About the Event
Unity Through Diversity is a bi annual National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People of Color (LGBT POC) Health Conference that will be held virtually from November 17th to the 19th. The purpose of the Conference is to lift up the voices of LGBT POC, while promoting social justice, healthy sexuality, violence-free living, social activism and safer spaces. Registration is $50.00 and scholarships are available for selected participants. To complete a scholarship application, please visit the Scholarship section for more information.
If you are interested in attending Unity Through Diversity: The Power Of Unity, The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People of Color Health Conference on a scholarship*, please complete and submit the required information by: November 12, 2021. Only completed applications will be processed. All information provided on your scholarship application will be treated with confidentiality.
A complete Scholarship application includes:
- A completed Registration form
- An essay of approximately 500 words addressing:
- What you hope to gain from participating in UnityThrough Diversity;
- How the information gained relates to your current work or education; and
- Why you need financial assistance to attend this Conference.
Scholarship Recipient Requirements:
Scholarship recipients may be required to volunteer 1-2 hours of their time to help the Conference Coordinators. Volunteers are needed every day of the Conference to ensure that registration, workshops, and all events are coordinated and run smoothly. As volunteers, you may be asked to take notes in a particular workshop, introduce a presenter, serve as a chat moderator, or technical assistance liaison with the community. Accommodations in volunteer tasks are available if needed.
Scholarship recipients will be expected to attend ALL workshops and events ON TIME.
*If you would like to donate to the Scholarship Fund, please send your donation to:
In Our Own Voices, Inc.
245 Lark Street
Albany, NY 12210
To submit your donation by phone, please call (518) 432-4188. Thank you.
Our collective liberation and personal freedom lies within a political unity that goes beyond the constraints of gender and sexuality. Unity through Diversity: The Power of Unity brings you conversations towards a more holistic, inclusive and intersectional movement that includes advocating for economic justice by recognizing that not all LGBT POC face the same oppression and marginalization. We accept legal equality as a necessary first step in the struggle for social justice but it, alone, is not justice. Increasing access to basic needs, education, healthcare, housing and employment must be struggles in which we all engage. Equity, racial, social, gender and economic justice must be our overarching goals.
The LGBT movement has taken enormous strides in the struggle for marriage equality and military inclusion. For LGBT POC, however, our struggle is far from over. Throughout the years we have lost family and community members to hate crimes, HIV/AIDS, suicide, bullying, the criminal legal system, and homelessness. Additionally, the disproportionate incarceration rates among people of color - particularly among African Americans - and the racial profiling so prevalent in our society continues to put the safety of our most vulnerable communities at risk. Our struggle is not over.
We must heal from historical trauma and internalized oppression in order to support each other and promote LGBT POC leadership. There is power in unity. LGBT POC power requires our unity. Without it, issues that affect our communities are left in the hands of those who are the most distant and disconnected from our issues and the disparities we face.
We must address that which divides us in order to embrace that which unites us. We must channel our unified power in order to increase our visibility and voice. We must build the just society we envision. We must organize. We must lead.
As LGBT POC, we have the power to heal, to organize and to deliver a unified voice. Together, we can identify, own and be transparent about our need for personal, community and institutional power. We invite you to claim your space, your voice, your community, your power.
There are multiple opportunities for Sponsorship at different levels of the Conference. Advertising in the Conference Guide is also available, as are Virtual Vendor Tables at the event. Corporations can also create their own custom sponsorship packages.
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