Building Welcoming Spaces and Inclusive Communities

Saturday, November 4, 2023

Building Welcoming Spaces and Inclusive Communities

The Junior League of Oakland-East Bay (JLOEB) is proud to welcome transgender advocate and speaker Gia Parr. Gia is currently 20 years old and a communications major in the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California. At 14, Gia was one of the six original “Champions” to help launch GenderCool and now sits on the board of this organization that supports transgender and non-binary youth. She is also the author of ‘A Kids Book About Being Transgender’. She has spoken at many Fortune 500 companies and is a HRC (Human Right Campaign) Youth Ambassador. 

During this hour-long fireside chat, JLOEB President Leslie Fisher (and Gia’s aunt!) will guide us through Gia’s inspiring story. Together, they will delve into critical themes, including gender, race, and the power of positivity in dismantling biases and fostering inclusivity. This dialogue is about the exploration of personal growth and societal transformation; information that can be applied to each individual as well as each Leagues’ journey around welcoming inclusion.Through storytelling and a Q&A session, we invite you to join this empowering conversation.

Questions will be gathered ahead of the event. Please submit your question(s) in the registration form or email

In Person in Benicia, CA
Saturday November 4, 2023
Fireside Chat: 1:00 – 2:00 pm PST
Networking Reception: 2:00–3:00 pm PST
Live in-person attendance open to all JLOEB members. Please sign up on Digital Cheetah. If you are a member of a near-by league and would also like to attend in-person, please email to confirm. After the event we will have small bites and a social hour in the garden. 

Virtual on Zoom
Saturday November 4, 2023
Fireside Chat: 1:00 – 2:00 pm PST
Virtual Livestream attendance open to all JLOEB and Junior League Training Collaborative members via Zoom.
Please register with your League’s Digital Cheetah/Membership Essentials. 

This event is free but we are a small League and welcome donations of any amount to support our diversity and inclusion efforts. Where it says ‘Use my donation for’ select ‘Where it’s most needed’.


About Gia Parr

Please meet Gia Parr (she/her). She is 20-years-old and passionate about advocacy, school, modeling and acting. At 14, Gia helped launch GenderCool by becoming one of their six original “Champions” (transgender and non-binary youth ages 12-17). 

When Gia transitioned at the start of eighth grade in her small town in Connecticut, the family wrote a “coming out” letter to all the middle school students and their parents. The overwhelming support she received from her community inspired her to share her story on a national level.

Since first sharing her story on the Today with Megan Kelly, Gia and her story have been featured on ABC News, The New York Times, People, USA Today and CBS This Morning. Additionally she served as a Human Rights Campaign Youth Ambassador from 2019-2021. In 2021, she partnered with the GenderCool Project to write A Kids Book About Being Transgender to help educate others and share her story. 

Gia has also spoken at corporate events such as Out in Equal and has mentored c-suite level employees throughout her time with GenderCool. Some companies include HP, Vmare and JLL. In addition to her role as a Champion alum, Gia now serves on the Board of Directors at GenderCool.

Gia is passionate about acting and modeling. She guest-starred in the season 2 finale of Pose opposite Mj Rodriguez and Billy Porter. Additionally, she has been featured in Gap’s global Pride Month campaign, Nike’s global BeTrue Campaign and Mejuri’s “Be your Damn Self” campaign. Currently Gia is signed with Ford Models where she has continued to model. 

In Fall 2022, Gia began her time at the University of Southern California. She is a communications major in the Annenberg School and has joined numerous clubs such as the Black Student Union and the Pi Beta Phi sorority. While focused on academics and extracurriculars, Gia continues to be a prominent LGBTQ+ advocate on a national level. 


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