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Monday, April 1
 

7:00am

Registration & Check In
Registration check-in tables are located on the West end of the Main Concourse. Be sure to check in and grab a conference bag before visiting exhibitors!

Monday April 1, 2019 7:00am - 8:00am
Main Concourse

8:00am

Opening Session
Garrard Conley is the author of the acclaimed memoir Boy Erased, a beautiful, raw and compassionate memoir about identity, love and understanding. Now a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Lucas Hedges, directed by Joel Edgerton. “Every sentence of the story will stir your soul” (O Magazine).

Coming of age as the son of a Baptist pastor in rural Arkansas, Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted by his sexuality; he had never even met another gay person. At age nineteen, his worst fear came true when he was outed to his parents. They gave him an ultimatum: he could either be shipped to a “conversion therapy” facility in a hope to “cure” him of his homosexuality, or he would lose his family, his friends, and his God. He chose the facility, a decision that would lead him through a brutally institutional Twelve-Step Program. He was supposed to emerge cleansed of impure urges, stronger in his Christian faith, and—most importantly—heterosexual. Instead, Conley developed the strength to search for his true identity and to forgive his family.

Hear Garrard share his story with attendees of the Governor's Conference on LGBTQ Youth, and purchase a book to be signed by the author!


Speaker
avatar for Garrard Conley

Garrard Conley

Author, Boy Erased
Garrard Conley is the author of the acclaimed memoir Boy Erased, a beautiful, raw and compassionate memoir about identity, love and understanding. Now a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Lucas Hedges, directed by Joel Edgerton. “Every sentence of the... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Main Ballroom - Upstairs

9:00am

Break/Exhibitors
Be sure to stop by exhibitor booths and connect with the amazing community groups and organizations who support LGBTQ youth in Iowa!

Monday April 1, 2019 9:00am - 9:20am
Main Concourse

9:20am

The State of LGBTQ Youth
Laura E. Durso is the vice president of the LGBT Research and Communications Project at American Progress. Using public health and intersectional frameworks, she focuses on the health and well-being of LGBT communities; data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity; and improving the social and economic status of LGBT people through public policy.

Join this featured speaker session to hear about the state of LGBTQ youth across the country!

Speaker
avatar for Laura Durso

Laura Durso

Vice President, LGBT Research and Communications Project, Center for American Progress
Laura E. Durso is the vice president of the LGBT Research and Communications Project at American Progress. Using public health and intersectional frameworks, she focuses on the health and well-being of LGBT communities; data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity; and... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2019 9:20am - 10:10am
315-320

9:20am

Allyship is Not a Finish Line: How to Practice Inclusion and Safe Spaces Every Day
Allyship is more than wearing a rainbow button and marching in the pride parade. Come to this session to have intentional conversations about creating safe spaces in your every day life, and how allyship should be seen as a verb, not a noun.

Speaker
avatar for Becky Smith

Becky Smith

Director of Youth Engagement, Iowa Safe Schools
Becky Smith (She, Her, Hers) joins the Iowa Safe Schools team as the Director of Youth Engagement. Becky’s role consists of promoting the empowerment and involvement of Iowa’s LGBTQ* young people as they create safe spaces and positive change in their school. She received her... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2019 9:20am - 10:10am
307-310

9:20am

Enough is Enough: Gun Violence in Schools & Communities
Students Demand Action is an initiative launched by Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund. This initiative, led by the students of America – has turned outrage into action.  Participants will leave the workshop with tools and ideas to take back to their community on creating a safer school for all students.


Speaker
avatar for Annika Galloway

Annika Galloway

Students Demand Action


Monday April 1, 2019 9:20am - 10:10am
312-314

9:20am

HIV, STI’s, and PrEP, Oh My!
1 in 4 people will be diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) by the age of 24 – do you have the knowledge needed to protect yourself? This workshop will dive into the basics of HIV, STIs, and PrEP. Presenters will discuss modes of transmission, risk reduction strategies, and resources available at the Project of Primary Health Care, Inc.

