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NYC Pride announce the speakers for Human Rights Conference

Graham Robson June 16, 2019

Raquel Willis, Janet Mock, and Tracey “Africa” Norman will speak at the Human Rights Conference during NYC Pride, who is the official host of WorldPride 2019 | Stonewall 50.

THE conference which will take place from 9am at the New York Law School in New York on June 24 and 25 will gather activists, public figures, policymakers, and students for a two-day immersive session that explores LGBT+ human rights around the world. Expect presentations and performances, politics and policies, and academics and activism!

Raquel Willis
Raquel Willis

Raquel Willis, Out Magazine’s Executive Editor, will lead the keynote fireside discussion along with Janet Mock and Tracey Norman for the panel entitled, Marsha Wasn’t Alone | A Brief History of Black Trans Power: On the History of Black Trans Resistance and Resilience in the US and How Black Trans Organisers are Shaping a New Future, Today.

Raquel said: “Fifty years after those future-defining moments at Stonewall, let it be clear that Black trans women have been positively impacting the LGBT+ community since then – and long before.

“I’m honoured to share space with powerful possibility models Tracy “Africa” Norman and Janet Mock and dive deep into our experiences navigating the world in our full truths.”

Tracey “Africa” Norman was the first African-American transgender woman model to appear on a box of Clairol in the 1970s. Originally from Newark, New Jersey, she’s modelled and has been photographed for publications such as Essence, Vogue Italia and Harper’s Bazaar India. Norman also had a magazine cover and life story spread in New York Magazine.

Janet Mock
Janet Mock

Janet Mock,  a writer, director and producer whose memoir, Redefining Realness, debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers list in 2014, added: “I’m thrilled to be sharing space with an icon like Tracey “Africa” Norman who blazed trails for girls like us and Raquel Willis whose work moves our culture to deepen their understanding and empathy for trans folk everywhere. For three trans women of colour to occupy this space 50 years after Stonewall is a full circle moment — an homage to veterans like Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P Johnson and Miss Major Griffin-Gracy.”

To purchase online single and two-day general admission passes for the Human Rights Conference, click here: 

Tickets include breakfast, lunch, and coffee break networking throughout each day.

WorldPride 2019 | Stonewall 50 is comprised of more than 25 different events for LGBT+ and allied people during June. Throughout the course of the celebrations, all WorldPride events will adhere to the theme, Millions of Moments of Pride.

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