Opening Plenary

Youth Action Conference Plenary Session

Opening Plenary

Intersectional Feminism

Friday, April 13th at 7:30pm


Meg Day, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing, and Women’s, and Gender & Sexuality Studies at Franklin & Marshall College
From Lancaster, PA

Meg Day is the 2015-2016 recipient of the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, and the author of Last Psalm at Sea Level (Barrow Street 2014), winner of the Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Award, and a finalist for the 2016 Kate Tufts Discovery Award from Claremont Graduate University. Day has also received awards and fellowships from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Lambda Literary Foundation, Hedgebrook, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Squaw Valley Writers, the Taft-Nicholson Center for Environmental Humanities, and the International Queer Arts Festival. In 2015, Day received a Ph.D. in Poetry & Disability Poetics from the University of Utah where Day was a Steffensen-Cannon Fellow and a United States Point Foundation Scholar. Day is Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Franklin & Marshall College.

Carla Christopher
Founder and Co-President, York EqualityFest
From York, PA

Poet-Activist Carla Christopher is the Founder and Co-President of York County’s Equality Fest, now in its fifth year. A previous LGBT Center of Central PA F.A.B. Award and York Revolution Pride M.V.P. recipient, Carla was the City of York’s first out LGBTQA Poet Laureate and is a community advocate and cultural educator who frequently consults with libraries, school districts, police departments and more. She currently serves as Vicar at Union Lutheran Church in York, PA where she is director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries.

Ciora Thomas
Founder and President of sisTers PGH / Founder of People’s Pride Pittsburgh
From Pittsburgh, PA

Ciora has devoted years of service to the Pittsburgh transgender and gender expansive communities of color through establishing SisTers PGH. She has made it her mission to secure emergency and transitional housing for LGBTQ homeless youth in Pittsburgh. Ciora is the Residential Program Director of Proud Haven, having previously served as Vice-President of the Board. In her powerful work uplifting those who are marginalized and embracing radical inclusivity, she has lead the efforts for the Pittsburgh People’s Pride, an intersectional march of resistance and community. Ciora is also an inaugural member of the Pittsburgh Mayor’s LGBTQIA Advisory Council.

Through her experience and many achievements, Ciora is geared to serve the greater LGBTQIA homeless and/or displaced communities of Pittsburgh. She helps shape a better life ahead for many transgender and nonbinary people who need permanence and independence; she stands up to injustices towards POC, CisWomen/transwomen, human rights, exploitation, gentrification, capitalism and bigotry; and she strives for inclusion with a basis of intersectionality.

Heidi Notario
Board President, LGBT Center of Central Pennsylvania
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Systems Change at the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
From Harrisburg, PA

Heidi Notario, M.A. serves as the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Systems Change at the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV). Prior to joining the NRCDV team, Heidi was the Director of Implementation & Social Change at the National Latin@ Network for
Healthy Families and Communities, an anti-violence Latinx organization. Heidi has advocated for the rights of gender based violence survivors, to include persons with disabilities and Deaf individuals, for more than a decade. She works closely at the intersections of disabilities and violence against people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and immigrant communities. Her interests include a wide variety of issues related to the treatment afforded to survivors of gender based violence, those with disabilities and Deaf individuals by the legal system, service providers, and society at large. Heidi keeps on the forefront of her anti-oppression work the elimination of barriers that impact survivors with intersecting identities, such as LGBTQ+ people of color. Heidi views “accessibility” from a human rights framework and is committed to bringing this perspective into her work and personal life. Heidi is originally from Cuba and has resided in the U.S. since 1995. She holds a Masters’ Degree in Sociology from Lehigh University. Hedi is the current Board President of the LGBT Center of Central PA.