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Radical Queer Joy: The Making of LGBTQ+ Children’s Media
October 6, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
Join us in conversation with prominent queer showrunners and creators for Radical Queer Joy: The Making of LGBTQ+ Children’s Media – a panel on the state of LGBTQ+ representation in today’s children’s media landscape. We will be considering the past, present, and future of LGBTQ+ representation in mainstream children’s television, and magnifying the voices of queer creators and storytellers.
Our speakers will discuss:
the impact these stories have on young people
the growing precedent for LGBTQ+ representation in the media
the obstacles they have faced along the way
their dreams for the future of LGBTQ+ representation in the children’s space.
About Our Host
Lindsay ‘Lindz’ Amer creates LGBTQ+ and social justice media for kids and families.
They are the founder and CEO of Queer Kid Creative, LLC, a multi-media edutainment company spreading queer joy through queer-focused intersectional all-ages media. They write, produce, and co-host Queer Kid Stuff, an original LGBTQ+ educational webseries for all ages and supplementary educational resources. They also produce and host a brand new family-friendly podcast called Activist, You! where they interview kid & youth activists.
They speak and perform music and stories at schools, museums, libraries, and local LGBTQ+ community centers around the country (and now across the internet!). They have been performing virtually on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Zoom, bringing LGBTQ+ fun to families during the COVID-19 epidemic. One time, Shonda Rhimes tweeted she’s “so here for this!” You can watch their TED Talk on why kids need to learn about gender and sexuality now with over 2 million views!
Lindz is currently developing picture books, a non-fiction book for parents, scripts for television, and a full-length screenplay about a non-binary kid!
Shadi Petosky is an Emmy and Wendy’s Employee of the Month winning TV showrunner. She co-created and showran the Emmy winning Danger & Eggs for Amazon Prime Video [Critic’s Choice, GLAAD nom], Executive Produced Twelve Forever for Netflix and the upcoming live action gender bending sci-fi series Forever Alone with Adaptive Studios. She most recently directed the live-action comedy pilot Let’s Go Atsuko! for Quibi and her show Pretty Cursed is in development at Circle of Confusion TV. (ITV) She was Animation Supervisor on all 72 episodes of the hit show Yo Gabba Gabba!
Noelle Stevenson graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art where she was studying illustration. Her thesis project NIMONA started as an offshot of her art blog, Ginger Haze. The critically acclaimed web comic was published by HarperCollins and quickly became a New York Times bestseller. In 2015, Noelle won two Eisner Awards and became the youngest author to be shortlisted for the National Book Award. Fox Animation is now making NIMONA as a feature film.
In TV, Noelle has written for various animated shows. She created and was the Showrunner and Executive Producer of the reboot of SHE-RA AND THE PRINCESSES OF POWER for DreamWorks Animation Television. Season 3 of this highly anticipated show just aired on Netflix. Noelle recently sold LUMBERJANES based on her bestselling comic with Shannon Watters and Grace Ellis to HBO Max. Noelle will write, direct, and executive produce the feature special and series to follow.
Noelle’s achievements as an artist and writer in books, film and television are extraordinary. Openly queer, she proudly represents the LGBTQ community in her work and is looking to change the way women are traditionally portrayed in comics.
Ground-breaking, creative juggernaut, Rebecca Sugar (she/they) is an animator, director, screenwriter, producer, and songwriter. They are best known for their Emmy-Nominated, GLAAD and Peabody award-winning series, STEVEN UNIVERSE, on which they served as Executive Producer, Director, Head Writer, Storyboard Artist, and Songwriter. Prior, they were a writer, storyboard artist, and songwriter on ADVENTURE TIME. Rebecca has been fighting for LGBTQIA+ content in children’s media since 2010, and for a more inclusive environment both on screen and behind the scenes in the animation industry.