supporter
  • THE DC ( Gay ) CENTER supporter and volunteer
  • D.C. Goverment,  D.O.H. / HIV/AIDS Adim. ( HOHSTA & HOPWA ) supporter and advocate
  • Housing advocate & volunteer with the * Equal Rights Center &  National AIDS Housing Coalition  
  • Us Helping Us, HIV supporter
  • HIV/AIDS & Seniors advocate
  • SAGE Metro – DC and supporter
  • Supporter of the DC Rainbow History Project
  • DC Long-Term Care volunteer with Ombudsman Program of AARP
  • Graduate of the C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team ) program ( including Red Cross first aid training )
  • Mental Health advocate  *  Suicide Prevention certified
  • Honoree of “OUR HEROS” Exhibition 2015
  • Supporter of the Inner Faith Conference of Washington, DC.
  • Volunteer and supporter of Mary’s House for Older Adults
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Marpheen is currently living and interning n Washington, D.C., and will be a visiting student at Howard University School of Law for his final semester of law school. He will receive his J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law in May 2017. He holds a Bachelors in Political Science and gradauted from the University of Southern Maine cum laude and a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science National Honors Society.

He was born in California to Cambodian-Chinese refugees in 1991. His early childhood was spent transitioning between his single mother and godparents until about 1995, when his godparents moved to Texas and he moved with his single mother and 3 younger siblings to Portland, ME. In 1999, he was placed in fostercare with his sister Tanya (the two youngest had already been placed in foster care). They spent a year at that home until a scandal broke out alleging that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services was engaged in racist practices by taking children of color and placing them with white families.

Despite being happy with their first foster family, Marpheen and Tanya were transitioned into a group home in Windham, ME, and stayed there for 15 months before moving to a foster home in Gorham, ME.

Around 2003, they were reunited with their two younger siblings and later adopted by the same family in 2005. He took classical piano lessons, played soccer, and was involved in his Church.

Marpheen graduated high school in 2009 and attended Valley Forge Christian College for his first year. A decision to begin coming out as gay to friends and family led to his transferring to the University of Southern Maine and declaring a Political Science Major. Since then, he has been involved in several leadership positions and politics.

In his spare time, Marpheen enjoys playing the piano, his acoustic, writing and poetry, and catching up on the news.

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Alexandra Chandler is a transgender woman serving openly as a senior analyst and leader within the Intelligence Community. Alexandra is also an advocate for equality for LGBT people, especially transgender youth, immigrants and people of color. She enjoys providing her perspective on leadership and communication as a woman and a LGBT person, mentoring younger LGBT and national security audiences, and discussing domestic policy challenges including education, healthcare reform, and income inequality. She has presented on leadership, career development, LGBT and transgender issues in numerous Intelligence Community forums, the Rainbow Families conference, Columbia University SIPA, Rutgers University, Yale University, and Capital Trans Pride. She has also published in the Washington Post and appeared on NPR’s Weekend Edition.

Alexandra led the Intelligence Community’s analytic effort against the maritime proliferation of WMD and arms smuggling from 2011-2016. Inspired by living in NYC as a law student through the 9/11 attacks, Alexandra started her career as an intelligence analyst in 2004. In 2006 she was the first employee ever to complete a gender transition while working at the Office of Naval Intelligence. Alexandra came out to the general public in February 2017, in which she used her story as a call to Americans to reject the fear and hate on the rise in society since the 2016 election. She is a member of the Intelligence Community LGBT Pride employee resource group, a member of the Truman National Security Project Defense Council, and the Vice President of her child’s school PTA. From 2008 – 2013, she served on the Board of Directors of Whitman Walker Health, including as Vice Chair, and helped guide the organization to sustainability and Federally Qualified Health Center status as a member of the Quality Assurance Committee. Alexandra graduated from Brown University in 1999 with a B.A. in International Relations, and from Brooklyn Law School in 2002. She is married to Catherine, her high school sweetheart and partner of 22 years, and they have two children.

