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Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 – 12 pm Pacific Time
1 pm Mountain | 2 pm Central | 3 pm Eastern

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December begins with World AIDS Day where we remember the impact of HIV/AIDS in all our lives. There is a large generational divide for those who know someone who has died from HIV/AIDS.

Nearly half (47 percent) of gay and bisexual men ages 35 and older say they have lost someone close to them to the disease, while just 8 percent of those ages 18-34 say the same. For some, we remember and for others, we find ourselves impacted by HIV/AIDS and other health issues on a daily basis.

Our call will focus not only HIV/AIDS but on health factors and changes for the LGBT community.  We will cover two key aspects.

First we will have Immigration Equality talk about the connection between LGBT/HIV/Immigration from a global perspective.  Many who work for  multinational companies may work oversees, fall in love and marry and then find difficulties in trying to come back to the US if their partner is HIV positive.

Our second topic will more broadly look at how health care is changing for LGBT employees. we will hear from Aditi Hardikar, who is the new White House LGBT liaison, on how the face of health care is changing.  We are seeing the increase in full federal benefits for government employees and those who now live in states where marriage equality is a reality.  Aditi will also talk about the connections for the LGBT community with the Obama Healthcare plan.

Join us for this last call of 2014 to learn more about the quality of life issues that we deal with daily around our health!


Pat Baillie, Moderator

Pamela Denzer Asylum Program Supervisor, Immigration Equality

Aditi Hardikar, LGBT White House liaison

For more information, or to register, please click here.

Posted by: outandequal | December 9, 2014

Global Initiatives: LGBT in Brazil

– By Elyse Lopez

Growing up and being LGBT in Brazil was not always easy for Out & Equal accounting and human resources associate Jackson Rodrigues de Oliveira.

Jackson said he only came out to close friends and family in Brazil last year.

“When people find out a person they love is gay, they change their minds about the concept of what it means to be LGBT,” he said.

Jackson at Out & Equal Workplace Advocates headquarters.

Jackson at Out & Equal Workplace Advocates headquarters.

Jackson said he chose to work for Out & Equal because advocating for LGBT rights is important. He hopes that he can lead by example. In school, Jackson remembers the bullying being very scary and sometimes violent, but he doesn’t regret coming out.

“Coming out comes with responsibility,” Jackson said. “The reason I came out is because people need us (who are out) to fight for them.”

One of the biggest issues for the LGBT community in Brazil is legal access to the word “marriage.” While Brazil has civil unions that offer the same legal protections of marriage, the country’s Constitution still does not include same-sex couples in the traditional definition of marriage.The Brazilian civil union is a marriage in theory, but Jackson wants his partnership to be legally called a marriage.

“The concept of marriage in the constitution is still one man and one woman,” Jackson said.  “My wish is there to be no differences in marriages between any of the sexes.”


Because LGBT people are still fighting for fundamental rights, and often risk violence and murder, it should come as no surprise that sexual or gender orientation is not protected in the workplace either.

“They won’t say you can get fired for being gay, but they’ll create another excuse for it,” Jackson said.

This week, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates continued our support with founder and CEO Selisse Berry traveling to Sao Paulo to participate in an LGBT Forum. At the forum, dozens of multi-national corporations and local companies in Brazil gathered to express their support for LGBT workplace equality.

Executives from 12 companies signed a pledge of 10 Commitments supporting workplace equality. Over 150 people representing more than 40 companies were present, including:  IBM, Procter & Gamble, Accenture, BASF, Caixa Economica Federal, Carrefour, Dow, PwC, HSBC, GE, DuPont and Whirlpool.

Key executives pledged their support for these 10 commitments:

  1. Commit – presidency and executives – to the respect and promotion of LGBT rights.
  2. Promote equality of opportunities and fair treatment for  LGBT people.
  3. Promote a respectful, healthy and safe environment for LGBT people.
  4. Raise awareness and educating for respect to LGBT rights.
  5. Stimulate and support the creation of LGBT affinity groups.
  6. Promote respect of LGBT rights in communication and marketing.
  7. Promote respect of LGBT rights when developing products, services and customer care.
  8. Promote actions of professional development for people in the LGBT community.
  9. Promote economic and social development of LGBT people in the value chain.
  10. Promote and support actions in favor of LGBT rights in the community.

It is the first time in Brazil that companies of this magnitude have publicly shown their commitment to LGBT equality.

