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Zoom Drop-In: LGBTQ+ Identity, Culture, and Allyship with Cierra Balog and Lynne Perryman

Wednesday, August 9, 2023, 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM
Meeting ID:
240 191 593
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Join us for our free monthly Zoom Drop-In!

Fireside Chat: LGBTQ+ Identity, Culture, and Allyship

With Cierra Balog and Lynne Perryman

Wednesday, August 9
12–1pm Central Time

Meeting ID: 240 191 593
Passcode: Lunch

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How many of us know someone who is part of the LGBTQ+ community? Friends, family, neighbors? How do we make safe spaces for them? What can I do to support people who aren't normally supported by our society? What does it mean to be a good ally? These are a few questions that will be discussed by Cierra Balog and Lynne Perryman during this fireside chat. They will also be discussing the nuances of living with LBGTQ+ identities and what that means to them. Some things you may be able to learn from this event and use moving forward include allyship, understanding and accepting marginalized identities, and knowing when to speak up versus when to listen.

• Allyship: What is it? How can I be a good ally?
• Pride Flags 
• Pronouns, how do they work?


Cierra Balog (they/them), CHPV Intern Emeritus
Cierra is a non-binary person and uses they/them pronouns. They graduated from The University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies. After that, they worked at a community mental health drop-in center in Iowa City named R Place. R Place Peer Recovery Center is an affiliate of NAMI Johnson County or the National Alliance for Mental Illness. Currently, they are in school to get a graduate degree from Adler University. They are working towards a Master’s degree in Counseling, Art Therapy.

Lynne PerrymanLynne Perryman, Vice President, Control Manager, JPMorgan Chase, N.A 
Lynne Perryman is a Control Manager with over 20 years of experience assisting internal stakeholders by identifying and mitigating risk for their current processes. Lynne’s career reflects a demonstrated track record of leading large-scale transformation initiatives, driving global execution of strategic initiatives, and the end-to-end execution of the Risk & Control Self-Assessment, including control breaks and resolutions, helps the firm reduce financial loss, regulatory exposure, and reputational risk.

She recently ended her term as a Board Member for Equality Illinois. Equality Illinois is the state’s oldest, largest, and most effective advocacy organization dedicated to defending rights for the LGBTQ+ Community. Assisted with developing  a groundbreaking "Get Out the Vote" campaign, Vote Naked Illinois, which received extensive media coverage statewide and around the globe. The campaign led to over 75,000 mail-in votes in the 2010 election in Cook County/City of Chicago alone.

Prior to joining the Equality Illinois Board, Lynne served on the Board of Directors for Center on Halsted. Center on Halsted is the Midwest's most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. Lynne help lead and maintain the Women’s Action Committee, which led to feeding and clothing homeless youth in our community.

She served as the National Chair at JPMorgan in the DEI space, focusing on Advancing Black professionals, she also led the Regional Business Resource Group for the Illinois Chapter. In addition, Lynne worked with After School Matters and other non-profit organizations in collaboration with JPMorgan.

Lynne currently resides in Bronzeville with her partner Jolynn. Lynne has two children Lauren 31 and Autumn 25.


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