Generations of Pride: White House Hosts Panel on LGBT Stories

Generations of Pride: White House Hosts Panel on LGBT Stories

Click here to read “Generations of Pride” by Sara Lone of TheHumanist.com

On June 27, I had the pleasure of attending “Generations of Pride: A Celebration of LGBT Stories” at the White House. The auditorium was bursting with young, enthusiastic leaders, most of whom are completing internships here in DC for the summer. The event consisted of a panel of four individuals, young and old alike, whose life experiences within the LGBTQ community had recently been recorded and added to the StoryCorps archives; if you listen to NPR you’ve probably heard similar interviews before. StoryCorps is the nonprofit that collects these interviews with the belief that they have human value, are important, and can change minds. So far the organization has collected and archived more than 45,000 interviews with nearly 90,000 participants and just released their new campaign, “OutLoud,” amplifying the voices of the LGBTQ communities.

The four panel members chose a story from the LGBTQ archive, one they felt a connection with, and introduced it to the audience. After each story, the moderator would ask the panelist why they chose that story and then ask some personal questions about their own personal story. The panelists were chosen with the help of SAGE, which stands for “Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders,” the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to serving the LGBTQ community. These two organizations, combined with the White House Office of Public Engagement, hosted a momentous event where cross-generational dialogue was able to rejuvenate ideas and enthusiasm surrounding the LGBTQ movement.

Click here to read the rest of “Generations of Pride” by Sara Lone of TheHumanist.com