40 Years of Pride: Featured Speakers

40 Years of Pride: A Global Conference for LGBTQ Leaders, June 9-11, 2015 in Tel Aviv, Israel Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the founding of The Aguda, Israel’s LGBT Task Force. Below is the full list of the speakers.
M. Christophe Girard
M. Christophe Girard
Mayor of Paris’ 4th Arrondissement
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The Honorable Ed Murray
Mayor of Seattle, WA
Arthur Slepian
Arthur Slepian
A Wider Bridge
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Jennifer Pizer
Law and Policy Project National Director
Lambda Legal
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Karine Jean-Pierre
Adjunct Professor, Columbia University
Former White House and Obama Campaign Political Advisor
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Marsha Botzer
Founder and Co-Chair
The Ingersoll Gender Center
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Vincent Jones
Founding CEO
Reinvent Communications
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James Kirchick
Columnist
The Daily Beast
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Rev. Dr. Monica Corsaro
Pastor
Rainier Beach United Methodist Church
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Alice Kessler
Partner, DiMare, Brown, Hicks & Kessler, LLC
Former Government Affairs Director, Equality California
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Maria Federico-Moscati
Lecturer in Family Law, Sussex School of Law, London
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Frederick Hertz
Attorney and Mediator
Author, Making It Legal: A Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Domestic Partnerships & Civil Unions
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Davis Mac-Iyalla
Nigerian LGBT Activist
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Brad Sears
Founder and Executive Director, The Williams institute
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Vince Garcia

Surat Shaan Knan
Surat Shan Knaan
Liberal Judaism UK
Elisha Alexander
Elisha Alexander
Ma’avarim (Israel Transgender Rights Organization)
Dana Beyer
Dana Beyer
Gender Equality Maryland
Chen Arieli
Chen Arieli
The Aguda: Israeli National LGBT Task Force
Mandy Michaeli
Mandy Michaei
IGY: Israel Gay Youth
Mark Segal
Mark Segal
Philadelphia Gay News
Yiscah Smith
Yiscah Smith
Transgender Jewish Educator
Yaniv Jember
Yaniv Jember
KALA- Ethiopian Israeli LGBT Org.

 

