May 17 Forum Handout
Making Change: A Community Stands
Against LGBT Bullying and Suicide
May 17, 2012
Ogden Library Auditorium
Presented by OUTreach
Dr. Katerina du lac, I am a 29 year old HIV+ intersex endowed Mormon woman active in the church and a Human Life advocate. I will be speaking about taking a stand against bullying and suicide, and empowerment in oneself as well as well as life in the LDS church and about the new gay inclusive soap proper manors and a new film Take a Stand. I am also one of the panelists. I am a survivor of suicide as well as after a life change suicide attempt in Utah changed my life for what could only be for the better.
Marian Edmonds, Executive Director, OUTreach
Nicholas Maughan, OUTreach LDS Liaison and Coordinator
Sarah Roberts, Principal, George Washington High School.
Julie Van Orden graduated from Weber State University and has taught English at Weber High School for seventeen years. She has been the G.S.A advisor at Weber High for two years. Julie grew up LDS but is now a member of the Unitarian Church. She her husband have two wonderful children.
Dr. David Parker is an educator, a motivator, and an entertainer who has dedicated his career to creating an enriched and safe school climate for learning. David Parker is the Associate Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Center for Community of Caring Center and Assistant Professor in the Urban Institute for Teacher Education both at the College of Education University of Utah. His passion for teaching includes working with educators and increasing their capacity of awareness, understanding, and use of culturally responsive pedagogy, clarification of beliefs, and creating an increased understanding of school climate.
Relevantly new to Utah, David comes to the University of Utah with an eclectic background that includes social work, theater, and education. He consults nationwide with educational communities, family organizations, and corporations. David is the author of the BEST ME I Can Be book series. This is a highly-successful 32 book series published by Scholastic, Inc. The series focuses on character development for emergent and fluent readers. The BEST ME series is designed to empower the child and encourage conversations between new readers and the adults working with them. More than three million of the BEST ME book series have been sold worldwide.
James Humphreys is a seasoned political strategist for the GOP in Utah. He currently serves as the VP for Utah Log Cabin Republicans and owns his own consulting firm. He has worked on a number of campaigns over the last 15 years including working for or with the last 4 Governors. He has spent a lot of that time on Capitol Hill working on a wide range of issues, including equality legislation. This includes the passage of Utah’s new Anti Bullying laws in 2011 and was able to finally find a Republican to co-sponsor statewide nondiscrimination in 2012. Working with a wide range of people he was part of a team that has prevented or stopped more than a dozen pieces of legislation that have been meant to harm or curtail the rights of those working with or helping the GLBT community as a whole over the last several years.
James is bisexual and was married to a woman for 6 years. He is currently married to Ted Berger. They were married while it was legal in Ca. They have been together for 6 years this month and James is not shy about discussing his life with anyone. This attitude has been good and bad, but being out and proud has made it much easier to work with many of the political decision makers. For many, James is the only person they actively know is an “out” gay man.
Tori Allen is finishing up her 14th year as a teacher at Mill Creek Youth Center where she teaches English, U.S. Government, and Journalism. As a teacher in a secure lock-up facility, Tori is able to work with students who have had a difficult time in traditional schools. She is also a member of the OUTreach Resource Center Board of Directors and the LGBTQ community. As a teacher and community member, Tori believes that we can make our schools and communities safe and healthy for everyone.
Lincoln Parkin is a student at Weber High School in Ogden. As president of his school’s Gay-Straight Alliance club, Lincoln works to promote fair treatment for all students at Weber High, no matter their sexual orientation. Lincoln is also an active member of the Ogden OUTreach Center, a program that focuses on creating a safe and welcoming community for LGBTQ youth and their allies. After learning about the “Pink Dot” campaign through the OUTreach Center, Lincoln worked to encourage Utahns to speak up for their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender friends and family members as part of the “Pink Dot” effort. A self-proclaimed “music activist,” Lincoln uses his passion for singing to work toward the goal of equality for LGBTQ people. Lincoln plans to continue his dedication to music and activism in college.
June 1-3 Pride (sign up to march in the parade!)
June 3 LGBT Mormon Allies Evening (details TBA)
June 14 Making Change: Preventing LGBT Suicide
7:00 Pleasant Valley Library
5568 S Adams Ave.
July 1 LGBT and Allies Pack the Pews!