WorldPride/Stonewall 50th Panel

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Location Hall of Philosophy

Gate pass required. Purchase at our Main Gate Welcome Center, (716) 357-6250.

WorldPride 2019
Chautauqua Institution
July 2

Chautauqua Institution is proud to be an official stop for New York's celebration of WorldPride and commemoration of Stonewall 50.

Events Agenda

Judy Shepard in conversation with The Atlantic's James Fallows
2 p.m., Hall of Philosophy

WorldPride 2019/Stonewall 50 Panel feat. Bishop Gene Robinson, Judy Shepard and Sultan Shakir

3:30 p.m., Hall of Philosophy
Details at right

LGBTQ Community Reception
5 p.m., 
Athenaeum Hotel Parlor
Snacks provided/cash bar 


The Athenaeum Hotel is pleased to offer special all-inclusive overnight packages for WorldPride 2019/Stonewall 50 guests.

The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, Chautauqua Institution Vice President of Religion and Senior Pastor, and the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop, will lead and participate in an intergenerational panel discussion on the LGBTQ rights movement before, during and after Stonewall. Panelists in addition to Bishop Robinson include Judy Shepard and Sultan Shakir.

Official Event of Stonewall 50/WorldPride 2019

Judy Shepard

Founding president of the Matthew Shepard Foundation Board of Directors 

View Matthew Shepard Foundation Website

In her continuing role as board president, Ms. Shepard travels across the nation speaking to audiences about what they can do as individuals and communities to make this world a more accepting place for everyone, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sex, gender identity and expression, or sexual orientation.

Speaking from a mother’s perspective, Judy also authored a 2009 memoir, “The Meaning of Matthew,” exploring the family’s journey through the prosecution of Matthew’s assailants, the ensuing media coverage, and their continuing work to advance civil rights. Originally trained as a teacher, Mrs. Shepard holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wyoming where she later pursued some post-graduate studies.

Sultan Shakir

Executive Director of SMYAL (Sexual Minorities Youth Assistance League) 

View SMYAL Website

SMYAL supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region. Through youth leadership, SMYAL creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills, and engage their peers and community through service and advocacy. Committed to social change, SMYAL builds, sustains, and advocates for programs, policies, and services that LGBTQ youth need as they grow into adulthood. Joining Mr. Shakir on the panel will be a member of SMYAL’s youth community.

About The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson

The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson was named Vice President of Religion and Senior Pastor at Chautauqua Institution September 1, 2017. He was elected Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire on June 7, 2003, becoming the first openly gay and partnered priest to be elected Bishop in historic Cristendom. He served as IX Bishop of New Hampshire until his retirement in early 2013. A Senior Fellow at both the Center for American Progress and Auburn Seminary, Bishop Robinson is a celebrated interfaith leader whose ministry has focused on helping congregations and clergy, especially in times of conflict, utilizing his skills in congregational dynamics, conflict resolution and mediation. He is the author of In the Eye of the Storm: Swept to the Center by God (Morehouse, 2006) and God Believes in Love: Straight Talk about Gay Marriage (Knopf, 2012). In addition to being a popular speaker in the U.S. and abroad, he writes opinion columns on a variety of topics for The Daily Beast, Huffington Post and