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Hello, my name is Sara Cahanin. I am a licensed therapist in Maryland and currently, I work at Cheltenham Youth Facility in the school as a therapist. I also have a private practice. In addition to my work as a therapist, I have been a high school English teacher and also, have taught writing at a community college and private college in New York State. In 2006, I started a non-profit organization called, Martin Lyon Lesbian Support Services in Ithaca, New York. It was very successful and met the unmet needs of the lesbian community. We had planned to open it up to all GLBT people, but due to the economy the organization ceased operations. I feel that I have a lot to offer the GLBT community as a speaker and look forward to speaking soon to our community. Thanks for reading!
For more information, please visit my website at http://www.saracahanin.com.

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Lars Etzkorn speaks on Estate Planning, including having the Federal Government’s Office of Personal recognize same-sex common law marriage consummated before United States v. Windsor, and how Artists can deal with the challenges and opportunities of a large body of work. Lars also speaks on Planned Giving, Board Governance and Structure, and the Top Ten Questions to Prepare for a Good Death.

Lars’ legal practice focuses on estate planning and administration, charitable giving and nonprofit governance. He works with individuals, couples (married and unmarried) and families, and with local and national cultural, education and health organizations. Active in civic life, Lars was the founding Treasurer of The DC Center.

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Jay Dunning is a, 23 year old, women?s studies major at Montgomery College. Born and raised in South Africa and currently residing in DC. She hopes her unique experiences and growing up LGBT in Africa will further enable her to help young LGBT people better understand and love themselves through poetry, spoken word and short stories. Jay promotes the importance of having someone to talk to, who understands young LGBT people?s fears and concerns. She also promotes sex positive education. Helping young people embrace and enjoy their sexuality without guilt and embarrassment, while educating them on the importance of safe sex habits. She caters best to high school aged audiences and young adults, looking for relatable, real life guidance on coming out, relationships, bullying, sex positivity, feminine hygiene, gender identity, sexual orientation and generally surviving the most awkward years of your life. Jay aims to keep her talks informative but light and casual. Creating a free flowing safe place for youth to talk about issues they may not feel comfortable discussing with other adults in their lives.

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Patrick Wojahn is a lawyer and advocate for civil rights. Patrick has years of experience in management and leadership and has served since December 2007 on the City Council of College Park, MD. Patrick has served on the Boards of Directors and as staff of various organizations advocating for people with disabilities and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and for protection of the environment. From 2005-2010, Patrick worked in Washington, DC, with University Legal Services, a disability rights organization, investigating complaints of abuse and neglect against people with mental illness and ensuring District officials provide appropriate services for some of the District?s most disadvantaged residents. Since 2010, Patrick works as a Public Policy Analyst with the National Disability Rights Network, a national advocacy organization for people with disabilities.

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Clarence J. Fluker is a renaissance man who weaves his words and actions into the discourse on social justice, art & culture and civic engagement in the 21st Century. For several years he served in the Mayor?s Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Affairs in Washington, DC. He worked among community organizations, government agencies and constituents to improve, transform, and ensure the delivery of culturally competent services to thousands of GLBT District residents and employees. Clarence uses his dynamic voice as a tool to advance the dialogue about issues of GLBT people of color. An accomplished writer, he served as a contributing writer to SWERV magazine and has been published in ARISE, and The Life magazines, the acclaimed anthology Spirited: Affirming the Soul and Black Lesbian/Gay Identity from Redbone Press, and the Journal of Intergroup Relations. Online, he has contributed to TheRootDC.com, a subsidiary of The Washington Post and the Gay Life section of About.com. On the topic of race and sexual orientation, he has been an invited speaker to several universities across the United States including Columbia University, George Washington University, Howard University and Ohio University. In September 2010 and 2011 he was as a panelist for the 105 Voices of History Diversity and Inclusion Forum addressing students from each of the 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States. He has served as a panelist at the national conference for the National Black Justice Coalition and True Colors, the statewide conference for GLBT young people in Connecticut.

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Dr. Ruthie is dedicated to spreading sex-positive information, advocacy and community building to all adults. No matter where you live or the nature of your sexual experiences, Dr. Ruth Neustifter is a recognized relationship expert specializing in sexual communication and education as well as recovery from intimate partner violence. University instructor, published author, respected presenter and dedicated activist, Ruth Neustifter holds a doctoral degree in Child & Family Development with specializations in Couples and Family Therapy and Qualitative Research.

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