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The 2020–2021 Virtual Equity & Inclusion Speaker Series continues Wednesday, March 24 with Tiq Milan, an advocate, journalist, and leading voice in transgender equality. Milan will talk about his transgender experience and how defining ourselves for ourselves can result in more love.

Milan will discuss “How We Queer Our Lives to Be Free” via Zoom at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24. RSVP here for the event. 

“Tiq Milan is a dynamic and engaging speaker, and I am really excited to have him be part of this series,” says Assistant Director of Equity and Inclusion Debbie Bensadon. “We are thrilled to invite those in our extended community to hear from Tiq and learn, engage, and connect.”

An advocate in the LGBTQIA+ community for over a decade, Milan is also a writer and consultant who carved a niche for himself as a media advocate and one of the leading voices for transgender equality. Milan shares his story of being transgender and how that informs his views on masculinity, race and gender. He writes about pop culture, inclusive leadership, transgender rights, and equity. A journalist for over a decade, his work has appeared on MIC, Buzzfeed, NBC, CNN, HBO and Netflix, among others. His 2016 TED Talk “A Queer Vision of Love and Marriage” alongside his wife, Kim Katrin Milan, has been viewed over 3 million times and continues to inform and inspire people all over the world. Learn more about Milan on his website.

Sixteen independent schools have joined together to present the 2020–2021 Virtual Equity & Inclusion Speaker Series. The hope is to further our communities’ educational experiences by offering access to learning from national speakers during online events. Previous speakers included Joy DeGruy, Farzana Nayani and Chris Crass.

The last speaker in this series will be nationally recognized and locally based author Ijeoma Oluo, author of “So You Want to Talk About Race” and the new book “Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America.” She will speak via Zoom on May 18. Attendees must RSVP to receive the Zoom link for each event.

Please RSVP for the Tiq Milan talk “How We Queer Our Lives to Be Free” at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24.

Learn more about Lakeside’s work in diversity, equity, and inclusion on our DEI webpage. Learn about the current initiative, Our Work Together, and review the initiative dashboard at