On October 17th, Atlanta will welcome a legion of purple-clad activists, publishers, bloggers, and producers eager to participate in the Salon LGBTQ, a series of seminars devoted to discussing and developing the role of social media in the LGBT experience. Participants will be drawn from a large range of backgrounds, from business executives exploring new methods to engage with customers via social media to proud parents blogging about their children's experiences as LGBT youth. Additional topics include balancing work and home life while blogging, learning about changing trends in social media, and the most effective ways to get one's voice heard. For those interested in sharing their stories and affecting positive social change, the Salon LGBTQ is an exciting opportunity to learn about establishing an online presence and joining the conversation. It lasts from the 17th to the 19th and registration is still open.
Speakers include Renée Brown, Michael Crawford, Gabe Briones, Nichelle Stephens, Matt Tumminello, Sarah Frantz, Chris Spargo, Neo L. Sandja, Megan Volpert, Ryan Davis and more.
As October 17th is coincidentally Spirit Day as well (if you haven't yet taken the pledge to go purple, please do so at http://glaad.org/spiritday), Salon LGBTQ will be encouraging guests to don purple in solidarity with LGBT youth. They will also be hosting a purple-themed Reception party at the Renaissance Midtown hotel from 6-7:30pm where guests can mingle and network with the events featured speakers. Don't forget to wear purple while travelling to let everyone know where you stand on LGBT bullying and arrive in Atlanta in style.
Founded in 2010, Spirit Day is an international, united stand against bullying and show of support for LGBT teens and young adults everywhere. Participants can get into the spirit by:
- Turning your Facebook, Twitter and other profile photos purple at www.glaad.org/spiritday and spreading the word by using hashtag #SpiritDay
- Wearing purple on October 17 and encouraging classmates or coworkers to do the same
- Uploading photos of you wearing purple to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr using hashtag #SpiritDay
- Downloading the Spirit Day App
- Educating your friends and family about bullying and the LGBT community
- Getting your school, GSA, organization, etc. to become a Spirit Day partner