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Honing Your Narrative for Gender Health Advocacy

April 9 @ 8:00 pm9:30 pm EDT

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This 90 minute session will focus on how to share your story to advocate for gender health advocacy and even other topics of interest to you. The skills gained in this session can be used for op-ed writing, letters to the editor, testimony and more. There will be a worksheet that participants will get to help craft their story along with additional resources that can be used. The session will be moderated by Copello Health Advocacy Fellow, Nicole Damari.

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Speaker: Arli Christian

Arli Christian is a Campaign Strategist in the ACLU’s National Political Advocacy Department advancing legislative and administrative initiatives to support and protect LGBTQ people. Arli develops innovative campaigns to ensure all LGBTQ people have access to competent healthcare, accurate ID documents, safe housing, employment opportunities, and other rights and protections we need to survive and thrive. Arli is a lawyer admitted to practice in New York and Washington, D.C. and received a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law in 2013 and a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 2004. Prior to law school Arli worked at an immigration law firm in San Francisco and a financial non-profit focused on equitable and sustainable investments in Maryland. Arli speaks English and Spanish, grew up in New York City, and lives in the soon-to-be state of Washington, DC.

Speaker: Crispin Torres

Crispin Torres is principal and co-founder of Better World Collab, a social impact consultancy rooted in movement building and the creative arts. Crispin is a nationally recognized leader in the LGBTQ+ movement with over two decades of experience in campaign strategy, public education, and communications. His professional focus is in LGBTQ+ narrative shift strategy, public policy, and community engagement. He has served an array of leading local and national LGBTQ+ organizations such as Lambda Legal, AIDS United, The Transgender Strategy Center, Howard Brown Health, and Girls Rock! Chicago. He currently serves on the board of Brave Space Alliance–a black-led, trans-led LGBTQ+ center serving the Southside of Chicago. An activist and creative at heart, he firmly believes that the creative arts can teach us how to innovate the work of social change–and even more, propel us to build inertia for the road ahead.

Speaker: Rebecca Kling

Rebecca Kling is a principal and co-founder of Better World Collab, a social impact consultancy rooted in movement building and the creative arts, as well as co-author of The Advocate Educator’s Handbook: Creating Schools Where Transgender and Non-Binary Students Thrive. Rebecca’s advocacy work is rooted in a multidisciplinary approach to changing the world, with the understanding that there’s no one ‘right way to communicate’ that will land with everyone. She worked at the National Center for Transgender Equality to elevate transgender and allied voices in discussions of public education and policy, and spent more than a decade with Harbor Camps, a camp for transgender and non-binary youth. Rebecca firmly believes that understanding combats bigotry, and that everyone has the ability to push for a more just and equitable world.

Speaker: Nicole Damari

Nicole Damari recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati / Cincinnati Children’s Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics program. She received her undergraduate degree in biology and anthropology from Brown University in 2012, and her MS in pathobiology in 2013. Prior to medical school, she held an AmeriCorps VISTA position at the Arizona Department of Health Services in the Refugee Health Program. She attended medical school at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where she was involved in advocacy and services initiatives aimed at eliminating health disparities for all marginalized and underserved communities, and she continued that work in residency with specific focuses on LGBTQ health and refugee health. She is committed a career as a physician-advocate, advocating for her patients both inside and outside of the healthcare setting.


April 9
8:00 pm–9:30 pm EDT