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Monday, March 10 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Reducing Isolation in LGBT Communities

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Reducing Social Isolation of LGBT Seniors and Youth Through Technology, Centers and Libraries
From homeless LGBT youth to LGBT seniors who have been rejected by their families, this panel will explore the range of issues the youngest and oldest members of the LGBT communities face and how technology, centers and libraries may serve as the best partners to reduce isolation and homelessness.
In some of the most rural portions of the US, libraries have served as neutral information hubs for LGBT seniors and youth where other community resources fall short or are censored such as schools or free wifi hotspots. The rise of the Internet and social media have only accelerated the decrease in the isolation that has long been a part of the LGBT experience but many LGBT communities are still suffering.

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John Chrastka

Executive DirEvery LibraryJohn Chrastka is Executive Director of EveryLibrary, the first national PAC for libraries. A long-time library trustee, supporter, and advocate, Mr. Chrastka is a former partner in AssociaDirect, a Chicago-based consultancy focused on supporting associations... Read More →

Dr Imani Woody

Pres & CEOMary's House for Older Adults IncDr. Imani Woody is the founding director and CEO of Mary’s House for Older Adults, a developing LGBT friendly residential housing in Washington, DC. She has a PhD in Human Services specializing in non-profit management. Her thesis: Lift... Read More →

Monday March 10, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Austin Convention Center, Room 10AB

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