Teach-in for Equality

Saturday, May 9th, 9:30am to 4:30pm – Los Angeles

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The Teach-in was AMAZING! Don’t lose the momentum!

May 12th, 2009 · Follow-up

Saturday’s Teach-in was absolutely amazing, with over a dozen of today’s most influential speakers and educators bringing to the attendees an incredible mix of passion, history, and motivation. Walter Williams, our main history speaker, received a standing ovation from the crowd. One person was overheard saying that the presentation changed his life. Try and get that out of your average college lecture, right?

From the paradoxical mix of Julius Nam and Marshall Burns in our religion break-out, to Sister Buffy and Jim Williams discussion moderated by Ange-Marie Hancock, participants had a chance to delve deeply into the hidden history of the LGBT movement that many had never seen before. And boy, is it rich!

Now it’s time to take that information and apply to the struggles we’re a part of today. Here’s what you can do:

First, join us on Wednesday, May 12th, and each Wednesday thereafter to participate in the burgeoning Equality Network. We will be discussing actions relating specifically to the upcoming Decision Day, among other things. More information on the Facebook page / Equality Network blog.

Second, as you are aware, the California Supreme Court will be issuing its decision on whether or not to repeal Proposition 8 by June 3rd. We are asking people to gather the Day of the Decision at Santa Monica and San Vicente at 7:00 PM for a rally and a march. Please find out about this event on the Facebook event page.

Also, the Saturday after Decision Day, an event called Meet in the Middle will be taking place. The entire LGBT population of California will be converging on Fresno to show our power and support of LGBT civil rights everywhere!

More than anything, it’s important that you take the lessons learned at the Teach-in to empower yourself, and keep in mind that you are part of a rich ancestry of LBGT people, reaching back through history to the dawn of time. We are a critical part of our civilization, and we must never allow ourselves to be closeted by the forces of hatred and homophobia! Use your knowledge to make change!

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Sponsor love

May 12th, 2009 · Sponsors

Without their help, the Teach-in would not have been possible. Please be sure to visit the websites of, and support, our wonderful sponsors of the Teach-in:

Courage Campaign sponsored video-taping and photography!

Courage Campaign sponsored video-taping and photography!

Equality California, Silver level sponsor

Equality California, Silver level sponsor

Silver Peso rail excursions, Silver level sponsor

Silver Peso rail excursions, Silver level sponsor

We also want to give a shout-out to our wonderful donors:

  • Jane W. – $100
  • Todd O. – $50
  • Robin M. – $50
  • Charlene P. – $25
  • Kip W. – $10

Finally, we also want to thank everyone who sent out e-mail blasts about the event, and helped promote it on Facebook and via e-mail. We could not have done it without you. You’re amazing, and your support is deeply, deeply appreciated.

Thank you again to everyone who helped make this happen. You’ve been a party of a truly special moment in history, and we here at Equality Network just feel privileged and humbled to have been a part of it!

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Amazing HIV/AIDS session!

May 8th, 2009 · Speakers

We couldn’t be more excited about the HIV/AIDS break-out, which has just in the past few days come together as one of the most compelling stories at our Teach-in. Jim Williams, of AIDS Project Los Angeles will be there with Ange-Marie Hancock, associate professor of political science at USC and former AIDS outreach organizer. Additionally, Sister Buffy of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will be also participate, to discuss her personal interaction with AIDS patients in the 1980’s. We hope many people will be excited to participate in this amazing session!

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“Breakfast with History” tickets sold out!

May 8th, 2009 · General event info

The Breakfast with History tickets have now sold out! We’ll have 17 participants, and 9 speakers (Walter Williams has been added) there for over an hour of networking, questions, and discussion!

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“LGBT people in the Media” session cancelled

May 8th, 2009 · Meta

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances with scheduling, we’ve had to cancel the “LGBT people in the Media” session with Paul Colichman and Chris Freeman. We appreciate their willingness to participate. Paul Colichman will still be able to attend the Breakfast with History, though, so if you’re interested in meeting, grab one of the last few tickets!

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Teach-in technology prep

May 8th, 2009 · General event info

We’re going to be posting some last-minute reminders regarding traffic, (etc.) on the morning of the event, but in the mean-time, I wanted to give everyone some technology tidbits:

Are you attending the event, or want to watch via Twitter? We’ll be using hashtag #teachin.

