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AAUW Hosts Conversation On LGBTQ+ Allyship

Ari Kenney found coming out as non-binary terrifying, but also liberating. For years growing up Kenney wrestled with not identifying wholly as a man or a woman. When in their mid-twenties they discovered the term “non-binary gender”, which refers to people who don’t identify as a man or a woman, Kenney had an “aha moment”. On Thursday, Nov. 9, Kenney will hold a conversation on LGBTQ+ allyship with members, guests and prospective members of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Oakdale-Riverbank-Escalon Branch. Attendees will hear Kenney’s story of discovering their identity and coming out as well as how to better understand, connect with, and support the LGBTQ+ people in their lives.

A consumer researcher with E&J Gallo Winery, Kenney (they/them) has dedicated their career to communicating action-inspiring empathy. Kenney shares both fact-based and first-hand experiences about the nuances of gender and sexuality and how to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. They strive to create a more understanding world by providing a non-judgmental safe space for candid conversations and education.

Members, guests and prospective members in the Oakdale, Riverbank, or Escalon area are invited to attend this 7 p.m. meeting on Nov. 9. Call Judy at (209) 480-0387 for location or other information.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) advances gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. Its nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and more than 800 college and university members. Learn more at Branch information is at or by emailing the branch at Graduates holding an associates or higher degree from an institution of the AAUW list of qualified institutions and persons holding an honorary degree are eligible for membership in AAUW.