Update from the Regional Resource Network Program
This brief update will provide an overview of the Regional Resource Network Program, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, HIV epidemic, U=U, PrEP, and hepatitis C.
Presented by Sanford E. Gaylord, Regional Resource Consultant for the Regional Resource Network Program at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Region 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI).
Queering Reproductive Rights & Justice
“Reproductive justice is, in essence, an intersectional theory emerging from the experiences of women of color whose multiple communities experience a complex set of reproductive oppressions. It is based on the understanding that the impacts of race, class, gender, and sexual identity oppressions are not additive but integrative, producing this paradigm of intersectionality. For each individual and each community, the effects will be different, but they share some of the basic characteristics of intersectionality—universality, simultaneity, and interdependence” (Loretta Ross, 2011).
LGBTQ+ rights and justice are inextricably linked to reproductive rights and justice. At this morning’s plenary, we will define reproductive health, rights, and justice and explore the historical and contemporary linkages to LGBTQ+ rights, including the fundamental belief in the human right of body autonomy. We will also challenge ourselves to consider how, as a queer community, we are recognizing, affirming, and acting upon those complex oppressions in our community, and how we can engage as members of, and allies to, the reproductive justice movement to harness collective power to achieve fundamental human rights for all who are oppressed and marginalized. We will conclude with specific actions that individuals and groups can take to be active participants in advancing queer and reproductive rights.
Presented by Tanya Atkinson, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.
Colors in Bloom
We experienced the highest rates of individual hate-based, hookup, and intimate partner homicides within the LGBTQ community in 2017. Working with The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), we released a new platform for anti-violence agencies to help curb the rise in anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and violence. A key element to the platform is to actively work to create a culture that nurtures LGBTQ youth by uplifting the loving, resilient, and diverse experiences of LGBTQ communities. Diverse & Resilient is a member program of NCAVP and is working collaboratively as we respond to the crisis of hate with growing acts of violence happening within our community. Because some of these homicides happened to LGBTQ individuals by other LGBTQ individuals so filled with self-hatred and rage, we created a campaign geared toward reaching LGBTQ individuals—youth in particular—with messages of love and resiliency. Come hear about this concerning rise in violence, but also how we hope to reduce this violence, through our Colors in Bloom campaign. At this afternoon plenary, you will hear from Kathy Flores, Diverse & Resilient’s statewide LGBTQ anti-violence program manager, who will not only tell you about the campaign, but will also unveil our exciting new ad campaign. Lex Allen will perform a few songs including “Colors in Bloom,” the song he wrote in collaboration with Diverse & Resilient as a part of this campaign.
Presented by Kathy Flores, LGBTQ anti-violence program manager for Diverse & Resilient, with performances by Lex Allen.