Letter from Jazz Fitzgerald, Founder of You Are Welcome Here

Dear GlobalMindED Community, 

My name is Jazz Fitzgerald, I am the Founder of a movement called You Are Welcome Here - centered on being interfaith and LGBTQIA+ inclusive and affirming. We are grateful to work with the inclusive leaders of GlobalMindED to help educators, parents, business, community and government leaders to understand the issues and work to make the world more equitable on the education to career pipeline for those in the LBGTQIA+ world. 

Through advocating and creating more inclusive and affirming faith spaces - across all faiths - for LGBTQIA+ folks; helping to make visible and support mental health organizations that are affordable, accessible and LGBTQIA+ informed; and advocating and serving as a resource for LGBTQIA+ immigrants, international students, and refugees we are working towards an equitable future. 

In partnering with GlobalMindED to advocate for the full inclusion of LGBTQIA+ folks within education, business, and government, we are hopeful that one day we will all live in a society which is inclusive of LGBTQIA+ people - especially those most marginalized within the LGBTQIA+ community. We are stronger together - and we can create better things together.

If you'd like to know more about the inaugural  You Are Welcome Here Conference on October 4-5, visit our website . Registration is free and will open on August 1st. We will be playing a strong role with GlobalMindED June 4-6, 2019 as we did this year and we look forward to reducing suicide and drop out rates by promoting understanding, compassion, and acceptance, so everyone has the opportunity to feel empowered by who they are. Thank you for working with our community and all people to close the equity gap with GlobalMindED!

Major cities like New York, San Francisco and Toronto are celebrating their LGBTQ communities this weekend, wrapping up Pride Month with characteristic flair. In contrast to the optimism of 2015, when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriages, the past several years have offered reminders - from the Supreme Court's decision siding with the intolerant Colorado baker to other countries' outright repression - that there's still a long way to go. Yet observers point out the movement is rooted in protest, bolstered by its vocal members - and increasing number of allies.
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