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Pride Speaks LGBTQIA+ Political Strategies and Advocacy

Nov 07, 2022 | Seattle Pride

Pride Speaks is back on Thursday, November 17th, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Chateau Ste Michelle Tasting Room and Theater for a conversation focused on the current political landscape facing the LGBTQIA+ community, and the advocacy practices and political strategies that will help the community thrive into 2023-2024. This special edition Pride Speaks event produced in partnership with Chateau Ste Michelle’s BLENDED PRIDE employee resource group will begin with a networking mixer with complimentary wine tasting, non-alcoholic beverages, and hors d’oeuvres followed by the panel discussion with audience Q&A at 7:00 p.m.

Why is this conversation important?

Did you know that LGBTQIA+ people hold only 0.2% of all elected positions across the United States? That’s a problem when we make up an estimated 7.1% of the population. As we see anti-LGTBQIA+ legislation that challenges our human rights gain traction across the country, its more important than ever that we come together to determine action steps that we can take to advocate for ourselves and build a better future for our community.

How to attend this panel discussion

What: Pride Speaks: LGBTQIA+ Political Strategies and Advocacy

When: Thursday, November 17th, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 NE 145th St, Woodinville, WA 98072

Cost: $30-$75

Please email if the ticket price of this program is cost prohibitive. Low-cost and no-cost tickets are available.

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Meet the Panel


Nico Quintana (he/him, they/them), Lead Attorney at Lavender Rights Project

Nico is a transgender, non-binary, indigenous and Latinx defense attorney and abolitionist. Nico is a lead attorney at LRP specializing in criminal legal defense work. Prior to coming to LRP, Nico was a Public Defender at King County and provided legal defense representation and support to people accused of crimes. Before working as Public Defender, Nico was a policy advocate and community organizer with Basic Rights Oregon and the DC trans Coalition. Nico loves cooking amazing food, spending time with his Great Dane puppy, and being out in nature.

Jupiter Peraza (she/her), Social Justice Activist, Political Strategist, and Organizer

Jupiter Peraza is the former Director of Social Justice & Empowerment Initiatives at The Transgender District in San Francisco, CA. During her time at the organization, she wrote and introduced legislation to preserve and commemorate transgender history in San Francisco - most notably the nation’s first Transgender History Month. Jupiter also spearheaded a resolution initiating landmark designation of the Turk & Taylor Streets Intersection in San Francisco’s Tenderloin - the heart of The Transgender District and the site of the Compton’s Cafeteria Riots of 1966, which are considered the first large-scale act of resistance of Black and Brown trans and queer individuals against police violence in the United States. Prior to her work with The Transgender District, she was Director of Community Initiatives at Manny’s - a civic space in San Francisco’s Mission District - where she co-organized and co-led nightly programming on social justice and advocacy issues, led a national virtual phone bank during the 2020 Presidential Election, and organized over 1,000 San Franciscans to phone bank, sent over 1 million text messages and write 25,000 letters to the swing states of Florida and Michigan in support of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Ms. Peraza's advocacy prominently highlights her intersectionality as a DACA-mented trans Latina. Earlier this year, Jupiter Peraza graduated from the Women’s Foundation of California Dr. Maria Solis Policy Institute Fellowship. In March of 2022, Jupiter Peraza was recognized by CA State Senator Scott Wiener as Senate District 11 Woman of the Year.

Li Nowlin-Sohl (she/her), LGBTQ Rights Attorney

I am an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) LGBTQ & HIV Project, where I work on LGBTQ rights issues across the country. My work includes challenging state bans on gender affirming medical care for transgender youth, laws excluding transgender students from playing school sports, and discriminatory dress codes. In addition to my day job, I am a long-time board member of the QLaw Foundation of Washington State and a volunteer with QLaw’s LGBTQ and Transgender legal clinics.

Mattie Mooney (they/them), Coming Soon

Coming Soon