Tuesday, October 7, 2014

2014 NGLCC Policy & Procurement Forum and National Dinner

The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Policy & Procurement Forum on Thursday and Friday, November 20-21 followed by the always spectacular National Dinner on Friday evening (November 21). The dinner will once again be at the beautiful National Building Museum.

The Policy & Procurement Forum will have business leaders and policy makers from Washington, DC and across the nation for a look at federal contracting and important issues facing the business community in the 114th Congress. For more information and registration, please click here

The Chamber will celebrate 12 years of connecting LGBT business communities with it's National Dinner. Each year, this signature gala is dedicated to celebrating leading LGBT business owners and entrepreneurs, corporations and supplier diversity advocates, and government community leaders.  To learn more about the dinner and to register, please click here.  

Don't wait until the last minute to decide to attend these events. Space and Tickets are going fast.  See you in DC!

1st Global Virtual Reality GLBT Travel Expo

We are pleased to announce that the 1st Global Virtual Reality GLBT Travel Expo will be held November 15th  and 16th , 2014. The show will be open from 11am to noontime for business to business (B2B) opportunities and from noon to 5 pm for consumers. “Unlike any other event, this show will allow members of the hospitality industry to connect with GLBT travelers across the world” said Steven Levenberg, show producer. “In this new virtual reality platform, 3D, colorful world we are creating, gay travelers will be able to walk down aisles filled with airlines, cruises ships, hotels, exotic destinations and convention and visitor bureaus via chat, skype, downloadable pdfs of brochures and videos,  exhibitors will be able to tell their story about their properties. exotic destinations and special deals for GLBT travelers. 

The technology for this new event is being provide by Hyperfair, the worlds leader in this new type of business communication. Their 3D immersive environment is a landmark achievement which will be provided to exhibitors and attendees It’s game-like technology enables life-like dynamics, allowing people to do business matching as if they were there in person.

For further information about this historic event, please contact Steve Levenberg or call 718.622.5709. To register and visit the site click here

Octobers Non-Profit Spotlight: The Tyler Clementi Foundation

The Tyler Clementi Foundation is a national organization dedicated to ending online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces and congregations. 

The Tyler Clementi Foundation (TCF), guided by the life and story of Tyler Clementi, promotes safe, inclusive and respectful social environments for vulnerable youth including LGBT youth and their allies. TCF works to develop high quality programs, rooted in research, that will measurably make a difference to reduce victimization of our youth. 

Through educational partnerships, research, public dialogues and awareness programs, TCF fosters empathetic, constructive discussions of respect and dignity for youth and families, at all levels of society. To learn more about TCF and it's mission click here

Upcoming Fund Raiser:  Be Demi's BFF for a Day

Be Demi's BFF for a Day is a grassroots campaign, driven by Social media and email through the friends, family, followers and colleagues to raise awareness and funds for the Tyler Clementi Foundation.  To learn more and have chance to spend a day being BFF's with Demi Lovato click here.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Marriage Equality USA Presents "History In The Making"

What did it take to achieve marriage equality in New York? Follow unintentional archivist Fred Anguera as he documents Marriage Equality New York (est. 1996) - the nation's oldest grassroots marriage equality organization on its journey to legalizing love (see movie trailer). From rallies and marches, through a cross-country tour of New York, to the signing of the 2011 Marriage Equality Act, this all-volunteer grassroots organization was a driving force for the cause in the streets and with state politicians.

History in the Making highlights many of the organization and movement activists including Edie Windsor, Cathy Marino-Thomas, Ron Zacchi, as well as celebrities like Margaret Cho and Cynthia Nixon and local politicians like Assemblyman Danny O'Donnell, Senator Thomas Duane, Speaker Christine Quinn, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

  • Christine Quinn (former President, NYC City Council)
  • Cathy Marino-Thomas (former President, MENY / MEUSA)
  • Fred Anguera (Director)
  • Brian Silva (Executive Director, MEUSA)
History in The Making will be on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 5:30pm - 8:30pm at New York Life, 51 Madison Ave., New York, NY. For more information contact Brian Silva at bsilva@marriageequality.org or call 347.913.6369. For tickets clicks here

NGLCCNY is a proud sponsor of this event. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

OPAM New York Presents OUT Field

OPAM New York, presents OUT Field, a discussion on out LGBT athletes and what it means for marketers. The panel discussion will be on Tuesday, September 16th at 6:30PM at The New York Times Building located at 620 8th Avenue.

