Session Type(s): Panel
Starts: Thursday, Aug. 10 9:00 AM
Ends: Thursday, Aug. 10 10:15 AM
Room: Hanover C
The South has been traditionally behind when it comes to social change. For this reason, many prominent LGBTQ groups and social justice organizations have been focusing progressive energy on creating political, legal and cultural change in the reddest of red states—all with the help of important, in-state partners. This panel will consider strategies for defeating anti-LGBTQ bills, legal challenges to harmful laws, creating meaningful partnerships to drive social change, and the future of organizing in the South. Join LGBTQ and social justice leaders who have worked to successfully create pro-LGBTQ policies in the South, as they discuss defeating harmful legislation, changing hearts and minds, and putting the “all” in y’all.
Executive Director/Community Organizer
Quentin Bell 29, is the Executive Director of The Knights & Orchids Society, a grassroots Southern centered startup that promotes gender justice and Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ+) visibility. He is originally from Selma, AL and received his Bachelor degree from Alabama State University in Business Management with a focus on Entrepreneurship. He currently manages TKO’s Black Sheep Relief Center, which serves as a link between the local LGBTQ community and the city of Selma for the purpose of creating positive change particularly among rural LGBTQ youth and young adults. Quentin identifies as a Trans-man and he uses his leadership platform within TKO to
de-stigmatize this underrepresented group and promote visibility/representation for trans people of color, fighting at the intersections of race and gender.