Angeline Jackson is an LGBT human rights activist, an HIV/AIDS educator, and the former Executive Director of Quality of Citizenship Jamaica. In 2015, President Barack Obama recognized Angeline Jackson as one of Jamaica’s remarkable young leaders at the Town Hall for Youth in Kingston Jamaica. She also participated on a US Senate briefing panel and attended the first White House Forum on Global LGBT Rights where she met with Vice President Joe and Jill Biden.
Angeline is a 2014 graduate of the International Emerging Leaders program at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, which organizes and empowers individuals to defeat anti-LGBT prejudice locally and through hands-on mentorship with activists from around the world. In the same year, she received the Hero Award from Saint Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation for her work on LGBT rights in Jamaica, and the 2016 Troy Perry Medal of Pride.
Her journey into LGBTQ activism followed a violent rape by an armed attacker which was considered by as “corrective rape” and led to an eventual acquittal. She became involved in human rights activism in 2005 and has since become an out lesbian activist standing up for visibility, working with noted attorney and human rights activist Maurice Tomlinson and others in Jamaica and the US.
Over the years Angeline has presented at various events and panels including the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: Creating Change, Founders Metropolitan Community Church, Washington University: World Affairs Council, Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria, and is a repeat featured speaker at Human Rights First IDAHOT Events on Capitol Hill.
Angeline is a fellow of Salzburg Global LGBT Forum: Strengthening Communities- LGBT Human Rights and Social Cohesion and Salzburg Global LGBT Forum: The Many Faces of LGBT Inclusion.
Faith. Family. Forgiveness
Angeline delivers a heart wrenching and powerful keynote on the importance of faith, family, and forgiveness in LGBT advocacy, as she takes her audience through her personal story of sexual violence, the role of faith in her life, the loss of a close family member, her relationship with her family, and the importance of forgiveness.
After experiencing sexual assault at 19, Angeline was faced with two choices: 1) accept blame for being the cause of the sexual violence or 2) become the author of her own story and determine what would happen after the assault. Her keynote touches on the sexual assault, the necessary anger, the injustice of the criminal justice system, overcoming trauma and how she took back her voice.
Storytelling and conversations for impactful activism
In this workshop Angeline shares the story of her conversation with a conservative Christian relative. She discusses the insight she gained and why she sees storytelling and conversation as a tool for changing hearts and minds.
This workshop will discuss the use of storytelling as a valuable and deliberate tool for advocacy and impact. Participants will learn what storytelling is, how and why storytelling is an important tool for advocacy and change, how stories can be used as anecdotal evidence for impact, and how to select stories that create impact. Participants will learn to tell a story that is personal yet includes data to drive your point home (where necessary). Participants will identify a story, define the most important takeaway from their story, and will create two drafts (5 minute, 15 minute) of two stories, which create two different types of impact. At the end of the course, students will have two stories they can use for advocacy and will be able to define what impact their story should have. Additionally, students will have the skillset to be able to create other stories that fits the desired impact. Students will also be able to use the skills gained in this course to help others understand the importance of storytelling for impactful advocacy.