In celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, we are featuring several journalists who have reported on relevant topics, and who would love to visit your classroom! Take a look at our featured guest speakers below, and click here to connect your class with a journalist. This opportunity is open to classroom and out-of-school time educators, as well as educators working with students in carceral facilities.
Journalist Guest Speakers for LGBTQ+ Pride Month
Journalists can share stories about issues affecting LGBTQ+ people around the world and stories of empowerment.
- Vijayta Lalwani, a journalist who has reported on the challenges LGBTQ+ people face when planning for aging for queerbeat, a news site focused on deeply and accurately covering the LGBTQ+ community in India. Students can also connect with Ankur Paliwal, Founder and Managing Editor of queerbeat.
- Mahmoud Hassino and Bairbre Flood, journalists who co-produced the I Am Not Your Refugee podcast series, which looks at refugee-led projects including a LGBTQ+ refugee network in Turkey.
Hassino set up Syria’s first LGBTQ+ magazine, Mawaleh.
- Don Kevin Hapal, a journalist who used data forensics to investigate disinformation around the SOGIE Equality Bill, which seeks to prevent discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression in the Philippines.
- Ester Pinheiro, a journalist who reported on violence against transgender women in Brazil.
- Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu, a journalist who reported on the impact of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in Ghana, and activism against it.
- Gopika Ajay and Annick Laurent, filmmakers and journalists who produced a short documentary about Moonlynn Tsai and Yin Chang, two queer women of color who started a grassroots initiative to support Asian elders struggling with food insecurity and hate-motivated harassment and violence in New York.
- Rachel Sorcher, a journalist who reported on the systematic obstacles transgender and nonbinary (TGNB) people face when trying to enter the healthcare field as well as the importance of hiring TGNB people to care for TGNB patients.
- Kallie Cox and Angel Chevrestt, journalists who reported on transgender and gender non-conforming individuals migrating to the United States, the unique challenges they face, and the grassroots organizations and activists assisting them along the border.
- Irina Werning, a photojournalist who documented Tam, a 23-year-old non-binary dancer, as they returned home to Bolivia for the first time after transitioning.
NOTE: Due to availability, we cannot always guarantee a specific journalist, but we will work with you to suggest several options based on your goals and meeting times.
About the Virtual Journalist Visit Program
The Pulitzer Center offers free virtual journalist visits to K-12 schools worldwide. We have worked with over a thousand journalists over the years, covering diverse topics and geographic regions, and we will match you with a journalist based on your request. We use many different platforms to connect, including Zoom, Google Meet, and Teams, and we will work with you to identify the best technology for your learners. Virtual journalist visits are a great way to help students:
- Understand how what they're studying affects people's lives
- Learn how research, writing, critical thinking, multimedia, and more skills are used in journalism
- Practice preparing and asking questions of an expert
- Get excited about using the news to learn about the world
- And much more!