Sam will be the Grand Marshall for the Pride Parade, will appear on the main stage during the Vendor Fair, will give a keynote address, and will appear at the teen event.
Sam’s keynote address will include a discussion of their experiences with conversion therapy and their ’50 Bills in 50 States’ campaign to end the practice.
Saturday September 28th 5:00pm-6:00pm
Hyatt Conference Room
217 N. Neil St. Champaign
“Sam is one of the world’s leading advocates for LGBTQ youth. They currently serve as the Head of Advocacy and Government Affairs for The Trevor Project, the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth. They are the founder of the 50 Bill 50 States campaign at The Trevor Project to end the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy, first in the United States and then around the globe. As a survivor of conversion therapy, Sam has spearheaded efforts to submit legislation and promote public education in the hopes of protecting youth from its harms. They were the founding Co-Chair of the National Center for Lesbian Rights #BornPerfect Advisory Committee on conversion therapy and have spoken before the United Nations and Congress as well as testified on legislation from coast to coast. They have been featured in numerous media including a widely shared New York Times op-ed as well as Playboy Magazine, The Washington Post, The LA Times, Rolling Stone, The Advocate, CNN, TIME, MSNBC, and PBS Newshour. Sam uses they, them, or theirs as their pronouns as a genderfluid person.”