February 24, 2021 at 4:54 pm EST | by Philip Van Slooten
Panel discussion on LGBTQ media representation
Less Prejudice, gay news, Washington Blade
Darryl Stephens (Photo courtesy of Stephens)

Pride and Less Prejudice, an organization providing free, age-appropriate LGBTQ-inclusive books to pre-K to 3rd grade classrooms, hosts a “See Yourself, Be Yourself” panel discussion on the importance of LGBTQ media representation Saturday, Mar. 20 at 2 p.m. via Zoom.

“Seeing characters whose experiences reflect our own affirms that our feelings are valid,” said gay “Noah’s Arc” actor and panel participant Darryl Stephens. “And that we too, deserve to be loved.”

Tickets start at $20 and proceeds help provide free LGBTQ-inclusive books to classes in the U.S. and Canada. Pride and Less Prejudice has raised more than $20,000 and donated more than 1,200 affirming books to classrooms in the U.S. and Canada since their founding in 2019.

The diverse panelists for this virtual discussion, moderated by Tagg Magazine Editor-in-Chief Eboné Bell, also include transgender actress and activist Nicole Maines from “Supergirl” and bisexual actress and singer Lauren Patten from the Broadway musical “Jagged Little Pill.”

“Their work playing LGBTQ characters on television, in movies, and on Broadway has been revolutionary and speaks to the importance of LGBTQ representation,” said the group’s founder Lisa Forman in a press release. “Which helps foster acceptance and inclusivity worldwide.”

For tickets and details, visit prideandlessprejudice.org/event-registration.

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