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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, July 22, 2016
CONTACT: Brad Luna, LUNA+EISENLA media
brad@lunaeisenlamedia.com | 202-812-8140 (mobile)


Democratic National Convention & the LGBT Community

Premier LGBT Civil Rights Summit’s Full List of Events & Participants from July 25-28 in Philadelphia

Over 25 National LGBT Leaders, Elected Officials, Newsmakers and Experts Convene to Discuss Future of the LGBT Movement

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Equality Forum, the nation’s premier lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights summit, will bring together over 25 national LGBT leaders, elected officials, newsmakers and experts for this year’s summit to be held July 25ththrough July 28th, concurrent with the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.  

Equality Forum 2016 will convene prominent, national voices for four panel discussions on the state and future of the LGBT movement, as well as hold two historic marker dedications and the LGBT Champions Award ceremony. 

The full schedule (including dates, times, locations and participants) of Equality Forum 2016 can be viewed at www.equalityforum.com.

A complete list of events and participants for media planning purposes is also included below.

MEDIA RSVP:  Media looking to cover Equality Forum 2016, convening the LGBT community’s leading voices during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 25th – 28th, should RVSP by emailing Brad Luna, LUNA+EISENLA media, brad@lunaeisenlamedia.com

NOTE:  Press check-in for all events will begin 30 minutes prior to the event start time.
 

Equality Forum Schedule of Events & Participants

 

MONDAY, JULY 25th

NATIONAL LEGAL PANEL

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

National Museum of American Jewish History (Dell Theater)

101 South Independence Mall East (5th and Market Streets)

Philadelphia, PA 19106

Moderator

  • R. Bradley Sears, Executive Director of the Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law

Panelists

  • James Esseks, Director, ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & HIV Project
  • Roberta Kaplan, Counsel to Edie Windsor
  • Shannon Minter, Esq., Litigation Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • Janson Wu, Executive Director, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)

Special Guest

  • Jim Obergefell, Plaintiff, Supreme Court Marriage Equality Case (signing of his book, Love Wins, directly after the National Legal Panel)

 

TUESDAY, JULY 26th

 

BARBARA GITTINGS RESIDENCE HISTORIC MARKER DEDICATION

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Locust Commons

241 South 21st Street (intersection of 21st & Locust Streets)

Philadelphia, PA 19103

Keynote Speaker

  • Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker

Additional Speakers

  • Malcolm Lazin, founder and executive director, Equality Forum
  • Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson
  • Paul Steinke, Executive Director, Preservation Alliance
  • Special performance by the Anna Crusis Women’s Choir, oldest feminist choir in the United States of which Barbara Gittings was a member

 

NATIONAL POLITICS PANEL

Tuesday, July 26th, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

National Museum of American Jewish History (Dell Theater)

Moderator

  • Richard Socarides, Democratic Strategist and Commentator

Panelists

  • Jared Polis, U.S. Representative, Colorado
  • Gregory Angelo, President of the Log Cabin Republicans
  • Mira Patel, former Obama Administration Senior Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development and U.S. Department of State
  • Gautam Raghavan, Vice President of Public Policy, Gill Foundation

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27th

 

PHILADELPHIA CONFERENCE HISTORIC MARKER DEDICATION

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Arch Street Meeting House

320 Arch Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106

Keynote Speaker

  • Academy Award winner of Harvey Milk’s biopic MILK, Dustin Lance Black

Additional Speakers

  • Malcolm Lazin, founder and executive director, Equality Forum
  • Philadelphia City Councilman Mark Squilla
  • Paul Steinke, executive director, Preservation Alliance
  • Wally Evans, Clerk, Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust

 

ELECTED OFFICIALS PANEL

Wednesday, July 27th, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

National Museum of American Jewish History (Dell Theater)

Moderator

  • Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, President and CEO, Victory Fund and Institute

Panelists

  • Sean Patrick Maloney, U.S. Representative, New York
  • David Richardson, State Representative, State of Florida
  • Mark Takano, U.S. Representative, California
  • Maura Healey, Attorney General, State of Massachusetts

 

THURSDAY, JULY 28th

 

FUTURE OF THE MOVEMENT PANEL

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

National Museum of American Jewish History (Dell Theater)

Moderator

  • Kevin Naff, Editor, Washington Blade

Panelists

  • Chad Griffin, President, Human Rights Campaign
  • Melissa Harris-Perry, Pro Humanitate Institute
  • Kevin Jennings, Executive Director, Arcus Foundation
  • Evan Wolfson, Former President, Freedom to Marry

 

LGBT CHAMPION AWARDS RECEPTION

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

National Museum of American Jewish History (Third Floor Freedom Experience)

  • House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
    21st Annual International Role Model Award
     
  • Ed Rendell, Chair of the Philadelphia Host Committee of 2016 Democratic National Convention
    The Frank Kameny Award
  • Jim Obergefell, Plaintiff, Supreme Court Marriage Equality Plaintiff
  • Malcolm Lazin, Executive Director, Equality Forum

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About the Equality Forum

Equality Forum coordinates LGBT History Month, produces documentary films, undertakes high-impact initiatives and presents the largest annual national and international LGBT civil rights summit.  

Equality Forum is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to advance national and international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights with an educational focus.  For more information on the Equality Forum, please visit: www.equalityforum.com

 


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