On Thursday, August 22, the Akron Pride Festival will be hosting an evening with Mara Keisling, the founder and executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization aiding monumental policies for the trans community. In advance of her visit, Prizm spoke with Keisling to get her take on how to best approach advocacy work that can be reactive, geographic, and draining.

Eileen Galvin is more like a Jessica Jones-type superhero. By day at the Columbus College of Art & Design, she is the IT Help Desk Manager known as Eileen Galvin. At night, she is a burlesque superstar known as…Eileen Galvin.

On August 24, thousands of LGBTQ+ Ohioans will flock to Akron to partake in the city’s third annual Equality March, followed by the fun-filled festival replete with local talent, food trucks, exhibitions, and an overwhelming representation of pride.

When I offhandedly hear that someone has placed the blame for a national tragedy at the feet of the LGBTQ+ community, I usually just roll my eyes. Rarely do I care about the desperate ravings of some random televangelist (not my faith) or far-away elected dogcatcher (not my community).