Jennifer Pizer
Law and Policy Project National Director, Lambda Legal
Jennifer C. Pizer is Law and Policy Project Director for Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and people living with HIV. Based in Lambda Legal’s Western Regional Office in Los Angeles, Pizer has long been a leading voice for ending marriage discrimination against lesbian and gay couples. She was co-counsel in the litigation that won marriage equality for same-sex couples in California in 2008, and then protected the marriages 18,000 lesbian and gay couples celebrated in California before passage of Proposition 8.
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Karine Jean-Pierre
Adjunct Professor, Columbia University
Former White House and Obama Campaign Political Advisor
Karine Jean-Pierre’s professional experience has ranged widely from grassroots activism, to local politics, to congressional politics, to working in the White House. Jean-Pierre currently serves as the Campaign Manager for ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Initiative (RFI). Prior to joining ACLU she was the Campaign Manager for Tish James’ Run off 2013 New York City Public Advocate Campaign – where Tish James won in a landslide victory and made history by becoming the first woman of color to be elected Citywide. Jean-Pierre was also Senior Advisor on Bill Thompson’s 2013 New York City Mayoral Campaign. In 2011, Jean-Pierre served as Deputy Battleground States Director for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, managing the President’s political engagement in key states while leading the delegate selection and ballot access process. Before joining the re-election campaign, Jean-Pierre served as the Regional Political Director for the White House Office of Political Affairs.
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Marsha Botzer
Founder and Co-Chair, The Ingersoll Gender Center
Marsha Botzer has served the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and progressive communities in various roles for over 35 years. Marsha founded Ingersoll Gender Center and continues to serve the organization. Marsha was an early member of Hands Off Washington, a founding member of Equality Washington, and served as a board member for Pride Foundation, Safe Schools Coalition, Lambert House, and Seattle Counseling Service. Marsha was a founding board member of Equal Rights Washington and co-chair of the Seattle City LBGT Commission. Marsha served as co-chair of The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in 2005-6 and again in 2009-10. She is a founding member of the Out In Front Leadership Project, and served on the World Professional Association for Transgender Health board of directors during development of the Version 7 Standards of Care. In 2008 Marsha served as a national co-chair of the Obama Pride Campaign.
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Vincent Jones
Founding CEO, Reinvent Communications
Vincent Jones is an innovative connector with a passion for finding creative solutions. His career spans the worlds of philanthropy, non-profits, politics, and new media. Most recently, as Deputy Director of Campaigns and Senior Program Officer at the Liberty Hill Foundation, he built a regional donor mobilization initiative, developed innovative grantmaking programs, raised over $2,000,000, and advised high net worth individuals in the leveraging of their giving through donor-advised accounts and giving circles. Currently, Jones serves on the national Board of Lambda Legal, is a founding Board Member of the African-American Board Leadership Institute, and serves on the Board of Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Political Education (SCOPE). He is a Co-Chair of Southern California Blacks in Philanthropy. He is actively engaged with Funders for LGBTQ Issues as well as Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families, who honored him with their fist ever “Emerging Leader in Philanthropy” award. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Vincent to serve on the City of Los Angeles’ Quality and Productivity Commission.
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James Kirchick
Columnist, The Daily Beast
James Kirchick is a journalist and foreign correspondent currently based in Washington. He has reported from Southern and North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, across the European continent, and the Caucuses. He is a fellow with the Foreign Policy Initiative in Washington, D.C.
For over three years, Kirchick worked at The New Republic, where he covered domestic politics, lobbying, intelligence, American foreign policy, and broke the story of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul’s inflammatory newsletters. Following The New Republic, he moved to Prague to become writer-at-large for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, where he wrote about the politics and cultures of the 21 countries in RFE/RL’s broadcast region. Among the stories he covered were the fraudulent 2010 presidential election in Belarus, ethnic cleansing in Kyrgyzstan, and the Libyan Civil War. Kirchick’s writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Time, The Weekly Standard, The American Interest, The Virginia Quarterly Review, World Affairs Journal, and Commentary, among many other publications. He is a correspondent for The Daily Beast and writes the “Continental Drift” column on Europe for Tablet.
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Rev. Dr. Monica Corsaro
Pastor, Rainier Beach United Methodist Church
Rev. Corsaro served as the Director of Social Justice Ministries, served as the Director of the Ecumenical Campus Ministry for the University of Washington, and was the first ever chaplain in the whole of the Planned Parenthood federation. Besides serving the vibrant community of Rainier Beach United Methodist Church, Rev. Corsaro is the convener of the Reconciling Clergy of the United Methodist Church and serves locally, with the Religious Coalition for Equality, an interfaith organization. Under her leadership of this equality organization, the RCE has helped to pass the anti-discrimination law and the Domestic Partnership Bill here in the state of Washington and eventually the coalition will be part of a campaign to fight for marriage equality here in the state of Washington.
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Maria Federico-Moscati
Lecturer in Family Law, Sussex School of Law, London
Maria Federica is an Italian advocate and holds a PhD from SOAS. She joined Sussex in January 2015. She has previously convened and lectured at SOAS, Queen Mary and UCL – University of London, and at the University of Shantou in the People’s Republic of China. Before undertaking her doctorate she worked for Save the Children Italy where she specialized in children’s rights. Her main research interests lie in issues relating to ADR, Access to Justice, Comparative Family Law, Human Rights with focus on children, and LGBTI people. She has published in those areas, and is the author of Pasolini’s Italian Premonitions: Same-Sex Unions and the Law in Comparative Perspective. Maria Federica combines academic interests with activism in support of LGBTI people, and is a member of Avvocatura per I Diritti LGBTI. Her last research project, Litigious Love: Same-Sex Couples and Mediation in the European Union, which she coordinates on behalf of Avvocatura, has been awarded by the EU Commission and involves a comparative analysis of the use of mediation for resolving intra-family disputes between same-sex partners.
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Brad Sears
Founder and Executive Director, The Williams institute
R. Bradley (Brad) Sears is the founding director and current Executive Director of the Williams Institute, and an Adjunct Professor at UCLA School of Law. Today, the Institute has 20 faculty and staff members, a budget of nearly $3 million, and an endowment of over $20 million. Sears has published a number of research studies and articles, primarily on discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace and HIV discrimination in health care. At UCLA School of Law, he teaches courses on sexual orientation law, disability law, and U.S. legal and judicial systems. Sears has given hundreds of academic and community presentations on HIV/AIDS and LGBT legal issues. He has testified before Congress and a number of state legislatures, authored amicus briefs in key court cases, helped to draft state and federal legislation, and been cited by a number of media, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, and CNN. Sears has served on the board of directors or advisory boards for Being Alive Los Angeles, HALSA, USC’s AIDS Education Training Center, the Center for Health Justice, and UCLA’s LGBT Studies program. Sears has received Being Alive Los Angeles’ Volunteer of the Year Award and, in 2009, was recognized on Advocate’s Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list. In 2010, under his leadership, the Williams Institute received the “Treasures of Los Angeles” award from the Los Angeles Central City Association.
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Surat-Shaan Rathgeber Knan 
Surat-Shaan works for the Liberal Jewish movement UK and is a campaigner for faith related LGBTQI issues. Surat-Shaan is the founder and manager of the landmark Lottery Heritage funded projects Rainbow Jews and Twilight People. He has an M.A. degree in Psychology (Gender Studies), Journalism and Theatre, and has worked for over two decades as educator and project coordinator with numerous international organisations including Sydney Western University. He is currently involved in the AHRC funded project Ritual Reconstructed: Challenges to disconnection, division and exclusion in the Jewish LGBTQI Community in collaboration with Buckinghamshire New University, Portsmouth University, and Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University. Surat-Shaan is an out & proud transgender Jew and blogs for Jewish News UK. He is a high-profile public speaker and has presented at numerous international conferences including ILGA World ; AIDS 2014 Melbourne, Global Interfaith Network, Johannesburg 2014, and WOGA Outgames, Antwerp 2013. He is also a founding member of Cutting Edge Consortium.

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