Speaker
avatar for Mikaela Pederson

Mikaela Pederson

The Project of Primary Healthcare


Monday April 1, 2019 9:20am - 10:10am
302-304

9:20am

Intersectionality in GSAs
Student leaders will explore the importance of intersectionality in GSAs, and how diverse identities can impact how youth experience both privilege and oppression. Participants will be given practical tools and ideas to bring back to their groups that promote diverse and inclusive LGBTQ student groups. Come ready to learn, share, and put plans into action!

Speaker
avatar for Student Leadership Council

Student Leadership Council

Iowa Safe Schools


Monday April 1, 2019 9:20am - 10:10am
311

9:20am

Walk the Talk: Creating Inclusive Classrooms
As educators, it is important to not just claim allyship, but show it in the classroom. This workshop will discuss ways that teachers, paraeducators, and administrators can create more inclusive schools for LGBTQ youth on a daily basis. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and get direct answers from a former teacher.

Speaker
avatar for Mark Busch

Mark Busch

Director of Education, Iowa Safe Schools
(He, Him, His) is the Director of Education at Iowa Safe Schools. He is excited to empower educators and school leaders across the state to learn about marginalized communities and develop welcoming classrooms through Iowa Safe Schools’ professional development opportunities. A... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2019 9:20am - 10:10am
301

10:10am

Break/Exhibitors
Be sure to stop by exhibitor booths and connect with the amazing community groups and organizations who support LGBTQ youth in Iowa!

Monday April 1, 2019 10:10am - 10:30am
Main Concourse

10:30am

If You Can Play, You Can Play: Fighting Discrimination in Sport
Ryan Pettengill is the Executive Director of You Can Play, an international organization that fights homophobia and transphobia in sport at all levels, including partnerships with leagues and teams like the NFL, NHL, CFL, MiLB, CWHL, NWHL, MLL, and many others.

Come to this session to hear from Ryan as he discusses the amazing work of You Can Play in fighting homophobia and transphobia with some of the biggest names in sports!

Speaker
avatar for Ryan Pettengill

Ryan Pettengill

Executive Director, You Can Play Project
Ryan Pettengill is the Executive Director of You Can Play, an international organization that fights homophobia and transphobia in sport at all levels, including partnerships with leagues and teams like the NFL, NHL, CFL, MiLB, CWHL, NWHL, MLL, and many others.


Monday April 1, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
315-320

10:30am

Advocacy – It’s Everyone’s Job: Legislator Panel
This workshop will feature Iowa legislators and their perspective on creating a safer and more inclusive community for all students. Come with questions on getting involved in different movements around the state and hear directly from leaders on those issues.


Monday April 1, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
307-310

10:30am

Aint No Lie, Baby...Bi, Bi, Bi
How can we as a community discuss what it means to be the largest group within the LGBTQ community? This workshop will focus on the often invisible majority of the LGBTQ community, and how students and educators can build inclusive spaces for all students! Come ready to learn from college students about their success in building movements around creating positive change.




Monday April 1, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
301

10:30am

Healthy Relationships, Healthy You
Relationships, whether romantic or not, are an essential part of being human. However, that doesn’t always mean that every relationship is good for us. In this workshop, participants will explore what healthy relationships and personal boundaries look like, how to build a support network, and self-care.


Speaker
avatar for Morgan Dodge

Morgan Dodge

GSA Network Regional Coordinator, Iowa Safe Schools
Morgan Dodge (he/him/his) is a GSA Network Regional Coordinator for Iowa Safe Schools. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor’s in Art, minoring in Women and Gender Studies.After working with queer youth and youth with behavioral/mental health challenges... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
311

10:30am

10:30am

Understanding Trans Student Rights
Understanding the law can be intimidating, especially if you feel your rights have been violated. This session will cover in detail both state and federal law regarding protections for transgender students, how these protections have evolved over time, and subsequent guidance to schools, teachers, parents, and students on what rights transgender students have at school.

Speaker
avatar for Nicole Proesch

Nicole Proesch

Attorney, Iowa Department of Education


Monday April 1, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
312-314

11:20am

Lunch Session
Dr. Eliza Byard is the Executive Director of GLSEN (pronounced “glisten”), a national education organization working to create safe and inclusive K-12 schools. Founded in 1990, GLSEN seeks to end discrimination, harassment, and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in K-12 schools. Dr. Byard has been principally responsible for leading all of GLSEN’s program areas since 2008, and was instrumental in the development of many of GLSEN’s signature programs and initiatives, including the organization’s research capacity, student organizing and GSA support programs, and educator training programs.