A few hours before the event starts, tomorrow, we’re going to have a live-blog of the events, using CoverItLive, which is a wonderful little app that allows us to post via Twitter, while watch everything happening live!

The entry with the link to the Live-blog may move down the main page, due to other news items scheduled for that day, so be sure to bookmark the following page: LiveBlog of the Teach-in.

Can’t guarantee it’ll be updated a whole heck of a lot, but we’re going to try!

Unfortunately, there won’t be any event-sponsored WiFi (it’s too darned expensive!), but if you’re lucky, and the wind’s blowing in the right direction, you might catch some of the WeHo free WiFi. Look for “WEHOWiFi” as the network name. Here’s more information on the service.

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1 “Breakfast with History” ticket left!

May 8th, 2009 · General event info

We’ve got just ONE seat left for the “Breakfast with History,” in which you’ll have over an hour of dedicated face-time with the following amazing influences on our community:

  • Cleve Jones
  • Torie Osborn
  • Jennifer C. Pizer
  • Waiyde Palmer
  • Marc Solomon
  • Roland Palencia
  • Paul Colichman
  • Rick Jacobs

Attendance is limited to the speakers and just 17 other people, for a total of 25. This isn’t some 300-person plenary where you get a one-shot question. This is a real, no-holds-barred, “Tell me how I can be the next CLEVE JONES!” moment of time!

Do you need to be there, for your organization, your community, yourself? Get it now, because three seats have sold in the last 30 minutes. (No joke!) Don’t wait – do it now!



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Seats are limited! Have you registered yet?

May 3rd, 2009 · General event info

We just want to make sure that, if you’re planning on coming, you’ve registered for your seat! Be sure to head now to the ticket website and register your ticket!

Just as a reminder, we’ve assembled some of the greatest influences on our modern history, including the following:

  • Walter L. Williams: professor at USC, specializing in GLBT history;
  • Cleve Jones: friend and advisor to Harvey Milk (portrayed by Emile Hirsch in Milk), founder of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt;
  • Torie Osborn: former Executive Director of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force;
  • Jennifer C. Pizer: Senior Counsel and Marriage Project Director for Lambda Legal;
  • Sheila Kuehl: first gay or lesbian person elected to the state assembly of California;
  • Waiyde Palmer: former West coast organizer of ACT UP!;
  • John A. Pérez: assemblymember of the 49th district of California, in Los Angeles;
  • Marc Solomon: former Executive Director of Mass Equality, Marriage Equality Director of Equality California;
  • Surina Khan: Vice President of Programs for the Women’s Foundation of California, former executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission;
  • Roland Palencia: Director of Community Benefits at L.A. Care Health Plan, former Chief of Operations and Vice-President of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation;
  • Talia Mae Bettcher: Director of the Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities at California State University in Los Angeles, author;
  • Jacob Hale: professor in the Department of Philosophy at California State University, Northridge;
  • Rick Jacobs: founder the Courage Campaign, former Senior Advisor to Democracy for America, co-founder of Brave New Films, a director of the Liberty Hill Foundation;
  • Chris Freeman: lecturer at University of Southern California in 20th century gay and lesbian studies, author;
  • Julius Nam: associate professor of religion at Loma Linda University School of Religion in California, commissioned minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

If you’re interested in meeting some of these speakers face-to-face and picking their brain for a while, we encourage you to sign up for the Breakfast with History event!


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Can you donate to help with these costs?

April 30th, 2009 · General event info

We’re still in dire need of donations to help defray some of the costs associated with the Teach-in. Can you donate just a small amount of money to help defray some of these costs?

  • 1x $100 to feed performers
  • 1x $170 to feed speakers
  • 2x $100 to feed volunteers
  • 2x $250 for brochure printing costs
  • 2x $150 for tables and chairs
  • 1x $100 for attendee packet materials
  • 1x $100 for speaker printing costs reimbursement
  • 1x $100 for miscellaneous printing costs for the event
  • 2x $150 for projection system(s)
  • 4x $500 (not a typo!) for WiFi coverage

Your donation will earn you a spot in our event brochure, mention at the event, and if large enough, may even qualify for sponsorship consideration! For more information, see our Donate/Sponsor page, or head directly to the donation form by clicking the link below!

