Speakers & Workshops

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Special Remarks from Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation, will provide special remarks at the Closing Plenary of the inaugural Time to THRIVE conference! See our Registration Brochure for more speaker details.

“It’s vitally important we create opportunities for young people to raise their voices, develop their talents, and join in the work of imagining and then building a better future for all of us. Too many LGBTQ youth face significant challenges to being supported and empowered in their communities, schools and even homes because of who they are. I’m grateful Time to THRIVE is bringing people together to raise awareness and find solutions to ensure every young person can be empowered, for their future, and ours.”
- Chelsea Clinton

Upstander Award Honorees Announced!

Lance Bass, Magic & Cookie Johnson, and Robin McHaelen, Executive Director of True Colors Inc, to be honored with the Upstander Award for Promoting Safety, Inclusion and Well-Being for LGBTQ Youth.

Other Special Guests to Include:

  • Betty DeGeneres, national LGBT rights activist & mother of Ellen DeGeneres
  • LZ Granderson, ESPN Columnist and CNN Contributor
  • Earvin "EJ" Johnson III, son of Magic and Cookie Johnson
  • Dolores Huerta, President, Dolores Huerta Foundation
  • Frenchie Davis, Broadway Performer and Former Contestant on American Idol and The Voice
  • Judy Shepard, co-founder of Matthew Shepard Foundation
  • Phill Wilson, President & Chief Executive Officer, The Black AIDS Institute
  • Gautam Raghavan, Advisor, White House Office of Public Engagement & LGBT Liaison to the White House
  • Princess Moss, Executive Committee, National Education Association
  • Jeydon Loredo, transgender teenager from Texas
  • Richard Yep, Executive Director & CEO, American Counseling Association
  • Jack Andraka, high school student and inventor of a paper sensor that detects cancer
  • Chad Griffin, President, Human Rights Campaign
  • Constance McMillen, Youth Activist from Mississippi who was denied by her school to attend prom with her girlfriend
  • Brian Altman, Legislative Director & Chief Liaison with Congress, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Carmen Ashley, Capacity Building Team Lead, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Denise Greene-Wilkinson, Immediate Past President, National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
  • Jody Huckaby, Executive Director, PFLAG National
  • Abbe Land, Executive Director, The Trevor Project
  • Gregory Lewis, Executive Director, True Colors Fund
  • Ruben Murillo, President, Nevada State Education Association
  • Erin Reiney, Director of Injury and Violence Prevention, Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Caitlin Ryan, PhD, Executive Director, Family Acceptance Project
  • Dean Vogel, President, California Teachers Association
  • Cirecie A. West-Olatunji, President, American Counseling Association
  • Michael Yudin, Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education
  • Joey Kimmerling, Youth Speaker
  • Laila Al-Shamma, Youth Speaker

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1) Standing in the Intersection: A Panel Conversation with LGBT Youth
LGBT youth tend to be disproportionately impacted by a range of social, economic, and public health issues. This is especially true of transgender youth, LGBT youth of color, and homeless LGBT young people. While LGBT youth face myriad challenges, they are often voiceless and invisible within national, regional, and local LGBTQ advocacy networks and organizations. This critical panel will take place during the plenary on Saturday, February 15th and places LGBT youth at the center of our conversation. Youth will share a bit about their lived experiences and discuss a range of topics including, but not limited to, the intersections of sexual identity, gender expression, racial identity, economics and age. They will also provide thoughts regarding practices to effectively engage LGBT youth as well as considerations for advocacy platforms.

2) Panel Discussion with U.S Federal Agencies
Over breakfast on Sunday, February 16th join Gautam Raghavan, LGBT Liaison to the White House as he moderates a panel of individuals from various U.S. Federal Agencies to discuss resources and assistance available from the U.S. Government.

Film Screening

Saturday Night Film Screening: Families Are Forever – Opening Hearts and Minds to Build Healthy Futures for LGBT Youth

Join us for an unforgettable and inspiring evening with Tom and Wendy Montgomery - a devout Mormon family featured in the Family Acceptance Project’s (FAP) award-winning documentary film - Families Are Forever -who went door-to-door to support Prop 8 and then learned that their 13-year old son was gay. See the film and hear from the film’s executive producer and Director of the Family Acceptance Project, Dr. Caitlin Ryan, about FAP’s groundbreaking family-based approach to prevent suicide, substance abuse, HIV and homelessness and build healthy futures for LGBT youth. And hear from Marian Edmonds Allen, Director of Utah’s OUTreach Resource Centers who uses FAP’s compelling materials and family support approach to save lives and build supportive environments for LGBT youth in rural and conservative communities. Called “riveting” by the Salt Lake Tribune, Families Are Forever will move you, motivate you and challenge you to understand the critical role of family for LGBT youth.


