Kate and I don't want to dine alone as we celebrate a great year of legislative gains in North Carolina, so why don't you join our table at Equality NC Foundation's 2009 Equality Gala on Saturday, November 14 (6:30PM-9:00PM) at the beautiful Empire Room in downtown Greensboro?
This year Equality NC Foundation will be honoring Sen. Julia Boseman for her courageous leadership in getting the School Violence Prevention Act passed. Special recognition will also be given to Winston-Salem's young Kate Mabe for drawing statewide media attention to how it feels to be bullied and to the strength of character our young people need to move forward in a tough world.
There will also be a special presentation by Lennie Gerber. She and her partner Pearl Berlin are currently gracing billboards in Greensboro, the latest campaign by Triad Equality Alliance to show through pictures that we're just like everyone else. Click here to see the beautiful photo of Lennie and Pearl.
The 2009 Equality Gala will follow the 2009 Equality Conference to be held at UNCG, which will feature eighteen workshops to choose from, including a session that Mandy Carter, Jimmy Creech and and I will hold on:
The Dallas Principles: No Delay, No ExcusesThe keynote speaker Brian Bond, the White House Deputy Director of Public Engagement and former Executive Director of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, so you know it will be a unique opportunity to hear plans from and speak with someone in the Obama admin.
In May 2009, in Dallas, Texas, twenty-four thinkers, activists, and donors gathered to discuss the immediate need for full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the United States. The result was The Dallas Principles. This panel, composed of some of the authors, will discuss the Principles, the goals they address and the accompanying call to action. The audience will be invited to discuss how the Principles can be implemented nationally, statewide and locally.
To register for the conference, gala, or both events, go to equalitync.org/conference.
When you register for the gala, you'll be asked if you've been recruited by a captain. Find our names in the pull-down list of captains so you can be seated with your blogmistress and my lovely wife Kate...
You can also go to equalitync.org/conference for hotel info, the gala menu, preferred attire, directions, and other details. New information is being added daily, so stay tuned...
Kate and I look forward to seeing you there!