The Newport Art Museum and Newport Health Equity Zone announced today that they will host an upcoming Artist Talk & Community Conversation on Thursday, November 21 at 6 pm.

The event will begin with an artist talk with Lindsay Morris & Zoe Perry-Wood, two exhibiting artists from the Museum’s current exhibition, “Forever Young: Representations of Childhood and Adolescence” followed by a Community Conversation on Youth Exploration of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Both Morris and Perry-Wood are photographers whose work illuminates and celebrates children and teens who identify as LGBTQ+.

Tickets to the events are free, however seating is limited. Reservations recommended at

“Today, youth must grapple with maturing in an environment of rapid change, polarized views, and a constant and intense social media presence. Young people today are more empowered to openly question who they are, reflect on their sexual orientation and gender identity, and develop their own sense of self,” the Newport Art Museum writes in a press release that announced the event. Still, navigating these feelings requires courage and resilience, as well as emotional support from parents, educators, their young peers, and the community.

“How can we create safe spaces for young people as they explore their feelings related to gender identity and sexual orientation? How can those spaces support inclusivity and encourage mutual respect? Join us for a meaningful community conversation with special guests from the health, education, legal, advocacy, and social arenas, who have made it a priority to support the LGBTQ+ community,” Newport Art Museum continues..

Special Guests will include Francine Weiss, Senior Curator, Newport Art Museum, Lindsay Morris, Forever Young exhibiting artist, Zoe Perry-Wood, Forever Young exhibiting artist, and Rex LeBeau, Community Conversation Facilitator, Women’s Resource Center and the Newport Health Equity Zone, staffs the newly formed Newport HEZ LGBTQ Health Working Group.

Other contributors in attendance will include Angela Lemire, Rhode Island Department of Health’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Equity Group, Doreen LePage, Facilitator of the Newport Satellite of PFLAG Providence, Percy Lowe, Senior at The East Bay MET School and Newport Health Equity Zone intern, Julie Medeiros and her parents Eileen and Bob, a young trans woman who lobbied successfully for health insurance to cover her transition expenses as a teenager, Rosemary Reilly-Chammat, from the RI Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Elana Rosenberg, Executive Director of Youth Pride, Inc., and Jeffrey Sheehan, Staff Attorney, LGBTQ Protection Project at Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc.

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