Selisse Berry in Brazil

Selisse Berry in Brazil

Jackson is happy to see some momentum in the LGBT community and wants to continue to advocate for his home country.

“It can be a great asset to push Brazil to think about the workplace,” he said. “Because we’re so behind fighting for rights, Out & Equal can push Brazil to think they can go ahead and ask for more equality even in the workplace.”

As a sign of support for their efforts, Selisse Berry gave a keynote speech about the importance of expanding the workplace movement to every part of the globe.

“I believe it is up to us to make a difference for those who may not be able to speak out on their own behalf for fear of retaliation,” Berry told the executives  gathered at the forum. “It will be our combined efforts — the pride and reach of a truly global family — that will allow us to create lasting progress in our quest for equality.”

Out & Equal is proud to be part of this historic movement to expand LGBT equality in workplaces globally.

Posted by: outandequal | November 26, 2014

Celebrate #GivingTuesday with Out & Equal

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Join us on December 2, 2014 for #GivingTuesday!
We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for shopping deals. This year, celebrate #GivingTuesday with Out & Equal–a day for giving back.

Give Back

Help make #GivingTuesday a success with a donation to fight for workplace equality. Giving even just $10 will make you a part of something much bigger on this national day of giving, and it’s easy to do. To help us achieve workplace equality, are you willing to:

Pay forward your Black Friday/Cyber Monday savings?
Skip a couple lattes?
Brownbag your lunch?
Take the bus instead of a cab?

What will you do to give to workplace equality?


See more of our share graphics like these to spread the word on Facebook and Instagram

Ready to Celebrate?

Give on December 2
Give online with our easy form! If you can’t wait, give now, too! Your gift will still count towards our #GivingTuesday goal.

Spread the word
Join us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and information about #GivingTuesday, and share our posts to spread the word with your friends and family. Forward an email, retweet a tweet, share a post and tell everyone you see.

Share your #unselfie 
An “unselfie” is a selfie photo showing unselfish acts—download, print and fill in the blanks of our #unselfie signs to share how and why you support Out & Equal’s fight for workplace equality on #GivingTuesday.


Chris and Amanda show how important it is AND how easy it is to celebrate #GivingTuesday in their unselfies


About #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. Learn more here.

Your gift of $10 or more will directly support our work to bring LGBT equality to every workplace in the world.

PS Give more by helping us win a free membership to Catchafire, a skills-based volunteer marketplace that will increase our capacity to do more good, by voting for Out & Equal here.

Posted by: outandequal | November 24, 2014

My Experience at the Out & Equal Workplace Summit

by Vijay Anand — posted with permission from his original blog.


Earlier this month, I attended the Out & Equal Workplace Summit on workplace equality in San Francisco, where Intuit was a platinum sponsor. It was a life changing experience for me. We had great participation from Intuit, with all of our Pride network leaders led by Scott Beth, the chair of our diversity council and Atticus Tysen, leader of the Intuit Pride network. A proud moment for me was winning the Champion Award for 2014. Receiving the award from Scott and subsequently speaking on stage to over 3000 attendees was an experience I will never forget.

The conference was beautifully organized with some amazing leaders including Billie Jean King, the star tennis player and Olympia Dukakis, celebrity actor, sharing their own personal stories. It was moving to hear the challenges they overcame and how they are helping others to do so too. I had great fun meeting our folks at the Intuit booth as well as walking through and learning from other companies. Scott and I also did a panel discussion the next day, along with Zafar, from Thomson Reuters; about our journey on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) awareness here in India, beginning with the roundtable event in January, and our most recent panel discussion in October. We had a great audience asking thoughtful questions about how they could learn from our experiences and make a difference in their own organizations in India. Clearly, I can see the momentum building for this community here in India.

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The most inspirational part of the event for me was meeting many people, including people from India or of Indian origin. They came up to me and thanked me for speaking out about this in India. Their own journey to come out has been so traumatic, disturbing and painful, particularly to their parents in India, their friends and family. Most of them still are not out to their circle in India, even though they are out to their friends and colleagues in the US!


My conversation with one gentleman, whom I shall not name, made me realize why it is so important for us, here in India, to be allies and champion the cause of LGBT equality. He is a young man from Bangalore, in fact from my own neighborhood! He now lives in the Bay Area and works for a top software company. He realized he was gay when he came to the US. His act of coming out to his parents almost drove him to the point of committing suicide. Even today, his parents are not comfortable and he is not out to any of his family and friends in India, because of the adverse reaction he expects. He is out to his American colleagues at work but not even to his Indian friends and colleagues, for he fears what their reaction will be.

