Thursday April 8, 2020

5:00pm-7:00pm Welcome To N.E.R.P. (Zoom)

Hop-In tutorial for N.E.R.P. 2021! 

Friday April 9, 2020

9:30am-10:00am Welcome Reception (Stage)

10:00am-11:00am Morning Keynote Address (Stage)

Marketing, PR, Social Responsibility: Connect the dots

Facilitated by: Amber Cox (She/Her)

Connecting marketing, public relations and social responsibility are critical to brand growth and ultimately, revenue generation. After 20+ years working in women’s sports, Amber will share real-world examples of how sharing the values of an organization and the people behind it can drive interest and engagement.

11:15am-12:15pm Morning Workshops (Sessions)

Facilitated by: Miranda Creative’s Meghan Crawford (She/Her) and Kevin Aherne (He/Him)

In this webinar, you will learn more about the various forms of social media best practices and the efficacy of each platform. Additionally, we will guide you through meaningful ways to engage with local media, earned media strategies, and identifying newsworthy information to share with the local media.

Facilitated by: Kris Wraight (She/They)

In this workshop you’ll have the opportunity to build and strengthen relationships with other NERP members through facilitated circles. As a large and in smaller breakouts, participants will have the chance to share, listen, laugh and dream together. 

Facilitated by: Edwin Ivey (He/Him) and Leo Schumann (He/Him)

In this workshop we will walk through the tech and tools used by OutCT to host our virtual Pride and other online events. We will breakdown the software and hardware used to host a variety of events throughout 2020 including G-suite, Zoom, OBS, StreamYard, Castr and so much more! This is an opportunity to share knowledge about the wild world online with other Pride nerds across the region!

1:00pm-2:00pm Afternoon Keynote Address (Stage)

A Future for All

Facilitated by: Lindsay Gillette (She/Her) and Polly Sioux (She/Her)

In this presentation, we will be looking at the past, present and future of pride celebrations. By reconnecting with the original intent of pride and combining it with recognition of current trends, we envision a future pride celebration that addresses the changing demographics of our community as well as the individual needs within the queer community.

2:15pm-3:15pm Afternoon Workshops (Sessions)

Facilitated by: Patrick J. Dunn (He/Him)

Panel Discussion

Facilitated by: Dr. Colleen Richard (She/Her)

Examine the concerns of older LGBTQ+ folks and resources to address these concerns. LGBTQ+ Aging Advocacy in coalition with Connecticut Community Care and funded by the Noble Trust has developed a train the trainer framework that can be implemented in collaboration with a provider. The Getting it Right initiative (GIR) seeks to promote respect and dignity for LGBTQ+ elders by creating and disseminating resources for service providers and the LGBTQ+ community. The Movable Senior Center project will also be highlighted. Workshop participants will gain an understanding of the successful efforts made in Connecticut that positively affirm the older LGBTQ+ population.

Facilitated by: Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington (He/Him)

Pride events has  historically been a place for LGBTQ+ folks to find community and celebrate identity and truth in a safe and caring space.  Given a long history of attempting to keep young people away form LGBTQ+ folks, many pride organizations have stayed away from deliberate planning for young people especially young people of color. This session will focus on opportunities and challenges of meeting at the intersections of Youth, and QTPOC identities. 

4:00pm-5:00pm Friday Plenary (Sessions)

Facilitated by: Marcy Carr (She/Her) and Tiffany Royster (She/Her)

7:00pm-9:00pm Friday Entertainment (Sessions)


Facilitated by: Candy Samples (She/Her) and Michael DeShields


Saturday April 10, 2020

9:00am-9:30am Mystery Phone Networking (Networking)

10:00am-11:00am Morning Keynote Address (Stage)

Pride and Diversity! "Why we still talking bout this"

Facilitated by: Mo George (She/Her)

In this presentation Mo George will discuss how organizations can actively work to no longer have to address diversity issues by embedding the work within their structures.

11:15am-12:15pm Morning Workshops (Sessions)

Facilitated by Kia A Baird (She/Her)

This will be an open discussion about peoples experience with religion and a reminder that there are safe healthy spaces for queer people to worship, and why finding that space is critically important.

Facilitated by: Chevelle Moss-Savage, LPC, MHS, HS-BCP, CGCS (She/Her)

During this guided conversation, participants will engage in an interactive discussion on what intersectionality means to them. While sharing the myriad of identities folx may possess, we will analyze how privilege and oppression “can get in the way” of embracing identities that are different from our own. As well as examine the importance of utilizing inclusive language, when organizing pride festivals or other programming.

Facilitated by: Curtis Goodwin (He/Him)

In this workshop attendees will learn about the experiences and lessons that contributed to the success of the annual sold-out New London Talent Show. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions, share within an open and safe space, and utilize Mr Goodwin’s experiences as a guide to aide their journey as an artist, facilitator, teacher, mentor and or entrepreneur. Mr Goodwin organized a small team of caring citizens looking to give youth who were racially targeted and ostracized after a brutal murder something to do in their hometown. In doing so he developed one of the largest platforms to serve the untapped talent in New England, attracting over 65 Cities to New London, CT, and selling out the Garde Art’s Center’s 1450-seat theater yearly. His success has built bridges within communities, help create dozens of entrepreneurs and much more. Co-Founder and Director, Curtis K Goodwin, is currently a City Councilor for the City of New London, CT and a minority business owner. He vows to never play small and to use his adversity as fuel to build community and to serve as an example that brings hope and inspiration to the next generation of youth, notably our brown (queer) youth.

1:00pm-2:00pm Afternoon Keynote Address (Stage)

Pride in Transition: How Pride Can Better Support Transgender Individuals

Facilitated by: Tyler Tuccio (He/Him) and Jaclyn Norton (She/Her)

We will begin with a lecture featuring community responses from transgender individuals about their experiences at pride along with our own experiences. We will also bring suggestions on what prides can do to better support transgender individuals. We will end with a questions and answer session.

2:15pm-3:15pm Afternoon Workshops (Sessions)

Facilitated by: Dr. Tika Douthit (He/Him)

I will be sharing my experience as a transgender person of color working in higher education in the South, at an HBCU.

Facilitated by: May Fianna (She/Her)

What is intersex? What does the term Disorder of Sex Development mean? Who are intersex people? Where do we belong? What are the implications of our bodies for the biological binary? In this workshop, participants will explore the diversity of intersex lived experiences, deconstruct “biological sex”, and learn about the intersextion of queerness and bodies.

Facilitated by: Christine Durant

4:00pm-5:00pm Saturday Plenary (Sessions)

Facilitated by: Marcy Carr (She/Her) and Tiffany Royster (She/Her)

7:00pm-10:00pm Saturday Entertainment (Zoom)

7:00pm - Networking Social Hour

8:00pm - Jackie Steele Presents A Gaggle of Queers Comedy.

90 minute Comedy Show

Please note that some workshops may be subject to change.