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2019 Conference Speakers

Keynote and Special Speakers

Please join us in Pittsburgh, PA next July as we welcome our invited speakers.



Keynote Speaker - Malinda Lo


Malinda Lo is the critically acclaimed author of several young adult novels, including the upcoming A Line in the Dark (Dutton, Oct. 17, 2017). Malinda's first novel, Ash, a lesbian retelling of Cinderella, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and the Lambda Literary Award for Children's/Young Adult, and was a Kirkus 2009 Best Book for Children and Teens. Her nonfiction has been published by The New York Times Book Review, NPR, The Huffington Post, The Toast, The Horn Book, and AfterEllen.

Malinda's novel Huntress, a companion novel to Ash, was a Lambda Award finalist, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and was longlisted for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. Her novel Adaptation was a finalist for the 2013 Lambda Book Award and named a Bank Street College Best Children's Book of 2013, and the sequel, Inheritance, was the winner of the 2014 Bisexual Book Awards for Bisexual Teen/Young Adult Fiction.

Before she became a novelist, Malinda was an economics major, an editorial assistant, a graduate student, and an entertainment reporter. She was awarded the 2006 Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Journalism by the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association for her work at AfterEllen. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and has master's degrees from Harvard and Stanford Universities. She lives in Massachusetts with her partner and their dog.


Special Speaker -Cindy Rizzo

Cindy Rizzo is the author of three novels of lesbian fiction Getting Back (2015, Ylva Publishing), Love Is Enough (self-published, 2014), and Exception to the Rule (self-published, 2013), which won the 2014 award for Best Debut Author from Golden Crown Literary Society, and many short stories featured in various publications and anthologies. She is currently working on a young adult speculative fiction novel.

Rizzo said, “It is such an important time for us as lesbian, bisexual, and queer women to come together, in all of our diversity, to once again proclaim the value of our stories and our lives. Our cultural contribution is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The truths we speak have never been more needed for the healing of our world.”

Rizzo lives in New York City with her wife, Jennifer. She has a long-term career in social justice philanthropy and was recently awarded the Reed Erickson Trailblazing Leadership Award by Funders for LGBTQ Issues. She is also a member of the board of SAGE, the only national organization that serves and advocates for LGBTQ elders.



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