The Right to Joy: LGBTQ+ Women of Color

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Sponsor: UUA International Resources: UU Office at the United Nations

Event Recording & Resources

This event took place on Zoom and a recording is available on YouTube.

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About the Event

The Unitarian Universalist Association Office at the UN (UU@UN) values diversity in sexuality and gender, advocating for the rights of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities globally. This year, during the virtual New York NGO Committee on the Status of Women forum, the UU@UN strives to advance LGBTQ justice and equity, particularly for LGBTQ+ Women of Color (WOC).

Against seemingly insurmountable challenges, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Women of Color have persevered, despite threats to their human rights. This NGO CSW65 parallel event seeks to affirm their acts of resistance amid adversity and to celebrate LGBTQ+ WOC globally. Through Audre Lorde’s concept of radical self-care, we will learn the significance of claiming joy within this community for resilience-building and intensive healing. Three panelists will share what joy means to them, ways to sustain the vibrance of the LGBTQ+ community, and how we can exercise self-preservation as a tool for social justice. As we rejoice through trials and tribulations, the UU@UN hopes to help protect LGBTQ+ Women of Color worldwide.


Sontaia Briggs

Sontaia P. Briggs is the founder of YouUniversity, an online ministry uplifting and affirming the gifts of youth and young adults, as well as providing in-person college access/success coaching and counseling. A consultant working with nonprofits and churches, Sontaia authors youth and young adult programs and workshops. She is a sought after LGBTQIA inclusion trainer and motivational speaker who has worked with PARITY NYC, Blanton-Peale Institute and Counseling Center, Park United Methodist Church and NMAC Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Sontaia holds a Master of Public Administration from Rutgers University and a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry from New York Theological Seminary. She is also a producer of two independent feature films, a web series spinoff of the movie(s) and co-creator of a limited podcast series.

Pauline Park

Pauline Park is a world-renowned Transgender activist and writer based in New York City. She is the president of the board of directors and former executive director of Queens Pride House and chair of the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA), both of which she co-founded. In 2002, Pauline served as coordinator of the work group which led the campaign for the transgender rights law enacted by the New York City Council. In 2010, Pauline negotiated the inclusion of gender identity and expression in the Dignity For All Students Act (DASA), a safe schools bill enacted by the New York State Legislature. In 2012, she was named one of 'The Most Influential LGBT Asian Icons' by the Huffington post and added to a list of Top 50 Transgender Icons for Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Commission on the Status of Women

This panel is a parallel event as part of the 65th Commission on the Status of Women Forum (CSW65). In order to attend, please register for the CSW65 Forum here.

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