Poets promote pride at youth conference

Patrice Gomez

      Are you interested in learning more about the LGBTQIA* community? Curious to see how much the community has progressed over the years? Well, then, this conference is the place for you. On Sunday, Oct. 29, the Office of Equity and Integrity (OEI) is inviting students to  the Models of Pride conference held at USC where they can learn about the LGBTQIA* community and both show and support pride. 

    “The Models of Pride conference is for anyone who is interested in learning more about the LGBTQIA* community, whether they identify as part of the community or not,” said Whittier College Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) Assitant Director Kayla Y. Kosaki.   

The conference will be an all-day event where people will be going to workshops, hearing from people within the community, and, most importantly, sharing unconditional love and pride with fellow members of the community. The conference was created as a way for people to learn more about the community and what we can do to help support others, especially during this rough time. With last Wednesday being National Coming Out Day, we are just one step closer to making our world a safe space where you can be who you are and be supported in your choices.

“The workshops [go] over many areas of life that are experienced by LGBTQIA* youth transitioning to adulthood, including but not limited to, LGBTQIA* issues”, said the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s website. 

The conference will aim to inform all generations and inform people about the LGBTQIA* community and how they can better understand and approach certain topics. It is important not only for the younger generations to be informed, but for the older generations to know that times are different, and they must accept these ideas with an open mind. Some of the workshops the categories include of Social Justice, Self-Empowerment, Families and Communities, Gender, Health, and much more. Another important note about the event is that the conference will provide a job and career fair specifically for those of the community as well. “With over 100 workshops, a huge community resource fair, career fair, food, and entertainment, our hope is that students will be able to learn, network, and build community in a fun and engaging way,” said Kosaki. 

If you are interested in going to the conference, go and click on the link in the student email sent by the OEI, or contact the OEI at oei@whittier.edu.