Guest Speaker - Tuesday, April 22 @ 7:00 PM
Q&A and Meet and Greet @ 8:00 PM
Everyone is Gay
LGBTQ Youth and Equality Champions and Humorists
Founded in 2010 by Kristin Russo and Dannielle Owens-Reid, Everyone Is Gay began as an advice website for all with an emphasis on LGBTQ youth. Through an integration of humor, honesty, and pictures of kittens on several social media outlets, Kristin and Dannielle found that they were able to support these youth while keeping them laughing. In 2011, Everyone Is Gay began visiting schools and community centers to reach a larger audience and to continue promoting a message of equality. Everyone Is Gay promotes peer advocacy and provides resources and outreach to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth. By engaging audiences through evolving social media networks and community events, Everyone Is Gay seeks to constantly examine how LGBTQ issues intersect with other communities, and to utilize laughter, honesty, and dialogue as tools for further action. Everyone Is Gay envisions and works to create a future where people are kind to one another, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity; a future where we allow ourselves to connect across socially constructed divides through laughter and honesty; a future where human equality is realized through accessible, daily acts of change. Dannielle Owens-Reid graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Performance, and then spent three years in Chicago studying improv and sketch comedy (that's where the funny comes from). During that time she was also teaching drama to kids ages 8 - 18. Dannielle is the creator of Lesbians Who Look Like Justin Bieber, was the runner-up to be the first ever MTVTJ (twitter jockey) and ran social media for Virgin Mobile on the Lady Gaga Monster Ball Tour. She believes herself to be a "stellar problem solver," has the ability to see both sides of the situation #libra, and gets her dance moves from her dad.
Kristin Russo holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theater, but gained most of her dramatic preparation for Everyone Is Gay while lip-syncing to Wilson Phillips and TLC. After moving to NYC in 2000 and running her own theater company for three years, she began volunteering at The Hetrick-Martin Institute (a service provider for LGBTQ youth and the home of the Harvey Milk High School). Inspired by the students and faculty at Hetrick-Martin, she returned to school and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Gender Studies. She has a cat named Trey, a penchant for crossword puzzles, and a deep-seated appreciation for Italian Ice.