Every year at the Out & Equal Workplace Summit, we invite amazing speakers, performers and entertainers to join our lineup of presenters.
We are thrilled to announce that the following dance groups, actors, comedians, and performing groups that showcase the best in LGBT entertainment and culture will be joining us in Dallas this year:
Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico
The Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico (ANMBF) began in 1975 in a recreation center on the west side of Dallas. Now the professional dancers, apprentices and students trained at the ANMBF Dance Academy serve as ambassadors of the Hispanic culture for the citizens of Dallas.
Meredith Baxter is an actress, writer, mother of five. She has starred in four series, including the long-running “Family Ties,” and made over fifty movies for television. Her New York Times Bestselling book “UNTIED, a Memoir of Fame, Family and Floundering” was published in March, 2011. Baxter is a speaker on issues as divergent as alcohol abuse, domestic abuse, breast cancer and general life issues. She lives in Santa Monica, California with her partner.
Candis was born Brendan McDaniel in Maui, Hawaii, and left for the big apple at age 19. Candis burst on stage in the mid-nineties at the famed NYC gay hot-spot “Boy Bar,” where her performances drew rave reviews. At the time, she performed in drag, but soon realized that she was a transgender woman, thus making the transition from drag to her true gender identity in front of her audience. In 2008, Candis landed the biggest role of her career on ABC’s series “Dirty Sexy Money,” where she plays Billy Baldwin’s transgender lover. Candis is the first transgender actress to have a recurring role on a prime-time series.
Margaret Cho has been performing on stage and on film since 1999. In 2000, Margaret received GLAAD’s first-ever Golden Gate Award – honoring her as “an entertainment pioneer who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.” Margaret’s performances include: “I’m The One That I Want,” “Notorious C.H.O,” “Revolution,” “Assassin,” the VH1 series, “The Cho Show,” and” Beautiful.” In 2009, she nabbed a starring role in the Lifetime comedy/drama series “Drop Dead Diva.” In June 2011, Margaret was honored by LA Pride, receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes an individual whose lifetime body of work has left a lasting major imprint on the LGBT community.
Kate Clinton, Emcee
Kate Clinton is a faith-based, tax-paying, America-loving political humorist and family entertainer. With a career spanning almost thirty years, Kate Clinton has worked through economic booms and busts, Disneyfication and Walmartization, gay movements and gay markets, lesbian chic and queer eyes, and eight presidential inaugurals. She still believes that humor gets us through peacetime, wartime, scoundrel time and economic down times.
Andy Cohen is Bravo’s Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development a position he has held since December, 2010. He is responsible for overseeing the network’s current development and production slate including hits such as the Emmy and James Beard award-winning “Top Chef,” “Top Chef Masters,” “The Real Housewives” franchises, “The Millionaire Matchmaker,” “Million Dollar Listing,” “The Rachel Zoe Project,” “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist,” “Bethenny Ever After,” “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover” and “Flipping Out.” In addition, Cohen is the host and Executive Producer of “Watch What Happens: Live,” Bravo’s late night, interactive talk show that features guests from some of Bravo’s most popular series, as well as from the world of entertainment, politics and pop culture.
Wilson Cruz attended California State University at San Bernadino, where he pursued a double major in theater and English before he joined the cast of “My So-Called Life.” The role of Rickie Vasquez was his first as a series regular. Cruz’s other acting credits include the films “Joyride,” “All Over Me,” “Supernova,” “Party Monster,” Margaret Cho’s “Bam Bam & Celest” and “He’s Just Not That Into You.” While playing numerous roles on television, film, and the stage, Cruz devotes more and more of his time to LGBT youth. In 2005 he was the Grand Marshall of the Chicago Pride Parade, and in 2008 he was the keynote speaker at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Lavender Graduation and Rainbow Banquet honoring graduating LGBT students.
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Dallas Black Theatre celebrates its 34th season as the oldest, continuously operating professional dance company in Dallas. Founded in 1976 by Ann Williams, the mission of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre is to create and produce contemporary modern dance at its highest level of artistic excellence through performances and educational programs that bridge cultures and reach diverse communities. International performances have included the Festival International in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, and tours to Austria, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Bermuda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Peru, Canada, Japan, Uganda and Great Britain.
Halloween in Dallas
Halloween on Cedar Springs is only surpassed in size and scale by the annual Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade during Pride Week in Dallas. Each year, nearly 10,000 people gather to watch the costume parade and contest and to mingle in festive attire. It is the biggest Halloween party in Dallas.
In March 2011, Josh released his first complete jazz CD, “Josh Klipp & The Klipptones, Live at Enrico’s!” Now, Josh sets out with acclaimed pianist Julie Wolf (Ani DiFranco, Indigo Girls) and Studio Engineer Jon Evans (Tori Amos) to begin work on a tribute album to his jazz muse- the iconic Chet Baker. In March 2011 his video Little Girl made its MTV LOGO Debut at #5 on “LOGO’s Click List – Top 10 Music Videos.” A Midwest transplant now living in Northern California, Josh founded, and is the Creative Director for, Freeplay Dance Crew-a diverse crew of hip hop dancers.
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