Talking to me made him realize he had worked closely with my brother, who was with the same company at that time. His first reaction was, “Please don’t tell your brother, I am not out yet with him.” On second thoughts, he said, “Go ahead and tell your brother. Why shouldn’t he know?” He was inspired by the fact that we, at Intuit, are talking about LGBT and equality here in India, and feels that this will make a difference to the mindset among people here. He hopes it will help him convince his parents one day; that he is normal despite who he loves, and that they should continue to love him.

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Such conversations with people made me realize why I was doing this, why it was important to be there, speak to people, and in a small way, make a difference. I am proud to receive this award on behalf of the wonderful people at Intuit and on behalf of the mission we are on, to build true equality at our workplace, irrespective of our differences.


Posted by: outandequal | November 21, 2014

Transgender Day of Remembrance

By Elyse Lopez

Transgender Day of Remembrance is a time to remember family, Debbie Drew, Out & Equal Transgender Advisory Chair said:


Debbie Drew, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates Transgender Advisory Committee Chair

“In reality we all become one big family, so it’s not remembrance of people, but remembrance of family members who are no longer with us.” 

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is a time to remember those in the transgender community who have died as a result of violence against them based on their transgender identity.

However, according to Olivier Blumer, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates Transgender Advisory committee member, it can also be a time to reflect on those in the community who have contributed their life work advocating for equal rights, “people who have been doing things behind the lines, even if they weren’t killed,” Oliver said. “These lives are not taken lightly. We stand with all transgender people.”

We’re also losing many members of the transgender community to a high rate of suicide.

“It’s triggered by a numbered of factors: unemployed, underemployed or being fired because they’re trans,” Oliver said.

One of the ways to get involved is to partner with organizations dedicated to transgender advocacy, employee resource groups (ERGs) at work and non-profits that give back to the trans community.

“See how you can hold out your hand and help other people find jobs,” Oliver said.

Being transgender in a professional workplace makes Debbie think about diversity and inclusion. “We can’t pretend it’s going to fix itself,” she said. “The only way to help change cultures is to be involved and provide resources.”

And being involved can be as simple as standing up for what’s right.

“If someone says something derogatory don’t let them get away with it,” Debbie said.

Selisse Berry, CEO and founder of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, has always advocated for the “T” community in the workplace equality movement.

“When we started Out & Equal we weren’t only referring to it as the gay community or lesbian community, but as the LGBT community,” she said. “We were inclusive from day one.”  

Selisse Berry, Out & Equal CEO and founder with 2014 Out & Equal Workplace Summit attendees.

Selisse Berry, Out & Equal CEO and founder with 2014 Out & Equal Workplace Summit attendees.

When, during the 2007 Out & Equal Workplace Summit, a national organization urged Out & Equal to support an ENDA that only included sexual orientation, Selisse and the board didn’t budge.

“I stood up and the entire board stood up and said ‘No, we’re standing on behalf of our transgender brothers and sisters’,” Selisse said.

The LGBT community is more than just a group of people coming together, it’s a family, she said.

“We’ve lost too many people in our movement,” Selisse said. “Even with so much more awareness, murder still happens. It’s important to stop and remember that.”

If one person in the world is affected by prejudice, that means everyone is affected, Debbie said.

“The transgender rights movement is like the civil rights movement because it generates equality for everyone,” Debbie said. “If anyone is discriminated against, discrimination exists for everyone.”

This Transgender Awareness Week and TDOR, it’s critical to remember there are people who are targeted for violence and discrimination just because they’re transgender.

“Any form of discrimination, including workplace discrimination, gives license for violent people to attack us,” Debbie said. “TDOR is time to remember and reflect.”


Posted by: outandequal | October 14, 2014

Trans & Thriving at Work: Beyond Survival!

By Clair Farley


As a trans woman, I have faced discrimination in various settings:  college, work, the doctor’s office, public venues, events, and many other places that are important to our daily lives/survival. Today I see these challenges mirrored in my community while tirelessly working to find employment in a safe and equal workplace. Discrimination based on perceived or actual gender identity and expression is still an ongoing barrier in the workplace and beyond. Trans people continue to face harassment based on their clothing, self expression, and are constantly measured by the degree to which they are perceived as fitting into a masculine or feminine stereotype. Despite the efforts we have made towards equality, we still have work ahead of us to assure equal rights and economic opportunity for all.