Come hear Dr. Eliza Byard talk about the important work that GLSEN is doing to support students, and how you can be involved in creating amazing change!


Speaker
avatar for Dr. Eliza Byard

Dr. Eliza Byard

Executive Director, GLSEN
Dr. Eliza Byard is the Executive Director of GLSEN (pronounced “glisten”), a national education organization working to create safe and inclusive K-12 schools. Founded in 1990, GLSEN seeks to end discrimination, harassment, and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2019 11:20am - 12:20pm
Main Ballroom - Upstairs

12:20pm

Break/Exhibitors
Be sure to stop by exhibitor booths and connect with the amazing community groups and organizations who support LGBTQ youth in Iowa!

Monday April 1, 2019 12:20pm - 12:40pm
Main Concourse

12:40pm

A Discussion of Faith and Identity
Many faiths and denominations have become reconciling communities, meaning they have made a commitment to being in loving ministry with all people without prejudice, including sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, to truly have “open hearts, open minds, and open doors." Come to this workshop to hear from three leaders of different faith communities about their efforts to welcome and include all people into their congregation.

Speaker
avatar for Interfaith Panel

Interfaith Panel

Rev. Eileen Gebbie (eileen@amesucc.org) of Ames United Church of ChristRabbi Emily Barton (rabbibarton@tifereth.org) of Tifereth Israel Synagogue in Des Moines Father McManus (fr.mcmanus@christthekingparish.org) of Christ the King Parish in Des Moines... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2019 12:40pm - 1:30pm
311

12:40pm

Digital Campus Systems & Trans Youth: Steps to Include Every Student
Digital campus systems can be confusing when making sure that all students are supported with the correct name and pronouns. Come hear from Des Moines Public Schools as they explain steps they took to make sure every student feels supported!


Monday April 1, 2019 12:40pm - 1:30pm
307-310

12:40pm

Drag Queen Ki-Ki
Have you ever wanted to hear a drag star spill the tea on all things drag? Come hear how Iowa's elite drag performers got their start, found their inner fearless diva, and how you can find your inner queen, king, or performer!

Speaker

Monday April 1, 2019 12:40pm - 1:30pm
315-320

12:40pm

How Do You Know If You’re Ready? Careful consideration before consensual coupling
Have you ever made a really tough decision and even after you made the decision, you weren’t 100% sure it was the right one? Making decisions about sex can be even more difficult since everyone has different values and beliefs about the topic. This session will look at some questions a young person might consider before taking that step with a partner. The session will provide an opportunity for participants to think of respectful and caring language and actions, what it means to engage others in consensual and non-exploitative behaviors, and consider how to protect their own and their partner’s sexual health.



Monday April 1, 2019 12:40pm - 1:30pm
312-314

12:40pm

Stories of Acceptance and Love: A Parent Panel
When a student comes out as LGBTQ, their parent must also experience their own transformation. This workshop will feature Iowa parents telling their honest stories of their child’s coming out journey, and how their experiences have motivated them to fiercely support the LGBTQ community.


Speaker
avatar for Parent Panel

Parent Panel

This panel is comprised of parents of LGBTQ students in Iowa who will share stories of their children coming out and how they as a family have grown through those experiences. Panelists include: Chris and Patty Eaton Amy Bonebrake Jess Orcutt


Monday April 1, 2019 12:40pm - 1:30pm
302-304

12:40pm

…But is this College Gay Enough?
Sure, maybe the campus has a pretty library or interesting classes…but is it gay enough?! We’ll chat about what to look for in an LGBTQ-inclusive campus, what to avoid, and how to ask the important questions. Everyone will leave the workshop with a checklist and a bump of confidence for finding the right campus for you.


Speaker
avatar for Ric Tennenbaum

Ric Tennenbaum

Campus Coalition Coordinator, Iowa Safe Schools
Ric Tennenbaum (she/they) is the Queer Campus Coalition Coordinator at Iowa Safe Schools. She graduated from Grinnell College  with a bachelor’s in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies after spending a lot of time thinking about the creative and unrecognized ways we use emotions... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2019 12:40pm - 1:30pm
301

1:30pm

Break/Exhibitors
Be sure to stop by exhibitor booths and connect with the amazing community groups and organizations who support LGBTQ youth in Iowa!

