Advocates and allies will gather in L.A. to discuss solutions to problems plaguing the LGBTQ community’s youth at the 2017 EDGY Conference.
Penny Lane Centers — a Southern California child and family welfare group — organized the event, which provides awareness on issues affecting LGBTQ kids and families to professionals in the social services communities.
“Every kid needs voice — but especially the LGBT community,” says Wendy Carpenter, Penny Lane’s associate executive director. “We bring together people from all over the state of California to advocate for the LGBT youth and families. We hear from youth and families and other professionals working with the LGBT community to come up with best practices so that we can all create a warm welcoming and affirming and environment.”
At the EDGY (“Embracing the Diversity of GLBTQ Youth and Families”) Conference, held Friday in L.A., professionals and experts will host an array of sessions, ranging from homelessness and advocacy to mental health, parenting and safe schooling.
“We hope people walk away from the EDGY Conference inspired, encouraged and empowered,” adds Carpenter. “EDGY started as a grassroots effort to better support the LGBT community. We hope people walk away with the tools to do the same thing in their own communities.”