Get excited for our 2014 keynote!

After months of planning, the conference is just around the corner – less than two months away! For this, we are excited to announce our explosive 2014 keynote speaker, Ms. Sonya Renee! She is an incredible talented poet, and will be performing on our own University Center Auditorium.

Performance Poet, Activist and transformational leader Sonya Renee Taylor is a National and International award winning writer and performer, published author, and global change maker. She has shared her work and activism across the US, New Zealand, Australia, England, Scotland, Sweden, Canada and the Netherlands. She is the founder and CEO of The Body is Not An Apology, an international movement of radical self-love and body empowerment that reaches over 100,000 people weekly. Sonya has been seen, heard and read on HBO, BET, MTV, TV One, NPR, PBS, CNN, Oxygen Network, New York Magazine, MSNBC.com, Today.com, Huffington Post, Vogue Australia, Shape.com, Ms. Magazine and many more. She has shared stages with such luminaries as Hillary Rodham Clinton, Harry Belafonte, Dr. Cornell West, Amiri Baraka and numerous others. Sonya continues to perform, speak and facilitate workshops globally. Visit her at www.sonya-renee.comor www.thebodyisnotanapology.com

This isn’t all we have in store, though! Stay tuned for more information about this year’s OUTstanding LGBTQ+ Conference, including another keynote, and a full day of engaging workshops.

If you’re as excited about seeing her as we are (and we know you are), be sure to register for the event here. The OUTstanding Conference will be held on Saturday, November 8th from 9AM to 5PM in the University Center at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. The event is free and open to the public; breakfast and lunch will be provided.

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About outstandingutk

OUTstanding: A Seminar Exploring LGBTIQ Diversity is an annual, public and free seminar for all identities and backgrounds including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) and ally-identified college students and community members. We are committed to providing a space for the celebration of LGBTIQ and multicultural visibility, intersectionality, and coalition building around diversity issues on our campus and community as well as campuses and communities nationwide.
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