Monday April 1, 2019 1:30pm - 1:50pm
Main Concourse

1:50pm

Communities Talk: A Conversation on Drugs, Alcohol & Organizing for Change
To make an impact, we have to know the facts and be willing to talk about them! Drugs and alcohol disproportionately impact LGBTQ youth, and there are tons of things students can do to start conversations with their peers and adults. Participants will leave with practical tools and ideas on organizing to create change in their communities.


Speaker
avatar for Jodee Goche

Jodee Goche

Iowa State University - PPSI


Monday April 1, 2019 1:50pm - 2:40pm
301

1:50pm

Let’s Talk About it: LGBTQ Mental Health
Ending the silence around mental health and being LGBTQ is one of the many ways students can support each other. This workshop will explore common mental health concerns of LGBTQ youth, and what resources are available. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions in a safe and supportive atmosphere and get honest answers from an expert in the field of mental health.

Speaker
avatar for Joby Holcomb

Joby Holcomb

Joby Holcomb, LLC.
Joby Holcomb, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, received his Master’s degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.  Joby has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in a variety of settings including Psychiatric... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2019 1:50pm - 2:40pm
312-314

1:50pm

More Than Marriage: The Queer Youth Experience
It's time to stop talking about wedding cakes, and discuss the needs of LGBTQ youth. Based on his award winning TedX Talk, participants will hear from Nate as he discusses the entire queer youth experience, and how important it is to focus on supporting LGBTQ youth.

Nate Monson leads Iowa Safe Schools where he has been Executive Director since 2007.  He is a well known voice in Iowa on issues related to LGBTQ youth and school climate issues. 

Speaker
avatar for Nate Monson

Nate Monson

Executive Director, Iowa Safe Schools


Monday April 1, 2019 1:50pm - 2:40pm
307-310

1:50pm

Pride Camp is “Not Your Typical Gay Camp”!
The only LGBTQ youth summer camp in the Midwest, Pride Camp is an epic, life-changing program for LGBTQ and Allied youth ages 14-18 to learn, grow, and connect with each other…and it’s a FULL WEEK this year. This workshop will give participants the opportunity to ask questions and find out everything there is to know about Pride Camp, how to register and apply for scholarships, and get a sneak peek at some of the activities campers will experience!



Speaker
avatar for Dana VanRenterghem

Dana VanRenterghem

GSA Coordinator, Iowa Safe Schools
Dana Van Renterghem (she/they) joins the team as our GSA Network Coordinator. She graduated from Central College in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, minoring in Communication Studies. They find that delivering a message with particular tact and empathy greatly impacts... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2019 1:50pm - 2:40pm
311

1:50pm

Queering the College Experience
This interactive panel of queer college students will discuss being LGBTQ on Iowa’s college campuses. Topics of conversation will include student organizing and activism, finding community, and being out in college programming. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel and get real answers from real Iowa college students.


Speaker
avatar for Queer College Board

Queer College Board

Iowa Safe Schools


Monday April 1, 2019 1:50pm - 2:40pm
302-304

1:50pm

You Better Werq!
Hair. Makeup. Outfit. Music. Moves.

Hear from Iowa's elite drag performers tips and tricks of the trade for being an amazing drag star. Panelists will even give a tutorial of makeup on a select student. Make sure to take notes, so you know how to werq back in your hometown!

Speaker

Monday April 1, 2019 1:50pm - 2:40pm
315-320

2:40pm

Break/Exhibitors
Be sure to stop by exhibitor booths and connect with the amazing community groups and organizations who support LGBTQ youth in Iowa!

Monday April 1, 2019 2:40pm - 3:00pm
Main Concourse

3:00pm

Closing Session
Speaker
avatar for Carmen Carrera

Carmen Carrera

Model, Actress, Trans Activist
Carmen Carrera is a reality television personality, model and actress known for appearing on the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, as well as it’s spin-off series RuPaul’s Drag U. As a Trans woman and activist, Carrera has been a prominent voice in AIDS awareness, and has... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Main Ballroom - Upstairs