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SXSW Interactive 2015

Write the Next Chapter in the LGBT Movement

As the battle for marriage equality now becomes a question of when and not if, LGBT organizations are eager to keep supporters mobilized in the fight for greater equality here at home and abroad.

In the past decade, digital innovation has provided ways for the LGBT community to connect, share stories, advocate and ultimately win hearts and minds. It's helped broken down barriers and given birth to many campaigns from the It Gets Better Project to the Human Rights Campaign’s Red Logo effort.

Many LGBT & allied advocates have attended the SXSW LGBT meet ups and found them useful for networking. This conversation builds on them by encouraging community members to take part in a conversation on how we can write the next chapter of the LGBT movement together with digital innovation.

While conversation will include a variety of LGBT advocates and organization representatives, its goal will be to tap fresh solutions from fresh faces.

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  2. Keeping Supporters Engaged: With marriage equality victories piling up, how do we keep the community engaged to tackle other issues like discrimination, bullying, and full L, G, B & T equality?
  3. Going International: It's difficult for many organizations to rally support for projects abroad. With the long list of countries with draconian laws making being LGBT illegal, how do we mobilize people in the U.S. to help? How do organizations effectively help from abroad and prevent backlash (like what many say happened in Uganda)?
  4. Giving Back: Less than 5% of the LGBT population gives to LGBT charitable causes annually. Given that some colleges have over a 50% giving rate, why is LGBT giving so low? How do we increase this percentage?
  5. Call to Action: As a leader in your particular industry, what could be done to advance LGBT equality within it? What can you or your industry provide to assist the LGBT movement and the organizations that support it?



Scott Zumwalt, Senior Director, Bully Pulpit Interactive

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  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Core Conversation
  • Track: Non-Profit and Activism
  • Level: Intermediate
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