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Spectrum of PRIDE Celebration
June 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Autism Foundation of Oklahoma is proud to host its first ‘Spectrum of PRIDE’ event this June!
While this event is free, space is limited, so RSVP today!
Join us for an inclusive and celebratory event to promote visibility, advocacy, and community!
The event will start with a reception with some light food, a panel discussion with some of OK’s most prominent 2SLGBTQ+/Autism figures, followed by a make your own tye-dye t-shirt art activity (materials provided).
Speakers for the event:
DJ McMaughan, Ph.D., OSU (They/Them)
Gale Hann, OUHSC, AFO 2023 Self Advocate of the Year (They/Them)
Gale Hann (they/them) holds a Master of Public Health degree in Health Promotion Sciences from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC), Hudson College of Public Health. They are the data coordinator for both the Center for Learning and Leadership (CLL), Oklahoma’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), and the Oklahoma Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (OKLEND) program. Through working with CLL and OKLEND, they evaluate the work of many projects lead by disability community advocates. Additionally, Gale works in the OUHSC Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, Primary Care Health Policy Division, as a research and policy data analyst where they evaluate programs and policies related to family and child health as well as sexual and reproductive health. As a child, Gale was diagnosed with learning and sensory processing disabilities and then was later diagnosed with autism as a young adult. After completing the OKLEND program in 2021, they began publicly identifying as an autistic self-advocate and intentionally focusing their professional efforts on serving their communities.
Gale is passionate about how data, evaluation, and research efforts can be used to best support programs and policy, particularly for people with disabilities and the LGBTQ+ community.
Liv Whitley, OUHSC (She/They)
Liv Whitley is an Education + Outreach coordinator. They develop and facilitate education opportunities including LGBTQ+ Aspiring Ally, The Consent Conversation, and other sessions around healthy relationships, inclusive language, and boundaries.Liv hails from the great state of Texas by way of Northwest Arkansas where she worked in the nonprofit community for several years. Prior to doing that, she received a BA in International Studies from Midwestern State University with a focus in history and feminism. Her goal is to facilitate meaningful dialogue around gender, sexuality and racial justice to strengthen equity and inclusion in our community. They are currently pursuing an advanced degree in Strategic Communication at the University of Oklahoma.
Liv loves social media, graphic design, and reveres all things Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter. In her free time, you can catch her curating playlists for all of life’s happy & mundane moments.
Topics for the panel discussion include:
History of 2SLGBTQ+ and Autism
Social Inclusion, Health Care, and Mental Health
Inspiring Allyship and Advocacy