Did you know that transgender job seekers face a high unemployment rate due to discrimination? Where I work, at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, we believe that employment is a basic right for everyone, including trans and LGBQ-identified individuals. This is why the Center offers a range of free and innovative LGBT Employment Programs to support success of diverse communities in the workplace. We hope to empower candidates to get back to work through our LGBT Career Fairs and one-on-one job coaching.

The Center’s employment initiatives—including the nation’s first Trans Employment Program (TEEI) —provides an array of services tailored to help LGBT people get back to work, transition on the job, connect to further training—such as Transcode, a computer programming series, one-on-one job search support, vocational case management, professional mentoring, HR training, and access to LGBT friendly jobs and employers.


There are also ongoing events that will focus on the LGBTQ community. We invite you to be part of the LGBTQ Economic Justice Week: Beyond Survival during Oct. 19-25, 2014. It is an annual week-long set of programs focused on creating a thriving community that has access to stable and equal employment, housing, healthcare, businesses and beyond.

Today, I have the opportunity to help others go after their dreams and share my story of resiliency to provide hope because despite the fear, I believe we can overcome discrimination and build a supportive community that not only survives, but thrives. I found love—got married, reconciled and created a family, and developed my career.  I am no longer in awe of my own determination because as trans people, it is just in our nature. As LGBT people we keep going; every day I am honored to give back my community as they look for work, a place to live, as they reach for their goals and start to thrive – beyond survival.

I hope you share and join our upcoming LGBT Career Fair on Oct. 22nd and all our Economic Justice Week events.  Also, hope you join me for the upcoming Workplace Summit workshop – Transgender Employment 201: Strengthen your commitment to workforce inclusion!

Click to see more events

Clair FarleyClair Farley is the Associate Director of Economic Development, at the SF LGBT Center. She is an economic and social justice advocate spearheading the Center’s Economic Development programs at the Center. Check out her tips for jobseekers on U.S. News here!

By Dr. Lauren Beach, J.D.

Today marks the 15th annual Celebrate Bisexuality Day. The day is also known as Bi Visibility Day or Bi Pride Day. To celebrate the last 15 years, GLAAD, BiNet USA and other bisexual organizations are launching Bisexual Awareness Week (#biweek www.bisexualweek.com). Some people may be wondering – why do bisexuals need a special day, let alone an entire week, to celebrate pride in their identity? Isn’t LGBT Pride Month enough? The truth is, bisexuals are often misunderstood and rejected not only by straight communities, but also all too often by our gay and lesbian allies. These misunderstandings stem from misconceptions that bisexuality is “just a phase,” or that because bisexuals are supposedly “half straight,” (actually, no, I’m 100% bisexual, thanks), they do not face as much stigma as gay or lesbian people for their sexual orientations.


For more #bihealthmonth resources, please visit the Bisexual Resource Center’s website.

Bisexual people experience a lack of understanding and a rejection of bisexuality known as biphobia  – and it has costs, not only on the individual level, but also in the workplace. As someone who has lived and worked in locations with varied laws recognizing LGBT equality in the workplace, my own life experiences have taught me the importance of the ability to be out at work. I found it was incredibly stressful working in a state without workplace equality and with no anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people. The lack of out LGBT workplace role models made coming out at work unknown territory. Would I be fired? Harassed? Would people rally to my support or defense? Everything was an unknown. Every time my boss asked to meet with me and every time my co-workers paused their conversations as I walked by, I would wonder – “Did they find out? Will I be fired?” This inability to bring “my whole self” to work distracted from my ability to dedicate 100% of my mental abilities to my job – an outcome that surely lowered my maximum potential productivity.

As a bisexual who has dedicated countless hours to LGBT organizations, causes, and movements, I have also experienced ridicule and rejection from gay and lesbian people who do not believe that bisexuality is a valid sexual orientation. I feared that my gay and lesbian colleagues might not support my coming out as bisexual – and that this rejection, even from supposedly peer LGBT community members – could encourage further ridicule from straight colleagues.


Even in states where LGBT employment protections for sexual orientation and gender identity exist, there are still misunderstandings and harassment based on bisexual identity. Biphobic comments in the workplace made by straight or gay and lesbian colleagues can create a hostile work environment that decreases workplace productivity. When people say, “your bisexuality is none of my business… why are you making it my business (by coming out at work?),” nothing could be further from the truth. Not feeling comfortable being out at work – whether as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender – decreases workplace productivity, hurting the bottom line. Creating a welcoming work environment for bisexuals – and all LGBT people – is literally everyone’s business.

