Queer Magic: Unicorns for Justice

LGBTQ2SIA+ communities have long had to imagine and innovate relentlessly in their struggles for dignity and equality. In the face of newly empowered homophobic reactionary forces, queer visionaries have been engaging in ever more social, cultural, political and artistic creativity, forging new paths in a dazzling variety of forms. In this session we will hear from three inspiring, impressive and remarkably diverse innovators: Taylor Brorby, essayist, poet, environmentalist and author of the extraordinary memoir, Boys and Oil: Growing Up Gay in a Fractured Land; Niko Alexandre, a Black Queer forester and co-creator of the Shelterwood Collective, dedicated to a vision of Queer and Indigenous land stewardship and Afro-Indigenous food systems;  Ashara Ekundayo, a queer, Black feminist interdisciplinary curator, cultural theologian, maker and the Founder/Director at Artist As First Responder.  Moderated by Kristin Rothballer, independent consultant and Senior Fellow at the Center for Whole Communities.

Crystal Ballroom, Hotel Shattuck Plaza

April 7th | 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm


Ashara Ekundayo
Founder and Director
Artist As First Responder
Nikola Alexandre
Co-Creator & Stewardship Lead
Shelterwood Collective
Taylor Brorby
Fellow in Environmental Humanities and Environmental Justice
Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah
Kristin Rothballer
Senior Fellow
Center for Whole Communities
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