Friday Keynote 5:30 pm


Kevin Jennings, Assistant Deputy Secretary

United States Department of Education

Kevin Jennings was appointed by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in July 2009 as assistant deputy secretary to head the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. Jennings brings to this role over two decades of experience as a writer, a teacher, and a leader in the fields of K-12 education and civil rights. Read more.....

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Why Should You Attend?


Student/Parent Attendance
CESCaL is partnering with PFLAG and GLSEN chapters to sponsor student and parent attendance on Sunday Morning.
L. Stuart Milk
Dear Harvey Performance
Special Performance Friday Evening

Drawn from over thirty interviews conducted by Patricia Loughrey, Dear Harvey recounts the achievements and vision of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to a major public office in the United States. The tribute play weaves together the voices of a drag queen, a State Senator, an international gay rights activist, and a nineteen-year-old composer with the personal and political writings of Harvey Milk to paint a portrait of a leader, and a vision for equality.

Dear Harvey is based on interviews with Harvey's nephew Stuart Milk, Harvey's campaign manager Anne Kronenberg, AIDS Quilt founder Cleve Jones, California State Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, activist Robin Tyler, plus other community activists, and is supported with original music by Thomas Hodges and historical photos of Harvey Milk by Daniel Nicoletta. This special reading of Dear Harvey is being presented with the assistance of San Diego's Diversionary Theatre, where the work was originally commissioned in April 2009. More information about Diversionary can be found at

Get your NOH8 Photo taken by celebrity photographer and NOH8 campaign creator Adam Bouska Friday Night after Dear Harvey during Happy Hour in the Hotel lounge

Conference Schedule

Conference registration and check in will open at 4:00 pm. Please join us from 4:30 - 5:30 pm for Hors D’oeuvres and no-host cocktails. Kevin Jennings, our Opening Keynote will begin promptly at 5:30 pm. Please plan to arrive no later than 5:00 pm.

Saturday begins at 7:30 am with continental breakfast. Conference program begins at 8:00 am. Lunch will be provided. Sessions end at 5:00 pm. Optional Cultural Plunge starts at 6:00 pm.

Sunday begins with 7:30 continental breakfast. Sessions start at 8:15 am and the conference ends at 12:30 pm.

CLICK HERE for Conference Program as of 2/22/2011

Conference News


San Diego Gay and Lesbian News

READ our FIRST Article on the 2011 Conference by Morgan M. Hurley

READ our SECOND Article on the 2011 Conference by Morgan M . Hurley

READ our THIRD Article on the 2011 Conference by Morgan M . Hurley

SPECIAL SCREENING of "Prayers for Bobby" with an Introduction and Q&A by Daniel Sladek

Special guest: Emmy Award ® and Producers Guild of America Award ® nominated executive producer Daniel Sladek. Sladek is also the recipient of the 2010 PFLAG National Entertainment Industry Leadership Award.

Nominated for two Emmy Awards ('Best Picture' & 'Best Actress'), "Prayers for Bobby" is the winner of the 2010 GLAAD AWARD as well as the Entertainment Industries Council PRISM AWARD (awarded in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Senator Kehoe will welcome the attendees Friday evening. Pictured here with Conference Co-Chairs Vincent Pompei and Trish Hatch.

San Diego Mayor Sanders will welcome conference goers Saturday morning. He is pictured here with his daughter Lisa and conference co-chairs at a Harvey Milk Foundation Fundraiser in San Diego.

Pre-Conference Workshops
Safe Zones provides an accepting and pro-active environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) students, faculty, staff, administrators and allies.
Cultural Plunge

This exciting event will immerse you into the LGBTQI nightlife in San Diego! Provided FREE to all conference attendees, we will explore the supports that San Diego has for the LGBTQIA community and to plunge you into San Diego's LGBT social scene. We will begin with a tour of San Diego's Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Community Center.

This cultural plunge will provide attendees an opportunity to learn about various supports that communities have and the ways in which your students and stakeholders can benefit from them. Following the tour of the Center, we will take a walking tour through San Diego's Hillcrest neighborhood with various stops along the way to eat, socialize and explore. The tour will be educational and social.

"SPONSOR ONE" Campaign



For only $249 you can help LGBT Youth!

Educators are submitting requests for sponsorship.

They WANT to come to the conference, but can’t afford it.

Will YOU Sponsor ONE educator to come?

Our youth need your support.

Your sponsorship of $249 will empower one educator to

create change for LGBTQIA youth in schools. might just save a life.

School Counselor Advocate Award


Do you know a school counselor that deserves to be recognized for their dedication to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, & Ally (LGBTQIA) Youth Advocacy? Nomination

We are in search of an exceptional school counselor who has gone above and beyond the call of duty as a leader and advocate for the LGBTQIA youth. Nominations are closed. Thank you to all who nominated.

Conference Hotel
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2011 Conference Endorsed by:


The National Coalition of American Nuns

City of San Diego Human Relations Commission

We are proud to announce the following organizations who will be participating in our conference this year:

American Psychological Association
Trevor Project
Human Rights Campaign
GSA Network
Project 10
Family Acceptance Project
Matthew Shepard Foundation
Campus Pride
Lambda LegalACLU
Stop The Hate Program
Give A Damn Campaign
Faith in America
Like Me Foundation

NEAThe National Education Association Health Information Network salutes the International Educator Conference: LGBTQIA Youth. We know that much work remains to afford equal opportunity to LGBT youth. American’s future depends on our ability to raise the next generation of adults in a supportive environment, helping every youth become the most productive citizen possible. This can only happen when families, schools and communities are committed to providing their LGBT youth the protection and support needed for them to live safe, healthy and supportive adolescent lives.-Jerald Newberry
Executive Director, NEA Health Information Network

Featured Speakers
Award Winning Country Music Singer/Songwriter Recently came out as a Lesbian in newly authored book: "Like Me"
Founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation. Senior leader in the policy and implementation of programs for under-privileged and at-risk youth
Executive Director, Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
National Advocate. Mother of 11-Year-Old Carl Walker-Hoover who committed Suicide after Enduring Anti-Gay Bullying at School
Clinical Social Worker
Director/Founder of the Family Acceptance Project™
2010-2011 President, American School Counseling Association Immediate Past President, Georgia School Counselor Association
(2008-2010) Secondary Level
Vice President, (ASCA)
Director of Guidance and Student Support Services Monson High School, MA
Professor and Coordinator, Counselor Education/School Counseling CUNY/Lehman College
Associate Professor of School Counseling CUNY/ Hunter College, New York
Superintendent, San Diego Unified School District
Associate Professor Rutgers Graduate School of Education
President, California Association of School Counselors (CASC)
President, California Teachers Association (CTA)
Executive Director, Trevor Project
Conference Contact

CONTACT US:  (760) LGBTQIA [542-8742]


CEU's are available! WE ARE PLEASED TO OFFER MFT and LCSW CEU's (up to 16)

Our Sponsors

LGBTQI Youth Advocate HonoreeThe Give a Damn Campaign is a project of Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund. The True Colors Fund works to inspire and engage everyone, especially the straight community, to get involved in the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality and raise awareness about and bring an end to GLBT youth homelessness.

As an advocate for more than 25 years, Cyndi has worked to bring her straight peers on board in support of equality. As she says, “If one of us is not equal, none of us are.”

Cyndi Lauper will be on tour during the conference; however Gregory Lewis, Executive Director of the True Colors Fund will be present to accept the award on behalf of Cyndi and the Give A Damn Campaign.