June 23, 2022
9:00 am

The Conference

Watch the Live Stream below at 11:00am EDT

NYC Pride’s annual symposium of transformative changemakers in the queer community

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Doors 9:00am EDT | Streaming Live at 11am EDT

New York Law School, 185 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Networking, Coffee/Tea + Breakfast

Auditorium and Grand Gallery, Level A | 9:00AM – 9:45AM

Opening Plenary

Auditorium, Level A | 10:00AM – 10:45AM

NYC Pride Welcome: Sandra Pérez, NYC Pride Executive Director

New York Law School Welcome: Dean of NYLS

Opening Performance: keiyaA

Opening Plenary Keynote Speaker: Chase Strangio


11:00AM – 11:45AM

The Storytelling Lab With Film Fatale | Short Films

Auditorium, Level A

How Not to Date While Trans directed by Nyala Moon | Light in Dark Places directed by Lagueria Davis | The Young King directed by Larin Sullivan | To The Future With Love directed by Shaleece Haas

Three Key Strategies to Set Your Organization Up for Success with On-Ramps

W300, Level 3

Imani Doyle (she/hers) | Sarah Grayson (she/hers) | Shanna Masdea (she/hers)

The On-Ramps team break down why structuring an equitable search process, investing in your staff, and rigorously assessing your organization's culture are essential to a strong team and give you an actionable roadmap to success.

Youth for Youth

Main Stage Events Center, Level 2

Sage Dolan-Sandrino, Jared/Ocean Ruiz, Monet Umana, Zach Koung, Moderated by: Dr. David Johns

It is important to center the experts in conversations about what young people need to feel safe and thrive, which is why this session features youth experts in conversation with one another about what thriving looks like, how they are supporting one another, and the role for caring and concerned adults to play in ensuring that they are safe, happy, healthy, and whole.

Northwell Health Mental Health Panel

301, Level 3

Dr. Shervin Shadianloo, MD (He/Him), Dr. Vera Feuer (She/Her), Dr. Eric Ascher, DO (He/Him), Carmine DeSena, CRC, LMHC (He/Him), Maliq Mendez, MBA Candidate (He/Him)

Northwell Health will be participating in a mental health panel with interdisciplinary professionals, representing the Freidman Transgender Center in Manhattan, and Zucker Hillside Hospital, a large mental health facility and psychiatric center in Long Island. This group will discuss mental health outcomes as it relates to the pandemic, barriers experienced by LGBTQIA+ communities, available resources from Northwell Health, best practices around caring for others, and navigating mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If These Ovaries Could Talk

W320, Level 3

Jamime and E-, hosts of the award winning podcast "If These Ovaries Could Talk," are going live for Pride! Our hosts humorously go in depth with weekly guests about their queer families: how they make them and how they show up in a world designed for the straights. This live episode will feature special guest Trevi Moran!


12:00PM – 12:45PM

The Storytelling Lab with Carmen Carrera

Auditorium, Level A

Carmen Carrera, Moderator: Meredith Clark (The Independent)

The Fashion and Beauty industries have long been held up by the members of the queer community, but changemakers like Carmen Carrera have gone the extra mile to fight for inclusivity, visibility and success.

Unapologetic Creative

W300, Level 3

Moderator: David A. Correa, Panelist: Julie Stahl (Owner/Founder)

Discussing the creative process through the lens of the NYC Pride visual Campaign. Blonde & Co. is the woman owned business that brought the 2022 theme, Unapologetically Us,to life.

Serving Body

Main Stage Events Center, Level 2

Kidd Kenn with Victor Jackson

Rapper Kidd Kenn sits down with Artist & Creative Director, Victor Jackson to discuss his new single 'Body', navigating the industry as Black queer artists, and finding the confidence to own your truth on every stage.

Ensuring Our Babies Thrive (For caring and concerned adults)

W301, Level 3

Moderator: Dr. David Johns, Melanie Willingham-Jaggers, Dr. Kiara Butler, JR Ford

After youth experts inform understandings of and approaches to ensuring that diverse queer youth thrive, practitioners responsible for supporting the learning and development of queer youth will discuss promising and proven strategies.

