2023 Keynote Speakers

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Friday, Nov 3
5:00 pm
Greaves Hall, NKU Fine Arts Center

Rebecca Blankenship

Perhaps best known as Kentucky's first openly transgender elected official, Rebecca Blankenship is an issues-first political operative working to make Kentucky a freer, more rational place. She has worked on political campaigns from U.S. Senate down to city council. At the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, she advocates on bills concerning students' rights, First Amendment protections, LGBT rights, and nuclear energy. She lives in Madison County, Kentucky.

Mason Kalinsky

Mason Kalinsky is the Organizing Director for Hood to the Holler. He is dedicated to community organizing and building progressive people power in Kentucky. He also has worked in Frankfort to protect trans rights and is familiar with the movement to protect trans kids across the United States. In 2018, he published a study on a peer-to-peer gatekeeper intervention to reduce rates of suicide among LGBTQ adolescents.

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