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’40 Years of Pride’ Speakers Announced

On Monday, 40 Years of Pride announced the first round of influential voices in their field to speak at Tel Aviv’s first-ever global LGBTQ leadership conference. Stellar panels of accomplished experts and thought leaders will ensure the most timely and relevant perspectives. Speakers include Mayor of Seattle Ed Murray, National Policy Project Director at Lambda Legal Jennifer Pizer, acclaimed gay journalist and activist James Kirchick, Former White House and Obama Campaign Political Advisor- Prof. Karine Jean-Pierre, founder of the Ingersoll Gender Center Marsha Botzer and many others.

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. Registration now open

Selected speakers (from left to right): Ed Murray, Davis Mac-Iyalla, James Kirchick, Jennifer Pizer.

The speakers will be divided into panels that will be spread throughout the days of the conference, dedicated to various subjects- from Global Issues to Media, Youth, Faith, Transgender Issues, Minorities and Culture. Organizers of the conference promise to release more names of speakers soon.

“We are very excited to be announcing the initial list of speakers and panelists,” said Arthur Slepian, Executive Director of A Wider Bridge and co-organizer of 40 Years of Pride. “Our list includes accomplished leaders from many parts of the LGBTQ community, and is diverse in terms of age, race, gender, religion, and geography.”

“The list of speakers includes political leaders such as the Honorable Ed Murray, Mayor Seattle, one of the highest ranking gay politcal leaders in the United States,” added Slepian, “and also transgender leaders, leading LGBT voices in the media, religious leaders, academic leaders, LGBT activists from developing countries and legal activists working on the front lines of the Marriage Equality movement and other major issues.”

“We will be announcing more speakers and panelists as the conference approaches, including those from Israel,” said Slepian, “but this list gives you a great sense of the caliber of people we will have the opportunity to meet with, learn from and explore opportunities for collaboration to make our movement stronger.”

Register today for 40 Years of Pride conference in Tel Aviv, June 9-11 2015

Here is the complete “initial” list of speakers:

The Honorable Ed Murray
Mayor of Seattle, WA

Jennifer Pizer
Law and Policy Project National Director
Lambda Legal

Karine Jean-Pierre
Adjunct Professor, Columbia University
Former White House and Obama Campaign Political Advisor

Marsha Botzer
Founder and Co-Chair
The Ingersoll Gender Center

Vincent Jones
Founding CEO
Reinvent Communications

James Kirchick
The Daily Beast

Rev. Dr. Monica Corsaro
Rainier Beach United Methodist Church

Alice Kessler
Partner, DiMare, Brown, Hicks & Kessler, LLC
Former Government Affairs Director, Equality California

Maria Federico-Moscati
Lecturer in Family Law, Sussex School of Law, London

Frederick Hertz
Attorney and Mediator
Author, Making It Legal: A Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Domestic Partnerships & Civil Unions

Davis Mac-Iyalla
Nigerian LGBT Activist

Brad Sears
Founder and Executive Director, The Williams institute


Join us in Tel Aviv for what promises to be an outstanding conference!