So – how can recognizing events like Bisexual Awareness Week and Bi Visibility Day help? When an employer hosts a well-advertised, well-organized Bi Visibility Day event, they send a message it is okay to come out as a bisexual at work. Some employees will receive this message and choose to come out, creating the beginning of a Celebrating Bi Visibility Day. This will help bisexual employees to feel comfortable and accepted at work.

For more on Bisexual Awareness Week please visit www.bisexualweek.com

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Lauren B. Beach, JD/PhD is a former Chairperson of Bisexual Organizing Project. She is a native of Michigan who fell in love with Minnesota, and who now lives in Lusaka, Zambia.

The topic for Out & Equal’s Town Call for the month of September will be Bisexuality in the Workplace. Members of our Bisexual Advisory Committee and our Bisexual Leadership Roundtable will be hosting the call. This call will be taking place during an international Bisexual Awareness Week.

Heidi Bruins Green, chair of our Bisexual Advisory Committee had this to say about the upcoming call, “This Town Call will give you an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of the next big thing our ERGs will start being measured on: the experience of bisexuals in our companies.  What do you need to do to make sure your ERG doesn’t get behind others in creating an inclusive workplace? Join us and find out!”

Please join us on Thursday, September 25th, for an in-depth discussion with the experts to learn more about the diversity of this group and breaking down of myths surrounding this community. You can click here to register for the call.

For more information check out the resources listed below:

Out & Equal’s Bisexual Advisory Committee


Bisexual Resource Center

Posted by: outandequal | September 9, 2014

Work Those #OESummit2014 Workshops!

By Pat Baillie: 

LGBT Workplace equality has been taking major strides over the last year. The status of marriage equality in the US changes almost daily and globally we are seeing more countries joining the dialogue about inclusion. How do you keep up with it all?

Got questions? We got answers!

Got questions? We got answers!

I am a believer in one-stop shopping and the 2014 Out & Equal Workplace Summit is definitely the best way to discover the most current trends and best practices to take back to your company. We have panel discussions featuring leaders in the field and workshops that specifically address global issues during each of our workshop sessions. But, to get down to the nuts and bolts of how to run effective programs and increase inclusion, there are also 16 tracks in the six workshop sessions for you to choose from. Here is a brief description of each track to help you select the workshops that fit your needs:

  • It's your forum!

    It’s your forum!

    Allies – Learn to advocate for and support members of a community other than your own, working across differences to achieve mutual goals.

  • Beyond Corporate Workplaces – Gain valuable insights and new perspectives on best practices in the government, non-profit and academic sectors.

  • Beyond LGBT Diversity – Learn about the many other civil rights and human rights issues in our workplaces and communities, such as those affecting women, people of color, people with disabilities and veterans.

  • Bisexual – Get current with the research and best practices regarding the inclusion of bisexual employees in the workplace.

  • Changing Workplace Climate – Get up-to-date with the latest trends and data beyond the foundation blocks of policies and benefits: everything from self-ID to moving D&I out of WHQ and across the whole company.

  • Employee Resource Group (ERG)/Business Resource Group (BRG) Basics – How to start, grow, lead and sustain your ERG, at home and around the world.

  • Employee Resource Group (ERG)/Business Resource Group (BRG) Advanced – How to develop your ERG to serve as a business resource in the areas of employee growth/development and recruitment/retention, meeting the needs of a more diverse customer base and employee workforce.

  • Executives/Management – How to support managers at all levels to enact D&I values and educate all employees.

  • There's so much to choose from!

    There’s so much to choose from!

    General – Learn the basics of skill development, personal/professional planning and address areas beyond the scope of LGBT Workplace Equality not covered in the other categories.

  • Law, Policy & Benefits – How to build a basic Equal Employment Opportunity Policy to include sexual orientation/gender identity/gender expression and corresponding benefit packages at home and around the world for your employees. Plus, get the latest on ENDA and DOMA in the US.

  • Professional Development – Hone your HR and leadership skills, as well as mull over trainer and career development topics to advance equality and career opportunities.

  • Transgender – Get the latest research and best practices regarding inclusion of transgender employees in the workplace.

