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Pride Speaks: Supporting K - 12 Queer Youth

Seattle Pride

Pride Speaks is a recurring speaking series focused on various topics which impact our LGBTQIA+ community. Each session, Seattle Out & Proud Foundation invites experts and community members with lived experience to share their knowledge, reframe issues, and inspire action. After the panel discussion or talk, there's time for audience Q&A.

GLSEN reports that while each unique subset within the LGBTQIA+ community has different experiences, 86% of LGBTQIA+ students were harassed or assaulted at school. 84% of trans students felt unsafe at school because of their gender. Two (2) in five (5) LGBTQIA+ students of color experience BOTH anti-LGBTQIA+ and racist harassment at school. These experiences lead to more missed school, lower GPAs, and lower self-esteem (to read more click here).

Our host Lisa Love, from Seattle Public Schools, will guide our panelists through an in-depth conversation around the current landscape queer youth are facing in our educational system - and the world. They will discuss how to create environments, specifically in educational environments, where LGBTQIA+ students feel safe and supported.

Can't make it in person? No problem! Check out the livestream on our YouTube page.


Lisa Love (she/her): Health Education Manager, Seattle Public Schools

Lisa Love has worked on behalf of LGBTQ+ youth in Seattle for nearly 30 years. As a former classroom teacher, consultant, and as the Manager of Health Education in Seattle Public Schools, Lisa brings a range of skills and perspectives to her work. She has co-chaired the City of Seattle’s LGBTQ+ Commission and was a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention LGBTQ+ Task Force. Lisa continues to develop district policies and procedures and oversees all LGBTQ+ efforts in Seattle Schools.



Daynon Jackson (they/them), Youth Advocacy Program Coordinator, Seattle's LGBTQ Center

My name is Daynon Jackson (They/Them/Theirs). I am a Queer Black and Filipino Seattle Native driven to produce systematic change using youth empowerment and joy as radical resistance. I am experienced in mentorship, leadership development, and organizing with QTBIPOC Youth toward the long-term goals of policy changes, sustainable community spaces, and self-determination/self-accountability.


El Sánchez (they/them), Fundraising & Finance Director, Pizza Klatch

El is a queer / transgender / nonbinary / Chicanx / Xicanx / Indigenous community activist and comedian who returned to the Olympia area in 2018 after living and working as a stand up comedian in Seattle for over a decade. They joined Pizza Klatch as a facilitator/advocate that same year after being booked to perform stand-up at a Pizza Klatch fundraising event. El grew up all over Washington state, from a small farming community in Lewis County to the Quinault Tribal Nation on the Olympic Peninsula, but they've always called Olympia home. They graduated from The Evergreen State College in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree focused in constitutional law, tribal law and social justice. They have been a featured performer and speaker at queer comedy shows, Pride events and LGBTQ+ focused panels and discussions throughout the country. They are honored to utilize both their lived experience and their background in LGBTQ+ community organizing/outreach to benefit queer and trans youth, especially those in smaller communities like the ones they came from.


Joseph Bento (he/him), State Board Chair, GLSEN Washington State

Joe has volunteered with GLSEN Washington since 2003. He is currently the board chair and served as that role since 2010. He has been involved in safe schools training through GLSEN and NEA (National Education Association) specifically creating safe spaces for LGBTQ+ Students and Educators. Joe is a teacher, union member, and community volunteer.

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