Newsmaker: Jason Lucarelli
Noteworthy: On March 29 at Chatham University, Lucarelli gave the keynote address, “Why Advocate for LGBTQIA Youth?” The speech highlighted research Lucarelli has conducted on the population of kids who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex or asexual people.
Family: Daniel Martino, 45, Lucarelli’s longtime partner, died unexpectedly Feb. 17.
Occupation: A full-time graduate student at Chatham, Lucarelli also serves as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow doing volunteer research with the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh, the PERSAD Center and THRIVE of Southwest Pennsylvania, a nonprofit dedicated to helping schools reach out to often marginalized youth.
Education: Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Carlow University in 2012; pursuing a master’s degree in counseling at Chatham University
Background: Lucarelli organized the Proud Youth of Pittsburgh Convention that kicked off Nov. 21 at Chatham. Designed as a free meetup for LBGTQIA youth in middle and high school, the summit allowed them to share ideas about their diverse community while learning from experts about a wide range of social, political, medical and religious issues tied to LGBTQIA youngsters.
Quote: “Working with any marginalized population will reveal the struggles that they face in society. With LGBTQIA youths, they’re coming out at younger and younger ages, and that creates new challenges.”