Date & Time: November 16, 2022 1:00pm – 2:15pm
Location: Virtual & In-person at Ruth S. Harley University Center, Room 215/216

This event is open to everyone on campus and our surrounding communities.

Reverend Debra Hopkins will discuss religion and how it has evolved in the LGBTQIA+ Allies community.

November 14 through November 20 is Transgender Awareness Week. Join us for a series of programs honoring and exploring the experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in our community and beyond.

Rev. Debra J. Hopkins is a native New Yorker, a Trans Woman, and the Founder & Senior Pastor of Essentials for Life Ministries, an Online ministry that delivers messages of acceptance, hope, and love to the LGBTQIA + Community. She’s the Author of “Not Until You Have Walked In My Shoes” currently found on She’s also the Founder, and Executive Director of There’s Still Hope Charlotte, Inc. A not-for-profit organization that provides a “Transitional Housing Program for Trans & non-binary adults living homeless in and around the Mecklenburg County area. As an activist, Debra believes “words have POWER” and she believes we can all be
a real “Voice for Change” through action, activism, and community involvement that helps to put an end to the social and economic discrimination that’s ever present in our communities. Debra is the parent of three adult children and eight grandchildren.

This event is being presented in a hybrid format in University Center 215/216 and on Zoom using the following Meeting Link:

Rev. Debra J. Hopkins

About Rev. Debra J. Hopkins

Rev. Debra J. Hopkins is a native New Yorker and a proud Trans Woman of Color. She is a licensed non-denominational minister who continues to remain actively involved in ministry through pastoral care, writing, and community activism. She is the son theology focused on social, political, and economic oppression, spiritual renewal and wholeness in a fragmented world.

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