KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Janet Mock , the transgender activist, author, journalist, and executive producer of the television series Pose, is one of the most powerful voices for LGBTQ rights in America today.

“I believe that telling our stories, first to ourselves and then to one another and the world, is a revolutionary act. It is an act that can be met with hostility, exclusion, and violence. It can also lead to love, understanding, transcendence, and community.”

Janet Mock, the transgender activist, author, journalist, and executive producer of the television series Pose, is one of the most powerful voices for LGBTQ rights in America today. We’re thrilled and honored to announce that she will be joining ComNet19 on Thursday, October 3rd for a keynote conversation.

“There is no formula when it comes to gender and sexuality. Yet it is often only people whose gender identity and/or sexual orientation negates society’s heteronormative and cisnormative standards who are targets of stigma, discrimination, and violence. I wish that instead of investing in these hierarchies of what’s right and who’s wrong, what’s authentic and who’s not, and ranking people according to these rigid standards that ignore diversity in our genders and sexualities, we gave people freedom and resources to define, determine, and declare who they are.”

- Janet Mock, in her most recent book, Redefining Realness


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"My audacity, I would say, is driven by wanting to tackle the system. Not simply the problem. I think you have to do both.

"We will all, at some point, encounter hurdles to gaining access and entry, moving up and conquering self-doubt; but on the other side is the capacity to own opportunity and tell our own story."

Stacey Abrams, the activist, author, civil rights leader, lawmaker, and first African-American woman to deliver a response to the State of the Union will be joining ComNet19 on Friday, October 4th for a keynote conversation.

Stacey Abrams discusses her book "Minority Leader" at Politics and Prose on 4/25/18. The first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly, the first African American to lead in the House of Representatives, and now a candidate in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race, Abrams knows a lot about conventional skills like networking, persistence, and the value of mentors.