• Oakland LGBTQ Center

POC LGBTQ FAMILY & YOUTH EMPOWERMENT With Ganna & Dawn - 3:00pm - 4:00pm


This workshop is for LGBTQ people of color and offers support and resources around combating institutionalized racism encountered with adoption and how to start a family.

Participants will also brainstorm about how to organize and coordinate avenues for healthy dialogues for QTPOC families and youth to share experiences with one another.


Ganna is an American born SriLankan who came to California straight out of Charlottesville, Virginia and lived in Berkeley for decades. Ganna  has worked as a volunteer/supporter of lgbtq centers in San Francisco, India, Japan and Sri Lanka and is a single lesbian Buddhist mom. Ganna helped to start the Oakland LGBTQ+ queer parents of color group, because of the many years of racism and bullying that she and her child has experienced from white identified queer parents, institutions and organizations.  Ganna has taught undergraduate decal classes at UC Berkeley titled "Queer South Asia" supervised by Judith Butler, and classes about the war and peace process in Sri Lanka. 

Ganna is interested in organizing exposure and accountability measures to reduce harm to all families of color and is currently working to start a Berkeley Women Against Rape (Berkeley WAR) center. 

Dawn was born and raised in Los Angeles, and moved to Oakland where she attended junior high and high school in the Oakland Public School system. She earned a BA in Political Science, a Master of Public Administration, and completed three years of law school. Her professional focus has been centered on non-profit management, executive-level administration, legal research, data collection/evaluation, in addition to delivering direct services and facilitating Know Your Rights workshops to the community. Dawn also teaches ballet, contemporary and West African dance at the Downtown Berkeley YMCA.

In her spare time, Dawn is a published author with two current book projects in the works, a blogger, and a social and political activist who wholly believes that she has the responsibility to use her words, whether they be written or verbal, to uplift, motivate and specifically address issues that affect her community. She’s also a mother of 3 boys, a wife, an avid reader, a gymnast, and a trained dancer who has performed with several companies throughout the Bay Area.



3207 Lakeshore Ave.
(Entrance on Rand Ave.)
Oakland, CA 94610




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12:00 pm- 8:00 pm

Open Saturdays for group activities. Closed  Sundays (except for special events). For event and meeting details, please see our calendar.

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