A slate of anti-LGBTQ laws and policies is sweeping across the country with transgender and gender-nonconforming people squarely in the crosshairs. It is our goal to work with advocates who support protecting and expanding the rights of our LGBTQIA community. This workshop will provide information and tools to assist in those advocacy efforts.

Location: Payden 102

Moderator: Shawna Knipper



Adalphie Johnson, Programs Director at SMYAL

Ms. Adalphie Johnson comes to SMYAL with over 8 years of program experience in the nonprofit arena, specifically in the Sexual Reproductive Health and Youth Development fields. A native Washingtonian, Ms. Johnson completed her education in Prince George’s County Public Schools and earned her Masters of Divinity from The Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. Through partnerships with DCPS, DCPCS, recreation centers, faith based institutions and a variety of other CBO’s and non-profits, Ms. Johnson has been able to create, support, provide and implement safe spaces and developmentally appropriate programming to support youth in the DMV.



Bob Alotta, Executive Director of Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

J. Bob Alotta is the Executive Director at the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, a global foundation based in NYC that provides critical resources to LGBTQI organizations and individuals around the world. Bob is a lifelong activist and an accomplished filmmaker with a track record of leading exponential organizational growth and capacity building through visionary management and fundraising. She builds strong partnerships with diverse communities, grantee partners, donors, institutional funders, and corporate stakeholders. Bob served for four years as Board Chair of FIERCE, where she was awarded the Stonewall Foundation's 2009 Alan Morrow Prize for Excellence in Board Leadership.


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Ruby Jade Corado, Casa Ruby

Ms. Ruby Jade Corado was born in San Salvador, El Salvador. She fled a civil war when she was 16 years old. She has lived in Washington, D.C. for the past 27 years where she has devoted the last 20 years as an advocate for the inclusion of Transgender, Gender Queer and Gender Non Conforming Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual people in mainstream society. Ms. Corado is a self-made advocate and leader for social justice whose hard work has help gain legal protections in Washington, DC. She has fought for LGBT Human Rights, Transgender Liberation, Immigration Equality, Access to Health Care, Hate Crimes/violence and many other disparities and issues facing the communities that she represents.


Stephanie Kreps, PFLAG Group Facilitator, Rainbow Youth Alliance Founder

Stephanie Kreps and her spouse have called Maryland her home for the last 17 years. Together they have a son who identifies as gay and a daughter who identifies as bi. Her son came out to her at the age of 13. Since that time, 15 years ago, she has been an advocate ally for the LGBTQIA community.  She joined with Equality Maryland to lobby for marriage rights, served on the Metro DC PFLAG Board and works as a volunteer facilitator for a PFLAG support group in Germantown.  After her son came out, she conceived of and founded a support group for LGBTQIA teens in Montgomery County that is now almost 12 years old.