Voguing Then and Now: Puerto Rican Legacies in Ballroom

W320, Level 3

Luna Ortiz (GMHC), Dominican Cesar Valentino, Edrimael Delgado, Moderated by Celiany Rivera-Velázquez

This panel reflects on voguing then (1980s to 2000s) and voguing now (2000s to 2020’s). Emerging from Harlem, ballroom culture has expanded quickly throughout the world in the last decades. Latin America and the Caribbean countries have not been the exception. Kiki scenes have been traced in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and Colombia since 2013. Also, despite the apparent historical disconnection with their diasporas, the Spanish-speaking Caribbean has also seen the emergence of vibrant ballroom scenes and families in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico since 2017 and 2018. Across all these spaces, ballroom has kept a consistent theme: to challenge the “marginalization of LGBTQ BIPOC lives that make up ball culture” (Tucker, 2021, p. xiii).

Lunch & Networking | Rooftop

1:00PM – 2:00PM


2:15PM – 3:00PM

Building Relationships with Audiences

W320, Level 3

David Lauterstein - Founder/CEO, Nasty Pig Incorporated | Bradley Miller - Creative Director, Phluid Project | Kiyanna Stewart and Jannah Handy, BLK MKT Vintage | Moderated by: Jose Ramos

In a world where so many of us are tied to our screens and our go-to purchases are just a few clicks away, how do brands stand out? What are some marketing strategies that new business owners can leverage to build their audiences? What social media tactics have a proven success record? Come hear from experts that have cracked the code!

Maddy-Festng with Ts Madison

Main Stage Events Center, Level 2

Everyone is manifesting these days, but hear from someone who created their destiny through the power of positive thinking and let's get Maddy-Festing!

From Lavoe to “The Ha”: Movement Dialogue with Ricans who Vogue (Open Movement Session)


Luna Ortiz (GMHC), Dominican Cesar Valentino, Edrimael Delgado, Moderated by Celiany Rivera-Velázquez


3:15PM – 4:00PM

Fireside Chat | Inclusive Hospitality: Beyond the exclusivity of the velvet ropes

Auditorium, Level A

Prince A. Sanders, Moderated by: David Correa

Disclosure: The urgent issues surround the film’s topics

W300, Level 3

Sam Feder, Film Maker and Hope Giselle

For the community, by the community: How brands can deliver authentic Pride all year long

Main Stage Events Center, Level 2

Moderated by: Randall Tucker – Chief Inclusion Officer, Mastercard | Shanée Benjamin -  Art Director and Illustration Artist | Sandra Pérez - Executive Director, NYC Pride | Peppermint - Actress, Singer, Songwriter, TV Personality, Drag Queen, and Activist

The State of LGBT Pride Organizations

W301, Level 3

Julian Sanjivan, Interpride | Sue Doster, NYC Pride | Kate Wickett, Sydney WorldPride

Film screening & talk back | Showing PORNO MELODRAMA

W320, Level 3

Romas Zabarauskas

From the Berlinale debut of his short PORNO MELODRAMA (2011) to his third feature THE LAWYER (2020) – selected for 30+ festivals, including 7 opening, centerpiece or closing ceremonies – Romas Zabarauskas is an inspiring queer success from the New East. This Baltic enfant terrible introduced diversity to Lithuanian screens, delivering genre-bending films and reflecting on the (im)possibility of meaningful political action. Based in Vilnius with his fiancé Kornelijus, Romas gives back to the LGBT+ community through his activism, recognized with the Harvey Milk Foundation’s LGBTQ Champion Award in 2021.


Brandon Wolf

Main Stage Events Center, Level 2

4:15PM – 5:15PM

Happy Hour Networking

Open Bar and hors d'oeuvres


5:30PM – 7:00PM

NYC Pride is committed to bringing the community together in person with basic safety precautions in place to ensure we can celebrate Pride with the lowest possible risk.

  • Mask wearing is required in all spaces.
  • Hand sanitizing stations available
  • Guests will be asked to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test result

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