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As an educator, activist, and former Broadway actor, Dr. Philip McAdoo has spent his life fighting for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth, families, and educators. Independent Queers is an ultimately searing exploration—featuring teachers of all grade levels—that will resonate for generations to come.

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela

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  • Philip McAdoo has a deep commitment to working within the diversity field.  The power of his approach is that he is concerned and focused on the individual and the experience of said individual.  I have grown and learned about myself and the world through our numerous collaborations

    Andre Robert Lee The Prep School Negro
  • Philip McAdoo and his son Zaden from Atlanta--came to Washington, DC to highlight how essential a loving home can be to a child in need of support and understanding. Philip, his partner Sean Cavanaugh, and Zaden are a beautiful, loving, globe-trotting family; simply being with them just warms your heart. Their story is the happy ending which every foster care youth and potential parent should have the opportunity to experience.  

    Rep. John Lewis Congressman & Civil Rights Leader
  • Philip McAdoo's diversity leadership was impressive to witness. I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this much-needed dialogue around LGBTQ issues and diversity

    Jesse Tyler Ferguson ABC’s Modern Family
  • “Having the opportunity to listen to a proud leader in both the African-American and LGBTQ+ communities was eye-opening...students who had never seen themselves in a leader before connected with Dr. McAdoo, viewing him as a role model.”  

    Lara-Kate Lanza - Student
  • “When Dr. McAdoo met with our Gay-Straight Alliance and Students of Color Alliance student leaders, he let them know that their voices, as minority students, would not go unnoticed… it was reassuring for our students to hear his acknowledgment, not only as a person of color in a leadership position, but as a person of color who works to cultivate diversity, equity, and inclusion in schools.”

    Kristine O’Brien, World Languages Department Faculty Chapel Hill - Chauncy Hall

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