Kate Fagan - Writer ESPN
Steve Eder - Investigative Sports Reporter at The New York Times
Bruce Hayes - Managing Director at Edelman
Doug Melville - Chief Diversity Officer, North America at TBWA\Worldwide
Mark Truss - Global Director of Brand Intelligence at JWT

Moderated by Stuart Elliott - Advertising Columnist at The New York Times

6:30 - Cocktail  Reception
7:00 - Panel Discussion

To RSVP click here.

Sting, Patti LuPone, and Jane Lynch in One-Night-Only Concert for Global Equality

We are thrilled to share about an amazing benefit concert starring Sting and Patti LuPone and hosted by Jane Lynch on Monday, September 15th at the Gershwin Theatre in New York at 8:00PM. 
Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality stars 16-time Grammy Award-winner Sting and two-time Tony and Grammy Award-winner Patti LuPone. Hosted by the hilarious Jane Lynch from Glee, the evening also features performances from Tony and Grammy Award-winner Billy Porter; the cast of WICKED; the cast of ONCE; Matt Gould, Griffin Matthews, and the cast of Witness Uganda; members of the cast of I Am Harvey Milk; country-music star Chely Wright; Bollywood star Celina Jaitly; a Grammy Award-winning surprise musical guest, and more

Written by Academy Award-winning Dustin Lance Black (Milk), executive producers Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin) and Bruce Cohen (American Beauty, Milk, Silver Linings Playbook) have brought together this all-star cast for a one-night-only show that will weave together stories and performances from activists and musical artists from around the world. 

The net proceeds raised from the show will go to Fueling the Frontlines, a campaign by the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, the only philanthropic organization in the United States solely dedicated to advancing LGBTI rights globally.
For more information and tickets for the show click here

LGBT CONFEX Ready for LGBT Business Forum in Colombia's Equality Week

New York, September 9, 2014 – The 5th edition of LGBT CONFEX’s LGBT Business Forum will bring a delegation of international business leaders to this year’s IV Equality Week taking place in Bogota, Colombia from September 28 to October 5, 2014.

This marks the first time Latin America's leading LGBT business network, LGBT Confex, brings the full conference outside of Mexico, where it has held editions in Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Guadalajara and this year’s Vallarta-Nayarit. The tailor-made event was developed and produced an LGBT Business Forum for Bogota's Equality Week as part of a request made by the City of Bogota.

The LGBT Business Forum will be held at Camara de Comercio de Bogota - Chapinero and will be a B2B and consumer event focused on the LGBT community in an effort to increase awareness and respect for sexual orientation and gender identification in the workplace and in the community in general.

The LGBT Business Forum will open with an exclusive showing of Oasis/Keidas a documentary on the struggles of HIV + indigenous populations in Mexico which won this year’s Guadalajara Premio Maguey International Film Festival

In addition, it will include elements designed to maximize networking business and educational opportunities in addition to educational and social opportunities, making the experience as complete as possible for all participants. Including Marriott International’s Vice President of Multicultural Markets and Alliances. “I am excited to be part of this important team working to accomplish business goals and to help position Marriott as a global diversity leader. Diversity is the one thing that we all have in common and I am proud to show how we at Marriott celebrate it every day” - Apoorva N. Gandhi // Marriott

Other participants include Deena Fidas of the Human Right’s Campaign workplace equality program and Daniel Lawrence Smith of the San Francisco-based Out & Equal Workplace Advocates will present workshops focused on LGBT diversity in the workplace Representatives from Mexico’s Mundo Cuervo and Quist App will also be on hand to develop new connections with local businesses.

We are proud to be a part of this year’s Diversity Week in Bogota as this is a great opportunity to spotlight the importance of sexual and gender diversity and acceptance in Latin American culture, be it in the workplace, schools or our daily life,” said CEO of LGBT Confex, Ruben Sandoval. “The 5th edition on LGBT Business Forum will showcase our commitment on the ways education and acceptance in the workplace can provide the tools for innovation and creativity.”

For more information click here.

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Latin America’s leading LGBT Business Network is LGBT Confex. Established in 2011, the organization has quickly demonstrated its capabilities to put together a professional team with staff that brings many years in event management and business networks expertise. Following the success of their inaugural event in 2011, LGBT Confex doubled in scale with its 2012 edition in Cancun and continued its growth in 2013's International LGBT Business Expo in Guadalajara, Mexico.  In 2014 the 4th edition was held in Puerto Vallarta in June.