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IRE LGBTQ+ Listening Session

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January 18


1:00 PM


2:00 PM


IRE is hosting its first listening session for LGBTQ+ members and allies on Jan 18 at 12pm CST via Zoom. This event aims to foster an open dialogue and understanding of the unique experiences and concerns within IRE’s LGBTQ+ community, as we seek to better serve our LGBTQ+ membership. This is also an opportunity to share with IRE leadership ideas and feedback on how we can better support you and the LGBTQ+ community. IRE recently formed its first-ever LGTBQ+ membership subcommittee, which will be tackling some of the issues and ideas generated from this event. 

Participants can submit questions anonymously to this Google Form before the event, or speak directly to a group of IRE staff, board members and LGBTQ+ volunteers. Anyone attending this session should be respectful of other participants and abide by IRE’s Code of Conduct.

If there are any accessibility needs we can accommodate, please email at least a week before the event. We will provide closed captioning within Zoom and have a private-chat option for people who would rather communicate non-verbally.

Speakers include:

  • Danny McArthur, Gulf States Newsroom (LGBTQ+ Subcommittee Member) - MODERATOR
  • Olivia Sanchez, The Hechinger Report (LGBTQ+ Subcommittee Chair)
  • Josh Hinkle, KXAN (IRE Board Vice President, Member Services Committee Chair)
  • Diana Fuentes, IRE (Executive Director)
  • Francisco Vara-Orta, IRE (Director of Diversity & Inclusion)
  • Adam Rhodes, IRE (Training Director)

Date and Time

Thursday, January 18 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (ET)

Ticket Price

  • Free for current IRE members. You must still go through the ticketing/registration process so Zoom info can be sent before the session.


The session will be held online via Zoom, registered attendees will receive login information before the webinar.

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