Click here for the full schedule of workshops. The detailed descriptions will be posted shortly. Many companies organize their Summit attendance to ensure maximum coverage by using the schedule to assign attendees to the various workshops. Then at the end of the day or the week, teams meet and debrief their takeaways.

Get fresh perspectives

Get fresh perspectives

Apart from the Leadership Day seminars, we do not pre-register attendees for specific workshops and all are open on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Workshop presenters come from all sectors of business, government and the non-profit (NGO) world to represent different perspectives on how to address the issues you face in the workplace. Panelists will provide lessons learned from their experiences and provide space for attendees to gather knowledge and advance the work they are doing within their companies. Most of our presenters are more than willing to work with you beyond the workshop to extend the reach of equality. Our network of instructors is a ready source of expertise and provides that all-important takeaway from the session you attend.

Diverse, informed panels of subject matter experts

Diverse, informed panels of subject matter experts

In addition to the workshops, we have created two other educational opportunities during each of the six workshop sessions:

  • Case studies – a deeper dive into innovative programs at specific companies. Sharing the way the programs are designed and inviting the audience to engage in-depth, allows attendees to gain a deeper understanding of leading-edge practices at these benchmark companies.
  • Roundtable discussions – moderated forums that stimulate focused discussions around questions, issues and solutions, driven by the attendees. Each roundtable will either be based on a topic e.g., transgender, bisexual, faith etc., or around a sector e.g., agricultural, government, retail etc. The key points and recommendations will be captured and compiled by the facilitator. These notes will help shape future programming by Out & Equal during our Summit, Town Calls and Out & Equal University – classrooms and online training. The work you are doing helps to build the concept of best practices so, be sure to share your viewpoints during these roundtable sessions.
Engage with other participants

Engage with other participants

Thank you to each of our presenters for their willingness to share their expertise and insights and the Out & Equal staff and board is looking forward to hosting everyone here in San Francisco. If you have any questions on the workshops be sure to reach out to us via twitter @OutandEqual using the hashtag #OESummit2014.


Pat Baillie, Director of Training and Professional Development, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates


By Elyse Lopez, Communications Intern, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates

Yes, you can be the star of the 2014 Out & Equal Workplace Summit in San Francisco!

All you have to do is make a video selfie and we’ve made it really easy for you to participate. You can make the video on your iPhone or other device and upload it directly to YouTube with just a few key strokes.

We will select several videos to feature on the big screen for thousands to enjoy during the 2014 Out & Equal Workplace Summit general sessions. Then we’ll post a compilation video online for the world to see.

All you have to do is look into your iPhone and respond to one of these prompts:

“Being out at work is important to me because…”
“I attend Summit because…”
“Workplace equality matters because…”
“At Summit, I’m looking forward to learning…”
“Out & Equal matters because…”

Be creative, but keep it short and snappy and submit your video by October 1st.
Don’t forget to say your name and where you are from, so we can identify the many diverse locations your videos come from!

The video below shows how easy it is to make and send a video selfie.

Here are the written instructions:

1. Make the video on your iPhone
2. Send the video by pressing the YouTube icon
3. Sign-in: 2014selfieproject@gmail.com
4. Password: out&equal
5. Title the video (put your name and city)
6. Press “publish”
7. Congrats, you’re done

If your device doesn’t allow you to send direct to YouTube then you can upload your video in H.264, .mov and .wmv formats this way:

username: jsavguest@gmail.com
password: sendfiles
instructions: log in, drag file into box indicated, put the following address into the “Recipients” field – SidC@jsav.com – Please type your name and location into the “Custom Message” field and hit SEND TRANSFER

So, how do you make the best looking video?

Here are some tips:

  1. Position your iPhone or other device SIDEWAYS, not up and down! A video made with the device held horiztonally always looks better than when you hold it vertically. This is really important. Remember, be sure to hold your device the long way — on its side. Don’t hold it up the tall way. How else can we say this? It’s that important!
  2. Rest your device on something solid. The video will look better and more steady than if you hold your device.
  3. The room must be QUIET.
  4. Do not make the video outside. There will be too much background noise and you won’t be heard clearly. The best quality sound will come from the quietest room possible.
  5. Use a room with a neutral, while or light-colored wall behind you.
  6. Position yourself at least 3 feet away from the wall behind you. This creates depth and you look better with it!
  7. Make sure the camera is no more than 3 feet away from your face. The camera needs to be close to get the best quality sound.
  8. Frame the shot with your head and shoulders.
  9. How to address the camera:
    1. Speak loudly and proudly.
    2. Short sound bites work best in video. We don’t want any Shakespearean monologs.
    3. Did we say “short?” It is important that you keep it short. If you have a lot to say, give us a series of sound bites that only contain one idea or thought. Keep each point to 10 seconds. Pause and take a breath between each point so we can pluck out the one we want.
    4. We will be editing this so take your time and don’t worry about getting it perfect the first time. Don’t worry if you do multiple takes, we will choose the best one, or parts of several.