  • What’s a Provider to Do? A Preconference For Beginners
    True Colors, Inc.
  • The Common Core Standards meet Anti-Bias, Social justice Standards: A New Approach for K-12 Education
    Human Rights Campaign Foundation & Teaching Tolerance
  • Interventions Supporting the Psychological Well-Being and Health of LGBT Youth
    American Psychological Association
  • The Power of Youth Voices: Becoming an Adult Ally
    GSA Network
  • Asking about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Why & How
    True Colors Fund
  • Safe Spaces include Safer Sex: How to Have Honest and Unbiased Safer Sex/Sexual Health Conversations With LGBTQ Youth
    Safe Spaces Project
  • We Have a Transgender Student Coming to School.  Now what?
    Trans Youth Family Allies
  • Policy Protections in Child Welfare: If Utah Can Do It, So Can Your State
    Utah Pride Center
  • Standards of Care to Promote Safety, Inclusion, and Well-Being for LGBTQ Youth
    American Institutes for Research
  • Los Muchach@s Queer y La Familia
    Lambda Legal
  • Bias, Bullying and Bystanders: A short film and discussion
    Welcoming Schools, Human Rights Campaign Foundation
  • Innovative Strategies for Addressing LGBTQ Youth Homelessness
    True Colors Fund
  • Unheard Voices: Integrating LGBT History, People and Events into Middle and High School Curricula
    Anti-Defamation League
  • Harm of Reparative Therapy and Efforts to Enact Bans
    National Center for Lesbian Rights & The Trevor Project
  • National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Building the Professional Social Work Response Through Treatment and Advocacy
    National Association of Social Workers
  • Full Service Support:  The Child and Adolescent Gender Center
    Gender Spectrum
  • Creating Safe Environments to Prevent Bullying: RFK Project SEATBELT and the Safe School Certification Program
    Robert F. Kennedy for Justice and Human Rights
  • Thinking Upstream: Building Coalitions to Reduce Health Inequities Among LGBTQ Youth
    Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • Improving the Legal Lives of LGBTQ Youth within the Juvenile Justice System
    American Bar Association
  • A La Familia - A Conversation About Latin@ Families, the Bible, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
    Religion and Faith Program, Human Rights Campaign Foundation
  • Connect, Accept, Respond, Empower: Innovative Strategies and Resources for Supporting LGBTQ Youth
    The Trevor Project
  • Effective Strategies to Build Partnerships Within Schools
    Project Spin:  Los Angeles LGBT Center
  • Strategies for Empowering Black Gay Youth for HIV Prevention
    Georgia Equality
  • Successful Gender Transitions in School
    Gender Spectrum
  • Stories of Rural Youth Matter
    Matthew Shepard Foundation and Outright Vermont
  • Supporting & Serving LGBTQ Youth in Out-of-Home Care
    All Children, All Families Project, Human Rights Campaign Foundation
  • Ward v. Wilbanks & Keeton v. Anderson-Wiley: Can Professional Counselors Use Religious Beliefs As The Basis For Refusing To See LGBTQ Clients?
    American Counseling Association
  • Faith and Famly:  A Conversation on Faith and Family Acceptance
    Religion and Faith Program, Human Rights Campaign Foundation
  • Enhancing Resiliency Among LGBT Youth
    The Trevor Project
  • Creating an LGBT-inclusive School Climate
    Teaching Tolerance
  • Know the Law – Improve your Advocacy
    ACLU & Lambda Legal
  • School-Based HIV/STD Prevention for LGBTQ Adolescents - National Strategies and Perspectives
    Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Working with Parents of Trans* and Gender-Nonconforming Children
  • Community-Based Approaches to Youth Development Panel
  • Skill Building for Counselors and School-Based Mental Health Professionals
    American Counseling Association
  • Teen Dating Violence Experiences of LGBT Youth
    Urban Institute
  • Opening Hearts to Open Minds & Build Healthy Futures for LGBT Youth
    Family Acceptance Project
  • Panel Discussion with U.S. Federal Agencies
    U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • HRC Research:  Growing Up LGBT in America
    Children, Youth & Families Project, Human Rights Campaign Foundation
  • Campus Pride Index: Finding a LGBT-Friendly College
    Campus Pride
  • Out of the Closet and into the Classroom: Tough Choices for Educators
    American Federation of Teachers
  • Focus on Oregon: LGBTQ Inclusive Sexuality Education, in the Classroom and Beyond
    Oregon Department of Education
  • A Place to Thrive:  What Many LGBT Youth Need Most
    Faith in America
  • Everything You've Always Wanted to Know But Had No One to Ask:  Starting a Youth/Teen Transgender Clinic
    Cincinnati Children Hospital
  • Working with PFLAG: The Family Voice in Your Local Community Supporting Educators, Administrators and LGBTQ Youth to Make School Better for Everyone
  • The Trevor Lifeguard Workshop
    The Trevor Project
  • What Do You Say To, "That's So Gay!" and Other Teachable Moments in PreK-Elementary School Education
    Welcoming Schools, Human Rights Campaign Foundation
  • Online Safety for LGBTQ Youth and Best Practices to Deal with Cyberbullying
    LGBT Technology Partnerships
  • Interventions for LGBTQ Bullied Youth
    Affirmative Foundations
  • Working Together to Help LGBTQ Students Thrive: A Dialogue with the NEA
    National Education Association
  • Families: The Missing Link in Preventing Suicide, Homelessness, HIV & Other Health Risks & Building Healthy Futures for LGBT Youth
    Family Acceptance Project
  • Transgender Youth & The Media
    Transgender Law Center
  • Looking Beyond the Rainbow: Engaging & Supporting LGBTQQ Students of Color
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • The Police and You: Working Together to Protect Our LGBTQ Youth
    New York City Police Department
  • How to Have an Awesome GSA
    GSA Network
  • Successfully Encouraging Conversations about Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation with Diverse (RACE, AGE, RELIGION, & SOCIO-ECONOMIC) Audiences
    Kisha Webster, Welcoming Schools, Human Rights Campaign Foundation