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GLAAD To Honor Ali Rosenthal

GLAAD announced that the founder of Leadout Capital, Ali Rosenthal will be honored with the Ric Weiland Award at the 2019 GLAAD Gala San Francisco on September 28th at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, CA. The Ric Weiland Award honors an innovator in tech & new media who is advancing equality & recognition of our LGBTQ community. Ali Rosenthal has made this mission her full-time job: founding Leadout Capital to find, vet & support founders who are building companies for overlooked & underserved markets & communities. Previous GLAAD San Francisco Honorees include Sam Altman, Marc Benioff, Margaret Cho, Hannah Hart, Adam Lambert, Don Lemon, Alyssa Milano, Megan Mullally, Tyler Oakley, Shonda Rhimes, Cybill Shepherd, Brooke Shields, Megan Smith, Emil Wilbekin & more. Ali joins the Davidson/Valentini honoree Dan Levy for what will be an unforgettable evening hosted by Peppermint with many more announcements to come. GLAAD Gala San Francisco begins with arrivals & cocktail reception at 5:30P followed by a dinner & awards ceremony at 7P & an after party at 10P. The GLAAD Gala San Francisco celebrates & features storytellers & tech innovators who accelerate LGBTQ acceptance & helps fund GLAAD’s digital advocacy work to grow LGBTQ inclusion in digital and social media. Funds raised from the GLAAD Gala SF support GLAAD’s crucial programs working to accelerate acceptance for LGBTQ people. The GLAAD Gala San Francisco is presented by Gilead, Ketel One Family-Made Vodka & Wells Fargo.
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Dan Baer Speaks OUT (AUDIO)

This week I talked with Dan Baer, former US Ambassador for the Obama administration & Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate about his campaign to defeat Republican Senator Cory Gardner in Colorado. Dan is endorsed by both the LGBTQ Victory Fund & Foreign Policy for America Action Network & if elected he will become the first openly gay man to serve in the US Senate. In a record-breaking second quarter his U.S. Senate FEC report shows $1,355,256 in total receipts with 87% of donations in amounts of $100 or less & an average online contribution of $25. This is the largest initial report for an LGBTQ candidate running for the U.S. Senate or U.S. House in history. Baer stated, “I’m proud that thousands & thousands of people are rising to meet this moment with us because they believe Colorado & our country can do better than the failed leadership of Cory Gardner, Mitch McConnell & Donald Trump." Dan Baer graduated from Harvard University with a degree in social studies & African American studies & was then a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University where he earned masters & doctoral degrees in international relations. Baer served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights & Labor under Secretary Clinton & Secretary Kerry from 2009 to 2013 & then as the youngest United States Ambassador to the Organization for Security & Co-operation in Europe from 2013 to 2017. In 2018 Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Baer as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Dan lives in Denver with his husband Brian Walsh a climate economist. I talked to Dan about his groundbreaking campaign & his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

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Lesbians Who Tech & Allies Event

The Lesbians Who Tech + Allies Leadership Summit takes place in New York from September 11th to 13th for mid-level & executive non-binary, LGBTQ women & their allies. This summit will bring their most accomplished leaders for an intimate conference focused on technology trends. Confirmed speakers will include Alicia Garza, Principal, Black Futures Lab & Co-founder, #BlackLivesMatter & Supermajority, Arlan Hamilton, Founder, Backstage Capital, Cecile Richards, Co-founder, Supermajority & Former President, Planned Parenthood, Cheryl Contee, CEO, Do Big Things, Claudia Brind-Woody, VP of Global Intellectual Property Licensing, IBM, Dana Lawson, VP of Engineering, Github, Dara Treseder, CMO, Carbon, Debbie Millman, Host, “Design Matters”, Gabrielle Korn, Editor, Writer & Former Editor-in-Chief, NYLON, Gretchen Saegh-Fleming, CMO, L'Oréal, Isabel Sierra Gómez de León, Creative Director, Bloomberg, Jen Vescio, Principal, Awestruck Ventures, Jen Wong, COO, Reddit, Jess Szmajda, CTO, Axios, Jimena Almendares, CEO of Global Payments, Intuit, Kara Swisher, Co-founder, Recode & Op-ed Columnist, The NY Times, Katherine Grainger, Co-founder, Supermajority & Partner, Civitas Public Affairs Group, Kelcey Gosserand, Program Director, Developer Advocacy North America, IBM, Kima Jones, Founder, Jack Jones Literary Arts, Linda Wastack, Customer Experience & IT Executive Director, Verizon Wireless, Robyn Exton, Founder, HER, Roxane Gay, Writer & Editor, Roz Harris, Recruiting Manager, Slack, Salina Brown, Director of User Experience, HP, Shamina Singh, President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, Sophie Vandebroek, Former VP of Emerging Technology Partnerships, IBM, Swati Vauthrin, VP of Engineering, Buzzfeed, Stephanie Mehta, Editor-in-Chief, Fast Company & Yasmin Green, Director of Research & Development, Jigsaw, Google Alphabet. The conference speakers consist of 80% lesbians, 50% women of color, 25% black & latinx & 15% transgender & gender non-conforming.
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Trump Attacks LGBTQ Workers