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Can you volunteer for four hours?

April 29th, 2009 · General event info

If you’re not sure you can participate all day, in our event, we’d still love to have you join us as a volunteer! We’re in dire need of folks who can help us on the day of the event, as our schedule is extremely tight. There will be some of down-time, and you may even get the chance to sit in a session with the other attendees! Volunteers can choose one, two, or three sessions at three hours a piece.

If you can volunteer, please be aware that you’ll need to attend our volunteer training session this Sunday, May 2nd, at Plummer Park (map), from 12:00pm to 1:30pm.

Our volunteer form will get some preliminary information from you, and if you’d like, you’re welcome to RSVP on our Facebook event page as well!

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Julius Nam and Chris Freeman confirmed!

April 29th, 2009 · Speakers

Our cup of amazing and influential speakers runeth over! Two more speakers have confirmed for the event, and their bios are available in the “On Stage” area of our site, or directly through these links:

A few more speakers are still working out their final details and will be confirmed within the next few days. Sit tight for more great news!

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Walter L. Williams and Roland Palencia confirmed!

April 28th, 2009 · Meta

Two more speakers have confirmed for our event, including our main history speaker! Their bios are available in the “On Stage” area of our site, or directly through these links:

About a half-dozen other speakers are in their final stages of confirming with us, and we will have their information available soon.

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Breakfast with History – seating limited!

April 25th, 2009 · General event info

Want a chance to network with some of the most influential people in the LGBT movement? Attend our “Breakfast with History,” and you’ll get over an hour of quality, face-to-face time to hob-nob, ask questions, and network with the following speakers:

This will be a closed-door, non-media portion of our event, to ensure that you get the maximum amount of quality time with these speakers. This amazing event is the perfect way to talk with influential, experienced organizers and activists about what you’re doing, and how you can be more effective at making change!

Register your seat now, because there’s a very limited number of tickets available!

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The Cartographers and Ross Altman to perform!

April 24th, 2009 · Performers

We’re very excited to have two very different, but unique and engaging musical acts joining us:

We’ll have one more musical performer, and spoken-word artists confirming soon – more information as it becomes available!

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Marc Solomon and Surina Khan confirmed!

April 21st, 2009 · Speakers

We’re so honored to have the following individuals now confirmed for the Teach-in!

You can see all the speakers we’ve confirmed for the event at our “On Stage” page.

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Volunteer form, and Action Fair sign-up form

April 17th, 2009 · General event info

Two new forms have been added to the site to expedite sign-ups:

Volunteer form: we’re going to need help on the day of the event. Please head to our “volunteer page” to fill out the form if you’re interested. There are a variety of tasks we need help with, so please don’t hesitate to volunteer!

Action Fair sign-up form: there will be a space, at the Teach-in, for non-sponsoring organizations to have a table. Please use our sign-up form to reserve your spot!

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John Pérez and Waiyde Palmer confirmed!

April 16th, 2009 · Speakers

Incredibly, we have two more truly wonderful speakers that have confirmed today. Their bios are available in the “On Stage” area of our site, or directly through these links:

Still more speakers are working out the details with us, and more information will be available on them soon!

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“13 Love Stories” and Trish Reda exhibiting!

April 15th, 2009 · Exhibitors

We’re very excited to announce that “13 Love Stories,” will be displaying their wonderfully large and beautiful exhibits at the teach-in. For more information, check out their website at 13lovestories.com.

Also, photographer Trish Reda will be displaying a special series of her work depicting, in classic black and white high-definition images, GLBT families! Although this particular series in not available on her site (it’s a work in progress!), we encourage everyone to take a look at her work!

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Cleve Jones and Sheila Kuehl confirmed!

April 10th, 2009 · Speakers

Two more amazing speakers have confirmed for the Teach-in. Their bios are available in the “On Stage” area of our site, or directly through these links:

A few more speakers are in the final stages of confirmation, and we’ll have more information on them soon!

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The Green Truck will be there!

April 10th, 2009 · General event info

The Green Truck will be at our event to provide lunch, as other options in the area are quite sparse. Mexican-style food will be the menu, with a vegetarian option available!

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