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Despite recent advances toward equality for the LGBTQ+ community, challenges remain as the collective community faces continued discrimination. We all have the right to be treated equally, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Philanthropy plays a powerful role in social progress. Through awareness and understanding, we can better support our fellow LGBTQ+ neighbors and loved ones. Join us for this informative and inspiring virtual event.



12:00PM - 1:00PM CT

In this lunchtime panel discussion, local nonprofit leaders share their vision for a more equitable world and help us better understand practical ways we can provide support. Impact Austin Executive Director Christina Gorczynski will serve as moderator. Impact Austin members Claudia Barlow and Carrie Maher will introduce our speakers and facilitate Q&A.

We will learn about:

· Top issues and areas of discrimination impacting the LGBTQ+ community

· Diversity and intersectionality within the community

· Local organizations creating the greatest impact in policy, health, education, & youth


· How the Impact Austin community can practice effective allyship through grantmaking and


Thank you to our panelists:

Tarik Daniels (he/him/his)

Founder & Executive Director, WhatsintheMirror?

Tarik Daniels is an AfroQueer writer, performer, and mental health and HIV awareness activist. Tarik is the Founder and Executive Director of WhatsintheMirror?, a social movement that provides mental health awareness and suicide prevention through art and advocacy to communities of color. He is serving his second term as a City Commissioner for Austin’s LGBTQ Quality Of Life Advisory Board and HIV Planning Council. Tarik has written, directed, and produced several plays and released a novel, No Bonds So Strong, in 2018. He hosts a black queer lifestyle podcast, What Works For Us. He is the winner of the 2019 Austin Under 40 Awards in Arts & Entertainment and is a 2020 SXSW Community Service Award Honoree. With over five years in public health administration, including HIV prevention and mental health care, Tarik currently serves as Practice Administrator for the Center for Health Empowerment at its Austin TX clinics.

Ryn Gonzales, MBA (they/them/theirs) Operations & Programs Director, Out Youth Ryn Gonzales is a bigender speaker, educator, and advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community. Ryn is the founder of The Ampersand Group, which helps organizations improve their LGBTQIA+ competency; the co-author of Trans+: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You, a growing-up guide for trans and non-binary youth; and the Operations & Programs Director at Out Youth, an Austin-based nonprofit that has served LGBTQIA+ youth for 31 years. Ryn has worked in the nonprofit sector, specifically youth advocacy and organizing, for 15 years. They have facilitated state-wide youth lobby days, organized state-wide conferences on youth leadership and empowerment, and created the Queer Youth Media Project during their time at the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival. They also serve as Chair of the City of Austin's LGBTQ+ Quality of Life Commission, which advises the Austin City Council on issues impacting queer people. Ryn's research into the evolutionary importance of storytelling in our everyday lives heavily influences their work and continually seeks new ways for youth to share their stories with the world.

Priscilla Hale, MSW (she/her/hers) Executive Director, allgo

Priscilla A Hale, MSW, is the Executive Director of allgo, a queer people of color organization. She has been with the organization for over 23 years in various capacities. She has extensive experience in the areas of community organizing, health and wellness programming, production of cultural work, and nonprofit administration. Priscilla is an East Austin, Texas native; her family has been in the Austin area for generations. She earned her Masters of Social Work Degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX.


This webinar is the third in a three-part series on Equity. The first sessions are linked below:

Can't make this session? Keep your eye on our Past Events page to watch the recording or join us at another of our upcoming virtual events below!


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