Equality Forum 2011

The 19th annual Equality Forum, with over 40 programs, 25 panels, nine parties and seven special events is the largest annual national and international LGBT civil rights summit. There is no registration fee and all panels are free. Information can be found at www.equalityforum.com. 

25 Major Panels including:

National Religious Colloquy, A Conversation with The Rt. Rev. Mary Douglas Glasspool, the first openly lesbian Episcopal bishop, Tuesday, April 26

National Seniors Panel, in collaboration with SAGE, Wednesday, April 27

National Politics Panel, moderated by Washington Blade Editor Kevin Naff, with panelists Jarrett Barrios, President, GLAAD; Marty Rouse, National Field Director, HRC; and Doc Sweitzer, Cofounder, The Campaign Group, Saturday, April 30

National Families Panel, with leading experts on same-sex families, Saturday, April 30

National Youth Panel, moderated by out University of the Arts President Sean Buffington and including Yale undergraduate Katherine Miller, who was in the top tier of her class at West Point when she courageously resigned, citing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Saturday, April 30

International Focus

LGBT Challenges in Latin America, moderated by former U.S. Ambassador Michael Guest, including leading Latin American activists and experts, Thursday, April 28

International Equality Dinner

The International Equality Dinner at the National Constitution Center honors Lt. Dan Choi and Patrick Murphy with the 16th annual International Role Model Award and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants with the 9th annual International Business Leadership Award, Saturday, April 30

SundayOUT! at The Piazza

SundayOUT! at The Piazza, the region’s largest LGBT street festival at Philadelphia’s urban hot spot. Over 150 vendors, artisans, galleries, bars, boutiques, cafés and restaurants fill this Italian inspired open-air plaza. SundayOUT! includes music, live entertainment, SundayOUT! Drag Brunch, RETRO Party and SundayOUT! Absolut Tea Dance  – all at The Piazza, Sunday, May 1. Free round-trip shuttle every 15 minutes from the Gayborhood to The Piazza.

Nine Parties including:

Absolut Mandrin Cabaret and Dance Party, Friday, April 29, Tavern on Camac

Absolut Wild Tea Men’s Party, Saturday, April 30, Q Lounge

Absolut Peach Girl Fever, Saturday, April 30, Sisters

Zane Booker Dance Tribute

A tribute to Zane Booker, who has danced and choreographed with leading companies in the U.S. and Europe. Dancers from The University of the Arts perform Booker’s work, Friday, April 29, Merriam Theater

Two Film Screenings

“Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History”

Jamie Nabozny was relentlessly bullied and beaten at school. This documentary chronicles Nabozny’s journey as the first student to successfully sue a school district for its failure to protect him from harassment. A Q & A session with Nabozny follows the screening, Friday, April 29

“The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” with Carlotta

This classic comedy is about two drag queens and a transsexual on their way to perform a cabaret gig in the middle of the Australian desert. This daring and fun road movie with attitude is over-the-top and unforgettable! Philadelphia’s Diva Drag Queen Carlotta is the Hostess with the Mostest!, Saturday, April 30

12th Annual Gay and Lesbian Art Exhibit featuring photographers Connie Imboden (Reflections) and Lorenzo Triburgo (Transportraits), Monday, April 25 – Sunday May 1

Equality Forum is a national and international GLBT civil rights organization with an educational focus. Equality Forum coordinates GLBT History Month, produces documentary films, undertakes high impact initiatives and presents annually the largest national and international GLBT civil rights summit.

Source: Mark’s List

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