GLSEN Pittsburgh presents PA youth conference

Pittsburgh will make history July 17-19 when it hosts “Unified for Youth,” Pennsylvania’s first statewide conference for LGBT youth, their families and straight allies.

The event is being sponsored by the Pittsburgh chapter of GLSEN in cooperation with Persad Center, PFLAG, Dreams of Hope and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

Highlights include: workshops such as “What Is Gender Identity” and “Bullying—an Epidemic;” panel discussions; a keynote address by Stephen A. Glassman, chairman of the PA Human Relations Commission; and a sneak preview of Out in the Silence, a documentary produced by Oil City natives Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer.

“I think the ‘Unified for Youth” conference is a monumental accomplishment of GLSEN,” said Ian Syphard, co-chair of GLSEN’s board of directors.

“Even people who are sympathetic to gay and lesbian issues seem to forget about the American student population. Students who identify [as] LGBT or are even perceived to be LGBT are facing some of the toughest challenges right in their classrooms.”

A $25 registration covers all cost of the conference materials, admission to film screening, three meals on Saturday and breakfast Sunday morning. Additional attendees from the same family pay only $10.

All events will be held downtown at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

For more info or to download a registration application, visit www.glsenpgh.com.