Help me fly to Phoenix for the Lactation Summit!
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On July 27 I will be speaking at the 2014 Lactation Summit "Addressing Inequities within the Lactation Consultant Profession" on two panels; one as a voice from the LGBTQ community, and the other as an aspiring IBCLC preparing for the exam in Europe.

On July 27 I will be speaking at the 2014 Lactation Summit "Addressing Inequities within the Lactation Consultant Profession" hosted by ILCA, IBLCE, LEEARC on two panels; as a voice from the LGBTQ community, and as an aspiring IBCLC preparing for the exam in Europe.

Despite the cost of travel from Europe to the United States I felt strongly enough about speaking at the summit to have paid for my own ticket and related travel costs. Friends and fellow students have encouraged me to seek funding towards these costs as I am a student, single parent, and will be speaking for a large community of people. My participation at the conference is not dependent on raising funds, but recouping some of the costs will allow me to continue working for, and speaking on, these issues (as well as completing my studies for the IBCLC exam).

In preparation for the summit, since early this year, I have been holding discussions with other IBCLCs, aspiring IBCLCs and breastfeeding supporters who face exclusion and barriers to entering the profession or within the profession, via two of the Facebook groups that I have founded; Want to Be an IBCLC? and Embracing Diversity in Reproductive Health, Birth, and Infant Feeding

I have been active in discussions on various Lactation boards, have written my thoughts on the ILCA Lactation Matters blog, and have attended the pre-summit seminar "Ready, Set, Listen! Preparing to Hear the Missing Voices of the Lactation Consultant Profession" hosted by Cynthia Good Mojab.

I am excited to be participating at the summit, just over a week away, and looking forward to reporting back to the communities I support

(for those interested in following along via Social Media)

The funding I am seeking will cover;

Airline ticket (economy) Rome, Italy - Phoenix, AZ, USA 1010 euros

I have not included visa, travel insurance costs, food, lodging, and airport transfers

Note; I will be flying to Phoenix exclusively for the summit and will spend a few days post-summit with friends who also work in the birth and breastfeeding fields with a focus on diversity - I will not be adding on a holiday, will not be attending the ILCA conference, and will receive no financial contribution from the summit organisers.

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