As we gear up for the U.S. Supreme Court to hear oral arguments October 8th in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia & Altitude Express v. Zarda on whether the federal ban on employment discrimination “because of sex” applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation the Trump administration has ramped up their attack on LGBTQ workers. First the U.S. Department of Labor proposed a rule last week that attempts to let government contractors discriminate against workers in the name of religion. Then the Department of Justice submitted a brief on Friday arguing that transgender people are not protected by Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination. This brief was submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case EEOC v. Harris Funeral Homes. Sarah Warbelow HRC Legal Director stated, “The Trump-Pence administration’s filing today is both legally & morally unjustifiable. Their argument is un-American, anti-business & flies in the face of decades of federal case law, including established Supreme Court precedent. There can be no justification for such a narrow interpretation of the term ‘sex.’ Our community will not be silent & we will not be erased.” In July this case & two related filings, HRC, Lambda Legal, Out & Equal, Out Leadership & Freedom for All Americans submitted a “friend of the court” brief signed by over 200 major corporations arguing that LGBTQ people should be understood to be protected under Title VII. The landmark brief had more corporate signers than any previous business brief in an LGBTQ non-discrimination case. People we must stay vigilant on what the Trump administration is doing to erase our LGBTQ community.
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Jimmy James Plays Boston

Jimmy James has electrified audiences with his live impressions of the greatest vocalists in history for decades & he’s coming to Boston on Friday August 16th at Club Café 209 Columbus Avenue at 8P. When it comes to his live impressions Jimmy James is by far the best with sold-out shows & standing ovations for over 30 years across the nation he has electrified audiences with his tributes to the greatest vocalists in history including Cher, Elvis, Barbra Streisand, Adele, Patsy Cline, Lana Del Rey, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Liza Minnelli, Stevie Nicks, Judy Garland, Neil Diamond, Macy Gray, Billie Holiday, Tina Turner Robin Thicke, Eartha Kitt, Diana Ross, David Bowie & more. His impressions of entertainment icons such as Marilyn Monroe & Bette Davis have been wowing audiences for decades. After 2 Sold-Out shows in Ogunquit, Maine he’s playing Boston for the first time in thirty years bringing his show FASHIONISTA to Club Café. Billboard Magazine review of FASHIONISTA stated, "Once in a great while, a camp anthem squirms its way out of the gay ghetto into the pop-culture world at large (a la RuPaul's "Supermodel"). "Fashionista," by veteran New York performance artist Jimmy James, is so damn clever, it is hard not to offer a howling squeal of approval.” In addition to topping the Billboard dance charts James has also over 35 million views on YouTube. This show is definitely going to sell-out so reserve you seat now for a mere $25 plus service.
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My Woodstock Trip Revisited Part 2

During the summer of 1969 I was seeing this guy Rob who had a Ford Econoline van & he was game in making the drive to Woodstock. Then the complications began to arise. He also wanted to take this other person Anne. We stopped off at a mutual friend of ours Richard whose college roommate Patrick was visiting. Patrick decided he wanted to join us so our Woodstock foursome was established & we were off for Bethel, New York the evening of August 14th. We drove as far as the traffic would allow & then had to walk to the site of the concert. The day was typically hot for August as Patrick & I headed for the concert site. Rob & Anne remained in the van to explore their new found chemistry in the time of drugs, sex & rock 'n' roll as they were redefining the latter. I’m not sure how many miles Patrick & I walked but it seemed to take hours as we joined the steady stream of thousands on our crusade to the concert site. Along the way we drank water from neighboring lawn hoses since this was way before bottled water & stores along the way were quickly selling out of stock. As we neared the concert site Hog Farm a commune from New Mexico was serving free bowls of brown rice. I think it was the first time I ate brown rice. As we entered the concert site I was overwhelmed hearing Richie Havens lead a chorus of hundreds of thousands singing With A Little Help From My Friends followed by Strawberry Fields For Ever, Hey Jude & finishing with Freedom. We left the site as the sun was setting & Tim Hardin was singing If I Were A Carpenter & made our way back to Rob & Anne in the van. We slept through the night & were awakened by thunder & lightning with pouring rain in the morning & mutually agreed to leave Woodstock. We were golden caught in the devil's bargain & we got ourselves back to the garden of Cape Ann. Read Part One
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My Woodstock Trip Revisited

Fifty years ago I was a child of God walking along the road to Yasgur's farm to join in a rock 'n' roll concert called Woodstock. It changed the course of my life & led to my obsession of being at the right place at the right time. For me 1969 was riveted with major events both personal & global. Nixon had just become president & the Vietnam War was raging. The military draft was on everyone’s mind because if you were an 18 year old male you either went to college or Vietnam or escaped to Canada. Being female the draft wasn’t going after me but it was going after all my draft age male friends & family members. Now I had just graduated from Newton South High School in Massachusetts & I was headed to the University of New Mexico at the end of the summer. It was then my friend Sue told me about a concert in upstate New York called Woodstock that was happening Aug 15, 1969 to Aug 18, 1969 in Bethel, New York that she thought we must attend. The list of performers included Richie Havens, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Sly & The Family Stone, The Who, The Band, Crosby, Stills & Nash & many more. The ticket price for the 3-day event was $18 in advance & $24 at the gate which was equivalent to about $120 & $160 today. We did some investigating & found we could purchase the tickets at the Harvard Coop in Harvard Square in Cambridge. My family was vacationing in Gloucester MA so we took the train to Cambridge from Gloucester & purchased the tickets. Our strategy was we would convince our parents to let us go since we already made the investment. It was a plan & it worked. Now we just had to figure out how to get there. Read Conclusion...
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