In this episode, LaTonya is joined by Stacey Stevenson (she/they) who is the first Black Chief Executive Officer for Family Equality. LaTonya and Stacey discuss the historical and life saving work they have engaged in. They also share a few unconventional ways, beyond “allyship,” in which people can support the LGBTQ+ community.
A bit more about Stacey:
A powerful speaker and motivator, Stacey regularly shares their experiences growing up LGBTQ+ in the rural South, being pulled out of the closet, and navigating life as a Black queer parent.
Stacey’s advocacy has helped propel Family Equality further into the national spotlight with multiple appearances on The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart, a bipartisan panel discussion hosted at the U.S. Capitol, collaborations with movement partners, countless speaking engagements, and media appearances including an op-ed in USA TODAY. In the op-ed, Stacey shared their family’s story of moving from their home state of Texas in search of a more welcoming community. Stacey, wife Cheralyn, and 9-year-old twin boys Duke and London are enjoying the life they are building in Washington D.C.
Tips from Today’s Episode:
– Speak up when we (LGBTA+ folks) are not in the room
– Be more proactive and consistent within your organization
– Partner with others across differences
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