Author Lunch with Seth Owen & Meredith Talusan
Thursday, February 27
12:30 PM–1:45 PM
Omni Nashville Hotel Broadway Ballroom East
Join us for Thursday’s Author Lunch with Seth Owen and Meredith Talusan.
Seth Owen is a LGBTQ+ activist, speaker, nonprofit executive, and student at Georgetown University who was thrust into the national limelight when his story about the challenges he faced as a young, gay man went viral. First, his religiously-devout parents placed him into “conversion therapy” that aimed to turn him straight. Then, he was forced to move out during his senior year of high school. After graduating as co-valedictorian and no longer having the financial support of his parents, Seth’s former teacher started a GoFundMe campaign to cover his college tuition, which raised over $140,000 and garnered even more support after his appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Seth decided to pay it forward and use the extra money to start Unbroken Horizons, an inclusive scholarship foundation for LGBTQ+ youth of color. He is also a youth ambassador for the Human Rights Campaign, an intern in Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy’s office in Washington, DC, and a part of SpeakOut, a non-profit organization that educates, inspires, and empowers young people to become activists for social justice.
Meredith Talusan is an award-winning author and journalist. She has received awards from GLAAD, The Society of Professional Journalists, and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. She is also the founding executive editor of them., Condé Nast's LGBTQ+ digital platform, where she is currently contributing editor. Meredith’s memoir, Fairest, is scheduled for release in May 2020. Amber Tamblyn, author of Era of Ignition, describes it as “a powerful panoptic memoir which frames the totality of a life being lived, not just the fractions of it. It's a love story, a queer story, an immigrant story, an American story, a coming of age story—a revolutionary story. A most necessary and important book in a world which aims to other us from not just who we are, but who we are meant to become.”
Appearing courtesy Penguin Random House
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