Remembering Stonewall Conference

October 26, 2019

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach Florida

On June 28, 1969 New York City Police conducted a raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village.

Homosexuality was illegal and police harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning people (LGBTQ) was a common occurrence. But this night those who were beaten and arrested resisted, emboldened perhaps, by the civil rights and women’s movements. The riot continued over the next 5 days and was a catalyst in galvanizing the LGBTQ community and paving the way for the Gay Rights movement. On June 24, 2016 the Stonewall Inn became a National Monument making it the first United States National Monument designated as an LGBTQ historic site and the first site to fly an officially maintained LGBTQ rainbow flag at a federal monument.

Our 50th anniversary celebration and commemoration, in Daytona Beach, will acknowledge the events that took place at the Stonewall Inn and explore what the LGBTQ Community has achieved in the last half century.

Join us on October 26th for a day of speakers, presentations, and entertainment with community members from across the area. Thanks to our sponsors we are able to provide this conference at no cost to the public. We do ask that you pre-register using the form below in order to help us prepare for the day. Seating is limited so please register early if you plan to attend!

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Conference Schedule

  • 8am to 9am - Registration

  • 9am to 10am - Meet & Greet Coffee Hour

  • 10am - Welcome and Keynote Address by Phoenix Jackson

  • 11am - Workshops - Session 1

  • 12pm - Break for Lunch - Embry Riddle School Cafe will be available and there are many options near by campus

  • 1:30pm - Workshops - Session 2

  • 2:45pm - Workshops - Session 3

  • 4pm - Closing Presentations and Drag Show hosted by Ginger Beer and featuring TBA

Keynote Address by Phoenix Jackson

Phoenix shares his story as a transgender person and the adversity and obstacles he faced during his transition. There are alarming suicide rates among transgender persons and Phoenix shares his story to give insight and bring a message of hope to anyone considering suicide.

Workshop Details


Session One

11:00am to 12:00pm

  • Ask an Attorney with Marla Rawnsley of Rawnsley Law - Audience led question and answer session. Questions can be submitted anonymously.

  • Faith and Diversity Panel Discussion with TBA -


Session Two

1:30pm to 2:30pm

  • Families in Tradition - A panel discussion with families from a variety of backgrounds talking about their challenges, fears, and triumphs experienced as families in the LGBTQ community.

  • Drag Culture - Join area Drag Performers and hear their story and what the drag community means to them followed by a question an answer session.


Session Three

2:45pm to 3:45pm

  • Being an Ally with Pattie Peace of Transformations Counseling - What are the best ways to support your LGBTQ community and how do you become an effective ally.

  • Transgender and Non Gender Binary Caucus with Ashley Figueroa

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