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-Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin
2005 Summit


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Take part in more than 130 innovative workshops and panels, which are the heart of the Summit's success, and are led by a corps of expert presenters, panelists and facilitators.


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Celebrate the Out & Equal Workplace Awards - "the Outies" - that recognize those who are leaders in advancing equality for LGBT employees.


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GLSEN will Honor
Out & Equal in the 2010 Respect Awards on
Oct. 8 in Los Angeles.

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Out & Equal announces
Kimberly Reed and Virasb Vahidi
to speak at opening plenary

Joining the ranks of exciting plenary speakers are filmmaker Kimberly Reed and American Airlines Chief Commercial Officer, Virasb Vahidi.

Kimberly Reed

Drawing upon her personal experiences as a writer and filmmaker, Kimberly Reed will speak at the opening plenary on October 5th in Los Angeles. Reed was named one of The Advocate's "Top Five to Watch" as well as one of the "25 New Faces of Independent Film" by Filmmaker Magazine. Reed's best known work is "PRODIGAL SONS," a co-production with BBC Storyville and Sundance Channel which premiered at the prestigious Telluride Film Festival with a record seven screenings. "PRODIGAL SONS" has continued success around the work in theatres and televisions alike and has received more than a dozen Jury and Audience awards, including the FPRESCI prize. Reeds artistic and socially-engaged perspective is sure to provide Summit attendees with insight into the ever-changing roles of the LGBT community in the film industry.

Virasb Vahidi

Chief Commercial Officer of American Airlines, Virasb Vahidi will also be a featured speaker at the opening plenary. Virasb Vahidi is the Chief Commercial Officer of American Airlines. He leads American's planning and marketing activities including network planning, strategic alliances (inclusive of American's membership in oneworld´┐Ż), corporate fleet planning, corporate real estate, and revenue management, in addition to broad responsibility for the development, management, and promotion of American's products and services, including sales and distribution, marketing and advertising, and the AAdvantage frequent flyer program.

Reed and Vahidi will join outstanding speakers including Out & Equal's Founding Executive Director Selisse Berry, distinguished actor Sheryl Lee Ralph, Intuit CEO Brad Smith and acclaimed performer Chely Wright. The 2010 Workplace Summit's plenary sessions will will highlight another exciting Summit!

Planning your LA "Night Out!"

Make meaningful connections throughout your 2010 Workplace Summit experience and beyond. From a variety of Out & Equal social events to LGBT events around Los Angeles, there is sure to be something for everyone!

Register for the 2010 Workplace Summit online today!

Wednesday Oct 6 "Night Out!" Schedule

7:00-8:00 pm: Film Screening: "Hope Along the Wind"

7:00-1:00 pm: Lucky Strike Bowling and Lounge

7:00-10:00 pm: Regional Affiliate Reception

8:00-9:00 pm: Ice Cream Social

9:00-10:00 pm: Film Screening:"Screaming Queens"

"Hope Along the Wind: The Life of Harry Hay"

This much-anticipated documentary takes us through the fascinating and extraordinary life of Harry Hay; labor organizer, Marxist teacher, and founding member of the Mattachine Society, one of the first gay rights organizations in the country. Harry has been at center stage of gay pride for more than half a century. His story provides a chronicle of the gay rights movement, as well as a history of California in the 20th Century.

Harry Hay joined the Communist Party in the early 1930s and participated in the San Francisco General Strike of 1934. In the mid-1950s he was called before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, and around this time Harry started the Mattachine Society. This momentous film features poignant interviews with Harry and many of the surviving original members of this historic and brave group of gay men. In the 40 years preceding his death in 2002, Harry immersed himself in the counterculture youth movement, the Radical Faeries, and Native American culture.

Film generously provided by Frameline Distribution.

Lucky Strike Bowling and Lounge

Strike up fun in your spare time. This social event will provide Summit participants with opportunities to meet, network, have a drink and bowl a frame. Team up with fellow Summit participants for some friendly competition. Shuttle buses will be available for participants from LA Live/Convention Center and the Westin Bonaventure Los Angeles until 12am. Open to all registered Summit participants.

Regional Affiliate Reception


Out & Equal's Regional Affiliates can enjoy Lucky Strike's Luxe Lounge to celebrate a year of outstanding accomplishments. Go head-to-head with fellow regional affiliates to determine which affiliate really is Kingpin. This VIP social is sponsored by Out & Equal Southern California and is open to all regional affiliate members.

Ice Cream Social

The 2010 Summit is offering an Ice Cream Social for all interested in networking, sharing best experiences and meeting fellow Summit attendees. Join us for a night of laughter and great discussion!

Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria"

Emmy Award-winning Screaming Queens tells the little-known story of the first known act of collective, violent resistance to the social oppression of queer people in the United States - a 1966 riot in San Francisco's impoverished Tenderloin neighborhood, three years before the famous gay riot at New York's Stonewall Inn. This film introduces viewers to street queens, cops and activist civil rights ministers who recall the riot and paint a vivid portrait of the wild transgender scene in 1960s San Francisco.

Integrating the riot's story into the broader fabric of American life, the documentary connects the event to urban renewal, anti-war activism, civil rights and sexual liberation. With enticing archival footage and period music, this unknown story is dramatically brought back to life.

Screaming Queens is a production of Victor Silverman and Susan Stryker produced in association with ITVS and KQED, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Film generously provided by Frameline Distribution.

Expand your Summit experience in Los Angeles

Gay Days Anaheim

Oct 1-3 2010

The thirteenth annual Gay Days Anaheim will be held October 1-3 at the Disneyland Resort! Join 35,000 other revelers as the happiest place on earth turns into the gayest with dance parties, scavenger hunts, a huge group photo, a family luncheon, singles gatherings, a couples dinner, three big cocktail parties, and Plunge!, a brand new pool party! Absolut will keep the cocktails flowing while DJ's Kimberly S., Ray Rhodes, and Zach Moos keep the tunes spinning. Go to for details and to buy discounted park tickets, discounted hotel rooms and the official Gay Days Anaheim T-shirt.

GLSEN's Respect Awards

October 8 2010

Join Out & Equal Workplace Advocates on October 8th as we accept a special honor from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). GLSEN will honor Out & Equal at the Respect Awards, set for 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The honor recognizes Out & Equal's "commitment to respect for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the workplace, the same values that GLSEN strives to instill in schools."

NOGLSTP's Out to Innovate

October 9 2010

Just one day after the Out & Equal Workplace Summit ends its Los Angeles debut, The National Organization of Gay & Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals will present Out to Innovate. Out to Innovate is a one-day career summit for LGBT students, faculty and professionals in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Join us for a day of sharing, mentoring, learning, workshops, poster session, and career resources. Explore this site to learn more, using the navigation links in the left sidebar. On-line registration is now available.

Diva's Simply Singing

Following her participation in the 2010 Summit as a plenary speakers enjoy performer Sheryl Lee Ralph's critically-acclaimed show, "Divas Simply Singing!" This groundbreaking show benefits Sheryl Lee Ralph's HIV/AIDS organization, Diva Foundation. Sheryl Lee Ralph explains that, "This unusual event features a host of the most talented women in the entertainment business united in a benefit concert to continue the courageous battle against HIV/AIDS." Performances continue throughout the weeks before and after Summit. More information can be found here.

The Legacy Awards

October 21 2010

This Gala to Benefit the Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation is supported by the Directors Guild of America. This year, Outfest celebrates the 5th Anniversary of its landmark program, The Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation! The Outfest Legacy Project, a collaboration with the UCLA Film & Television Archive, is the only program of its kind in the world dedicated to saving and protecting LGBT moving images. In just five short years, great strides have been made in addressing the growing crisis of LGBT films and moving image media being lost to deterioration and neglect. More information on The Legacy Awards can be found here.

Summit schedule

Tuesday, October 5, 2010
7:00AM-8:00PM Registration open
8:00AM-9:00AM Breakfast
9:00AM-12:00PM Leadership Seminars
12:00PM-1:30PM Lunch
1:30PM-5:00PM Leadership Seminars (cont.)
6:00PM-8:00PM Welcome Reception
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
7:00AM-5:00PM Registration open
8:30AM-10:30AM Breakfast & Plenary I
11:00AM-12:30PM Session 1
12:00PM-6:00PM Exhibit Hall open
1:00PM- 2:30PM Ticketed Luncheons
3:00PM- 5:30PM Session 2 (Extended)
7:00PM-10:00PM Out & Equal Night Out
Thursday, October 7, 2010
7:00AM-8:00PM Registration open
8:30AM- 10:30AM Breakfast & Plenary II
11:00AM-12:30PM Session 3
12:00PM-7:30PM Exhibit Hall open
1:00PM-2:30PM Ticketed Luncheons
3:00PM-5:30PM Session 4 (Extended)
6:00PM-7:30PM Awards Reception
7:30PM-10:00PM Awards Dinner
Friday, October 8, 2010
8:00AM-9:30AM Registration open
9:00AM-10:30AM Session 5
Marriage Equality Breakfast
11:00AM-12:30PM Session 6
1:00PM- 3:00PM Lunch & Plenary III
2010 Summit Sponsors

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