Lara Americo is a transgender activist, speaker and musician.
She became a voice for transgender rights when House Bill 2 passed in the North Carolina General Assembly.
Since then she has spoken on her experiences as a transgender woman of color living in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the ACLU campaign and Change.org, and on the stage at TEDxCharlotte.
Americo provides her audience with tools to help them understand the often complex topic of gender identity and breaking the gender binary, allowing people to understand her own personal experiences and tie them into a collective learning about the LGBTQ community.
The Illusion of Gender: Gender is taught, not innate. If you can release yourself from those teachings, you can express your masculinity and femininity that reflects who you really are. Attendees will learn how to assert themselves and learn how to accept other people’s fluid gender identities.
Gender Stereotypes in Media: Hyper feminine and masculine characters in some of our favorite shows can be problematic when it comes to how we define ourselves. Attendees will learn what to find in the media and how they can better define themselves on their own terms.
Toxic Masculinity: Attendees will learn the definition of this societal construct and how we can go beyond the culture of toxic masculinity in our daily lives.