Lead With Pride conference returns in 2024 with new date
January 8, 2024
Educate, act, transform — these are the values behind this year’s Lead With Pride Summit, ACSA’s annual event that provides California educators some of the tools and resources they need to establish safe and affirming spaces on their school sites for LGBTQIA+ students and staff.
This year, Lead With Pride is scheduled for March 17-19 in Anaheim, a change from the May conferences of the last two years. The first event took place in 2022 in Oceanside, where more than 200 educators gathered to hear from presenters on subjects such as the “Gender Galaxy” and including queerness in school curriculum.
In 2023, more than 300 attendees came together in San Diego to discuss supporting trans and nonbinary youth, laws that protect LGBTQIA+ students and more. Keynote speakers ALOK and Michelle Meow shared their own LGBTQIA+ experiences, and a student panel informed educators on the kind of supports they need in order to express their true identities in schools and feel safe.
This year’s theme for Lead With Pride is “Educate, Act, Transform: Uniting for LGBTQIA+ Inclusivity in All Schools.” One of the core goals of the event is for educators to deepen their commitment to freedom, justice and equity for all LGBTQIA+ people.
Attendees in 2023 shared in their conference feedback that the event was transformative.
“It was life-changing for me to see all these wonderful people together and the supportive administrators willing to do the uncomfortable work of bringing this content back to schools,” one attendee said. “It felt like I was part of an environment that was loving towards all human experiences, and that is rare!”
Another attendee: “I am excited to put my new knowledge into action and I feel I am more ready to support those [that] want to be themselves.”
Lead With Pride Summit
What: Two days of sessions designed for California educators to learn the tools they need to create safe and affirming spaces for LGBTQIA+ students and staff. When: March 17-19, 2024 Where: The Westin Anaheim Resort, Anaheim Register: bit.ly/leadwithpride2024
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