Stonewall and Pulse survivors gather for special event in St. Pete

Metro Inclusive Health and The Dru Project just announced the the first-ever community-wide, intergenerational panel event featuring distinguished speakers that went through milestones in LGBTQ+ history.

This event is slated to be unlike any before it. The panelists experience everything from the Stonewall Riots and the Pulse Massacre to the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard.

First of its kind event in the Sunshine City

“The event is the first of its kind,” said Cole Foust, METRO’s LGBTQ+ Division Manager and panel moderator. “Generations will share their experiences as we aim to facilitate a space for the entire community to learn and connect about events every generation should know about and learn from.”

Hosted in the Grand Hall of METRO’s Burg headquarters, Wednesday, June 26th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, currently scheduled panelists include:

  • Brandon Wolf, Survivor of 2016 Pulse Massacre’
  • Christine Leinonen, Mother of 2016 Pulse Massacre Victim Christopher Leinone
  • Cristina Yelvington, Coordinator for LGBTQ+ Initiatives at University of South Florida
  • Jason Marsden, Executive Director of The Matthew Shepard Foundation
  • Jay Chetney, Stonewall Riots Activist

Just the beginning in a series of LGBTQ+ events

“We are fortunate to have diverse LGBTQ+ leaders on the panel to represent the history and evolution of the LGBTQ+ community,” Brian Bailey, Metro Inclusive Health’s CMO, emphasized. “We are stronger as a community when we reflect on where we’ve come from and what is still left to do.”

This is just the beginning of a series of Metro Inclusive Health events that showcase how the LGBTQ+ community has responded to moments of trauma and tragedy with activism and resilience.

If you’re in the mood to be inspired, we suggest you find your way to this event. The event takes place on Wednesday, June 26 from 6:30-8:30pm and it’s free and open to the public. Click here to register.

Written by Andrew Harlan

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