The World’s Largest Free LGBTQ Youth Conference Will Be ‘FIERCE, FABULOUS, FREE’ and Virtual on November 14-15 - Los Angeles LGBT Center

The World’s Largest Free LGBTQ Youth Conference Will Be ‘FIERCE, FABULOUS, FREE’ and Virtual on November 14-15

October 16, 2020
Contact: Gil Diaz
323-993-7622

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 28th annual Models of Pride conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth (LGBTQ) and their allies 24 years and under will be streamed live globally over the course of two days, Saturday and Sunday, November 14–15. This year’s theme is “FIERCE, FABULOUS, FREE.”

As the world’s largest free conference of its kind, Models of Pride offers a half-day of life-enriching programming designed to help young people build confidence and self-esteem and develop valuable life skills. Organized by the Center’s Youth Development program, the day includes more than 25 workshops and presentations culminating with the always-anticipated Entertainment Hour.

This year’s Opening Session, hosted by award-winning YouTube personality MacDoesIt, will include a performance by America’s Got Talent Season 15 semifinalist Celina Graves and special appearances by Minneapolis City Councilmember Andrea Jenkins; activist and actress Blossom C. Brown; and Pulse Nightclub survivor and activist Brandon Wolf.

To date, the Entertainment Hour features trans actress, host, and singer Roxy Wood as this year’s emcee with performances by surreal world performer Matthew “Poki” McCorkle; comedian and drag performer Greasy Bouffanti; American Idol Season 14 finalist Rayvon Owen; multitalented instrumentalist and hip-hop artist Mike Xavier; music artist and songwriter Tish Hyman; and book author, astrologer and psychic medium, and popular podcast host Jessica Lanyadoo.

In addition to the youth-only portions of the conference, parents, caregivers, educators, social service providers, and other youth-serving professionals are offered free online workshops tailored to their roles and interests to better serve LGBTQ youth. Known as the Parent & Professional Institute, this programming for adults will feature a dozen unique workshops covering topics ranging from faith and family to supporting transgender youth. Some workshops will be offered entirely in Spanish.

Senior level sponsors of this year’s Models of Pride are Comcast NBCUniversal, Toyota, and U.S. Bank; Sophomore sponsors are Amazon Studios and Intuit; and Freshmen sponsors are 211 LA, Aerospace, Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Microsoft. The Official Airline Partner is American Airlines.

 

WHAT:
Models of Pride 28: FIERCE, FABULOUS, FREE
The world’s largest free conference for LGBTQ youth and their allies goes virtual spanning two days with life-enriching workshops, entertainment, resources, and more to help attendees build confidence and self-esteem and develop valuable life skills.

WHEN:
Saturday, November 14
10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Sunday, November 15
4–6 p.m.

LIVESTREAM:
modelsofpride.org

COST:
FREE
 

For more information or to register for Models of Pride, visit modelsofpride.org

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Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center's nearly 800 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.

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