about EDGY
We are currently accepting workshop proposals from December 1st - March 31st. If you are interested in presenting a workshop at EDGY 2018 please submit your workshop proposal.

Today is an important moment in our national history and for the GLBTQ community, specifically, as we seek to protect and preserve our society’s progress. Now is the time to stand up as allies – brothers and sisters in the human race. What will you do to embrace an environment of openness and acceptance?

Research suggests that GLBTQ individuals face physical and mental health disparities linked to societal stigma, discrimination, and denial of their civil and human rights. Discrimination against GLBTQ persons has been associated with high rates of psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, and suicide. Experiences of violence and victimization are frequent for GLBTQ individuals, and have long-lasting effects on the individual and the community.

Through the EDGY Conference, we will empower our attendees to reverse some of these negative statistics, develop a better understanding of issues facing this population, and ultimately to create a positive change in our societies and develop tolerance for GLBTQ identities.

2017 Keynote Speakers
Sassafras Lowrey

Sassafras Lowrey

Rabbi Rachel Bat-Or

Rabbi Rachel Bat-Or, MSW
JQ International

Rabbi Rachel Bat-Or

Jeremy Treat
Penny Lane Centers – Department of Research & Evaluation

2017 Workshop Speakers

Jen Bailey, Psy D,
HOPE Counseling Center

Wendy Ashley, Psy.D, MSW
Allen Lipscomb, Psy.D, LCSW
California State University Northridge

Cadyn Cathers

Cadyn Cathers, MA
Antioch University Los Angeles

Estela Andujo, PhD, LCSW
University of Southern California School of Social Work

David Meadow, MA
Loyola Marymount University

Christine Graham, MSW
Stars Behavioral Health Group

Bryan Schnebelt
Penny Lane Centers

Princess Murray, BS
Star View Children and Family Services

Crystal Cedillo
Essential Access Health

Summer Davidson, LCSW
Penny Lane Centers

Chris Tompkins, BSBA
A Road Trip to Love

Jonathan Skurnik, Director
Youth & Gender Media Project

Janet Lazar
Penny Lane Centers

Maribel Mancillas, MSW
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

John Reed, PhD
Penny Lane Centers

John Sovec, MA
The Life Group, LA

Ange Castellanos
Los Angeles LGBT Center

Timothy Vallez DPO II
Associate Clinical Social Worker

Anthony Eftimeo
Anti-Defamation League

2017 Sponsors
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