Yes, it’s that simple. Just be yourself, be creative and have fun and we’ll see you at Summit. You have registered, right?

If you have any questions ask them in the comments box below or tweet us @OutandEqual

Elyse Lopez

Elyse Lopez

Posted by: outandequal | August 22, 2014

To Win, We Need To Give

By Roger Doughty, Executive Director – Horizons Foundation

UnknownThe first definition of “incredible” in Merriam Webster’s dictionary is “too extraordinary and improbable to be believed.” And that pretty well describes the kind of progress that the LGBT movement has been making lately. Simply incredible. So rapid that few of us would have predicted it even a few years ago. The stunning momentum of marriage equality. Sea changes in public opinion about LGBT people. President Obama’s signing of the Executive Order protecting LGBT employees of government contractors. Trans rights on the cover of TIME magazine.

We have a lot to be proud of and many reasons to feel optimistic about the future. But we’d be deluding ourselves to start thinking “we’re done.” For starters, we haven’t even won full legal equality and, in at least some places both in the U.S. and around the world, that day doesn’t look like it’s coming soon. In the majority of states, you can still be fired for being LGBT . Seventy-six countries still criminalize same-sex relations.


In short, we’re not finished yet.

Even if we do round out our legal victories in the U.S. over the next few years, that won’t be enough. After all, Brown v. Board of Education didn’t end racial injustice. Roe v. Wade didn’t end attempts to restrict reproductive freedom. Many in our community – including transgender people and LGBT people of color – continue to experience unconscionable levels of discrimination, poverty, and poor health. Thousands of workplaces remain unsafe for us. Many thousands of LGBT youth still find their schools and homes places of fear and danger, just as many thousands of our elders lack the support they need.

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To win legal equality and create the kind of accepting, affirming world that LGBT people have worked toward for so long, we have to do more than just keep up our commitments: we have to step them up. That means volunteering, voting, advocating in our workplaces – and money. Money isn’t everything in a movement (of course) but it’s absolutely necessary.

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But here’s a problem: research shows that less than five per cent of LGBT people in the U.S. contribute to LGBT organizations, which drive almost all our progress. This is documented in Horizons Foundation’s report, Building a New Tradition of Philanthropy. Think what we could accomplish if even two or three more per cent of us were donating. Think how many more youth could be helped; how many more court cases could be brought; how many more families could be supported; how many more schools could be made safe; how much more we could do to educate non-LGBT people about our lives.

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Give OUT Day is a great way to make a modest donation via social media

We know that some people simply can’t afford to give. But an awful lot of us who don’t give really can give, or we can afford to give more. What many of us don’t realize is how simple – and how deeply rewarding – it is to give to our community. Many of our workplaces offer matching gift programs, allowing us to double or triple the impact of our gifts. Many of us also can – and many Out & Equal members already do – advocate within our companies for corporate support of LGBT organizations and causes. Even though many corporations aren’t likely to fund the most cutting-edge, high profile litigation or advocacy on their own, they will support LGBT issues closer to home, especially those their employees care about.

Giving for the long term

There’s another way to give that can have a big impact – and have essentially zero effect on your current finances. That’s by including an LGBT organization (or an LGBT community foundation such as Horizons Foundation) as a beneficiary of your 401(k) or your IRA or the life insurance policy that your company may provide. More information on how to go about this can be found in Horizons’ Guide to Planned Giving for LGBT PeopleYou don’t have to designate it all for LGBT charitable causes either. You can simply give a percentage to a favorite organization, and leave the majority to loved ones and/or other causes. If enough of us did that – even if we put down only 10% for LGBT causes – the impact would be enormous, especially on future generations of LGBT people.

One more thing. Giving is about more than providing fuel for LGBT organizations. It’s not only a matter of doing our share. It’s more than that. It’s about building connections and community, something that most people – and most LGBT people – value highly. And it’s equality, justice, and community that the LGBT movement has always been about.

Roger Doughty

Roger Doughty


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