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Jodie Patterson: Mothering the Nation through Radical Parenting and Acceptance

An author and activist, Patterson has been lauded by Essence, Cosmopolitan, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and many others for her work in LGBTQ advocacy. She serves as Board Chair of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and is a sought-after public speaker addressing a wide range of audiences about identity, gender and family solidarity. But perhaps closest to her heart is her role as a mother of 5.

Jessica Lee Hurles: Harm Reduction is about “doing the right thing.”

A white picket fence bordering a quaint home with a yard for her children was the dream for Jessica Lee Hurles and because of the work of harm reduction, she is able to provide a loving home for her family. 

 

The compassionate mother of four, says her favorite job is being a grandmother. Her second favorite job is being a harm reductionist.

Melissa Rogers: Americans Are Unable to Practice their Faith Without Fear.

Melissa Rogers, a lawyer who specializes in issues between church-and-state, is worried that fear-mongering and discrimination pose a threat to America's religious pluralism so she wrote a book about. 

 

“We are seeing hate crimes happening at an alarming rate and certain people aren’t able to practice their faith without fear,” Rogers said.

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