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Celebrate the power of solidarity by joining us at “Courageous Voices, One Movement

Courage California’s annual fundraiser, taking place virtually on September 14th, 5:30-7:00pm PST, will be an evening of inspiration featuring your favorite activists, elected officials, community leaders, and more!

This year, we welcome guest speaker, George M. Johnson, LGBTQIA+ activist and best-selling author of All Boys Aren’t Blue.

Right-wing extremism has made it seem like American voters are more divided than ever, but the majority of voters agree on shared values and fundamental freedoms. We will discuss the importance of coming together as the progressive majority to lend our courageous voices to our shared movement fighting against the increasing threat of this extremism to the health and fairness of our elections and governing work. 

Proceeds from our fundraiser will fund our GOTV outreach efforts to younger voters, and to California voters statewide, for the critical November midterm elections. Your support will ensure Californians have the resources they need to vote for progressive candidates and ballot measures — to keep us on a pathway to expand rights and protections for all communities!

What we do now in California matters, and we must continue leading and supporting our partners and inspiring voters across the state to vote with courage through the end of this election year.

Guest Speaker

George M. Johnson

Storytelling isn’t just a form of entertainment—for GEORGE M. JOHNSON, whose body of work on diversity and queer identity inspires millions of readers across the world to “be themselves unapologetically,” writing has the power to change lives. The Award-Winning Black Non-Binary author and activist is one of Out’s 100 Most Influential LGBTQ People, and they use their inspiring life story to teach individuals, corporations, and policymakers about LGBTQIA+ activism and social justice in healthcare. Their New York Times Bestselling memoir All Boys Aren’t Blue, a powerful recounting of George’s adolescence growing up as a young Black Queer boy in New Jersey, was optioned for television by Gabrielle Union and Sony TV, and called “an exuberant, unapologetic memoir infused with a deep but cleareyed love for its subjects” by the New York Times.

Appearances By

Lil’ Miss Hot Mess

Lil Miss Hot Mess is the author of the children’s books If You’re a Drag Queen and You Know It (Running Press Kids, 2022) and The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish (2020), and serves on the board of Drag Queen Story Hour.  She has appeared on world-class stages like SFMOMA, Stanford University, and Saturday Night Live, was a founding organizer of the #MyNameIs campaign that challenged Facebook’s “real names” policy, and has published in Curriculum Inquiry as well as The Guardian, Wired, and Salon.  When not twirling, Lil Miss Hot Mess is a professor of public humanities and media studies.

Tyris Winter

Tyris Winter is desert raised but L.A. based artist who blurs the lines between poetry, fashion and dancing. Winter is passionate about not only uplifting themselves through expression, but the many queer youth who are raised with binaries and confinements and still have dreams regardless.

Even in the whirlwind of life, Tyris still finds time to make 70s inspired clothes, nurture their plants, and find new ways to normalize stuffed animals in their everyday wardrobe.

Featured Courageous Voices

Tara Cox

Tara Alise Cox is an actress and educator who you might find directing kids in musicals or singing rock songs for crowds of 4,000+ . She has her BA in theater from UCLA, studies improv with UCB, and performs in an educational rock show for kids about the environment. She has combined her passion for human rights and politics with her singing and writing training to create political musical parodies. She hopes her videos galvanize voters and bring attention to important issues. Her videos have been shared by Rosie O’Donnell, Leslie Jones, and Shania Twain, to name a few, and reached over one million views. Vote Vote Vote, and find me on tiktok! @taraalisecox

Benjamin Takemoto

Benjamin Takemoto is an aspiring organizer with a heart for justice and equality, currently located in the Central Valley of California. Born and raised in a small town, transplanted into the big city; they have made it their mission to inspire and nurture the labor movement across the country, starting in their community and working outwards. Benjamin is both an advocate and a resource for anyone seeking to be the change that they wish to see in the world.

Nourbese Flint

Nourbese Flint is a pop culture chick who is a blapister syfy nerd and typography enthusiast. She loves politics, traveling and ratchet/trap music and all things bob’s burger and Marvel Comics. Her allegiance is to the Reproductive Justice Movement.

Jessie Lopez

Born and raised in Santa Ana, Jessie experienced her upbringing in a working-class household. In March 2020, Jessie was elected by the working families of the 68th Assembly District to help represent their concerns as a central committee member within the Democratic Party of Orange County. Jessie is honored to represent Ward 3 and to serve the community that raised her. She is a firm believer in civic engagement, the right to equal treatment and opportunity, and is passionate about empowering community participation. Jessie is an advocate for all Santa Ana families, and with a demonstrated record of community leadership, she will provide effective representation for Santa Ana. Jessie Lopez is an advocate and organizer at heart.

Allie Redhorse Young

Allie Young is a citizen of the Diné Navajo Nation from the Northern Agency of the reservation in Northern New Mexico. She is founder of Protect the Sacred, which educates and empowers the next generation of Navajo and Indian Country leaders and allies to use storytelling and community building to strengthen Indigenous sovereignty and protect Indigenous elders, languages, and medicine ways.


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Join me at “Courageous Voices, One Movement” a conversation with activist and author George M. Johnson September 14, at 5:30 PM PST, a fundraising event to benefit Courage California!

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