Global Virtual Pride Marathon 2021

Join Democrats Abroad LGTBQ+ Caucus for a day long Pride Celebration as we share our stories. View the schedule here (or below).

Pride 2021: Sharing Our Stories / Equality Matters

Democrats Abroad is celebrating June Pride month with a series of events, including a webinar marathon on June 20th, featuring speakers and events. 

The webinar marathon is being organized and hosted by the DA LGBTQ+ Caucus, with the aim to educate Americans about issues impacting LGBTQ+ people and opportunities to provide greater protection through policy and legislation. A key focus will be on engaging members to share their stories. 

Through the webinar, members will have the opportunity to learn how to effectively engage their congressional representatives to support equality legislation, including the Equality Act, which would provide protections in employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs and jury service to LGBTQ+ people, and immigration reform.


Time Title Speakers

05.30 EDT


Let's talk about AAPI queer identity through a  discussion of Alice Wu's film The Half of It! A Netflix original movie, The Half of It received rave reviews from critics and tells the story of teenage Ellie Chu, who writes letters to her crush on the behalf of her classmate Paul in a queer retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac. As Paul and Ellie's friendship grows, the film explores the isolation of the intersection of queer and immigrant identity as well as the meaning of friendship.


Anya Leonhard

06:15 AM EDT

12:15 -13:15 CET

Supporting transgender youth

Join DAUK LGBT Caucus as we host a discussion on trans youth healthcare policy with Mermaids UK Legal and Policy director Lui Asquith (they/them)! We will discuss how gender affirming healthcare can greatly improve the lives of trans and non binary children and teens, as well as the policies that threaten to to take these treatments away. Following the presentation, Lui Asquith will be responding to preprepared questions in a Q & A!


Mermaids UK is Non-Profit working to support transgender, non binary and gender diverse children, young people and their families since 1995. Their support helps transgender youth and their families advocate for themselves with healthcare and education services, as well as helping trans youth to cope with mental and emotional distress, improve self esteem and learn social skills. They also regularly work with teachers, GP’s and social services to improve awareness, understanding, and policies with regard to trans youth.

Mermaids, UK

With Brian Westley and Caroline Ruchonnet, DAUK

7.00 AM EDT



Welcome to:  Pride Marathon  Sharing Our Stories   

Kicking off the day long event by: 

Co-Chair Martha McDevitt-Pugh

7:30 AM EDT


Between two stigmas: the intersection of being LGBTQ+ and an immigrant


Co-sponsored by DA Hispanic Caucus


Moderator: Juan Cerda


Panel: Bob Bragar, Immigration lawyer and 

former DA DNC Representative; Nicole Salgado author of Amor & Exile; Tawheeda Wahabzada, Jason and Monsy; Departed Dreamers; DACA applicant, Yari; Randall Emery Pres. of American Families United


Invited: Jose Antonio Vargas of Define American

08:45 AM EDT

14:45-15:00 CET

Short films (at various points during the day)  

09.05 AM EDT

13.05-15:20 CET


True Colors

Orlando Gay Chorus, at a vigil after the Pulse Nightclub shooting

Richard Lamberty  

09.30 AM  EDT

15:30-16:30 CET 

State legislation landscape and the Equality Act

Moderator: journalist Fred Kuhr, DA Canada

State equality organizations:

-Nadine Smith, Equality Florida


Shawn Gaylord, Executive Director, Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus


Earl Fowlkes, Chari DNC LGBT Caucus

10:30 AM EDT

16:30-16:55 CET

Making change: how to share your story with Congress. How to make an impact with legislators. For LGBTQ+ members and allies

Brian Westley, DAUK LGBTQ+ caucus

Video from Stephanie Randall

11:00 AM EDT

17:00-18:30 CET

Films that changed history: Edie & Thea

Documentary filmmaker Susan Muska (Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement; The Brandon Teena Story). Susan will be introduced by Lisa Berger, a documentary filmmaker and researcher and member of DA Spain.
01:00 PM EDT 19:00-20:00 CET Family Friendly: Drag Story time for kids.  Fay Slift + Fluffy Soufflé

2pm PM EDT

20.00-20.30 CET

Queer as Verse : Poetry Competition


Diane Haven:  “The Rainbows” and “It is Raining”

Scott Chase: “The Other”

Britt Farbo The New Reconstruction:

“A Canticle forSt.Hogates in theTime of Hope & Optimism”

“Stoop of the Peterson” and “Jubillee”

Hosted by:

Betsy Ettore

Diana Haven

Scott Chase

Britt Farbo

02:30 PM EDT

20:30-21:30 CET

Spoken word performance


Robin Kaur Sidhu

03:30 PM EDT

21:30-22:00 CET

The power of our stories

Amos Lim, Community Advocate, Economic Justice Program, Chinese for Affirmative Action (San Francisco), co-founder, Out for Immigration.

Shirley Tan and Jay Mercado, their sons Jashley and Joriene Mercado, on their family’s journey, Shirley’s experience from asylum seeker to her testimony at the Senate Judiciary Committee on same-sex immigration


Pending - speakers on legislation

HR 2920 - American Families United Act (Randall and Edgar)

S. 348 - U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021

HR 6 - American Dream and Promise Act of 2021


Martha McDevitt Pugh


04.15PM EDT

22.15 - 22.30

Poly Andrew Ticktock Pictures Andrew and Trevor are a happy gay couple, until Andrew's secret girlfriend - who also happens to be Trevor's best friend - shows up, and Andrew is forced to come to terms with his sexual identity.


Fred Kurh

04:30 PM EDT

22.30 23.40-CET

The aging LGTBQ+: Screening of Gen Silent


Gen Silent is an award-winning documentary that follows six LGBT older adults in Boston, Massachusetts over a year as they navigate the paid and unpaid care system. Gen Silent discovers how oppression in the years before Stonewall still affects generations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people with feelings of distrust and dangerous isolation. As we witness the challenges that

these men and women face, we also see hope as each subject crosses paths with an impassioned professional trying in their own way to change an entire care industry.



Hosted by Shari Ritter, RN

Case Manager Healthcare Agencies


5:40PM EDT

23.40-23.56 CET

Closing Remarks










June 20, 2021 at 6:00am - 6pm Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Roy Kohavi Jackie Neff Zo Loren Paglinawan Carl Landon Taylor Martha McDevitt-Pugh

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