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Radical Allyship: Community Talk & Dance Party – Virtual
June 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
How can you celebrate Pride amidst a global pandemic? How can you fully accept and love who you are? How can you be an ally to the LGBTQ2IA+ movement and other historically excluded communities? How can you connect to the original roots of Pride to fight for a more loving and equitable society?
Let’s talk! These are the questions keeping up Social Change Strategist, Community Organizer & Leadership Coach Melissa Andrada up at night. Melissa will share her own personal journey of loving transformation and allyship as a once painfully shy, straight A student who came out at 27. She’ll bring an intersectional lens informed by her lived experiences as a queer Filipina American born in Nigeria who came to the States as an undocumented immigrant who went on to achieve conventional forms of success as a Chief Operations Officer of a VC-backed startup in London then later completely re-designed her work and life to align to her values around love and social justice.
The first half of this community event will focus on Radical Pride: How to Fully Love and Accept Who You Are
Sharing her story as a catalyst for opening up the room for vulnerability and real conversation, Melissa would love to hold space for you to share your stories and self-limiting beliefs, and get the community support to feel seen and take greater pride in who you are.
The second half of this event will focus on Radical Allyship: How can You Courageously Fight for Marginalized Communities
Melissa will facilitate a session to develop practical ideas and strategies to co-create a psychologically safe space, particularly for those facing the greatest oppression and suffering with the LGBTQ2IA+ community (such as but not limited to trans folks, the elderly, people of color, people living in poverty, people with disabilities, people coming out later in life, people practicing nonmonagamy).