We're delighted to reveal our speakers for this year's Youth Conference!

Taking place on Saturday 1st June, we're inviting LGBTQ+ people aged 16-25 to a one day national conference in central London. The event is a chance to meet like-minded people from all over the UK and participate in panels and workshops with incredible LGBTQ+ speakers from around the world. Travel support is available for those outside of London - find out more here. 


Meet our incredible speakers from around the world:

 

  


Crayola the Queen will be our MC for the day! Crayola, AKA London’s America’s Sweetheart, has been storming the London scene with her unique brand of campy, cute, cartoonish comedy.

Our Keynote will be Sadie Sinner, founder and curator of The Cocoa Butter Club, who showcase and celebrate Performers of Colour, and Entertainment & Production Manager of UK Black Pride. 

Rivianna Hyatt, Youth Collaboration Program Officer at True Colors United, an LGBTQ+ youth homelessness charity based in the USA, will not only be a part of our Youth Conference panel, but she will also be running one of the workshops on the day! Rivianna’s workshop will be on maintaining a strong sense of self outside of LGBTQ+ spaces and engaging with allies.

Tanya Compas is the Youth Engagement Officer at UK Black Pride and Caseworker at akt, whilst freelancing as a writer and speaker. Tanya is committed to ‘existing loudly’ and ensuring young LGBTQ+ people are able to live their best unapologetic, queer lives.

Danielle Ehsanipour is a Special Projects Manager at The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people. Danielle’s background is in education and strategic planning, and they are interested in how technology can facilitate connection and empower communities to transform mental, physical, and social well-being.

We will also be joined by Hakim Mazano from Le Refuge, a French organisation dedicated to preventing isolation and suicide among LGBTQ+ youth that have experienced intolerance and prejudice at home.

Kakhan Qureshi, leader of the Birmingham South Asians LGBT support group, will be running a workshop on faith and religion, sharing his experience on the intersection of religion and the LGBTQ+ experience.

The fabulous Ellen Jones will be running the Making Change workshop, giving you an insight into activism and campaign training. In 2017 Ellen was named Stonewall’s Young Campaigner of the Year and the following year she went on to win the first ever MTV EMA Generation Change Award in recognition for her campaign work.

Writer, make-up artist, model and public speaker Umber Ghauri will be joining us as a panel speaker for our closing panel, stronger communities include everyone.

Leading our creative workshop at this year’s Youth Conference will be the brilliant visual artist and design educator, Soofiya! Soofiya comments on gender, race, politics and bodies in both art and writing.

The brilliant creator and intersex activist Anick will be joining us on our panel at this year's Youth Conference. Anick was our key note speaker at last year's Youth Conference and he offers valuable and fascinating insight into the world of activism.

Currently studying Politics and International Relations and the founder of the QTIPOC Society at the University of Manchester, Mwansomeka Mutale strives to bring inclusivity into LGBTQ+ spaces in and beyond the university environment. She is a part of Fusion, the youth group for LGBT BME young people based in Manchester. 


Register your free place at our youth conference here


Below is the schedule for the day. We still have lots of exciting speakers to reveal, so stay tuned and follow us on Instagram for all the latest updates!