The 2010 Equality Forum is Coming to Philadelphia April 26th through May...

The 2010 Equality Forum is Coming to Philadelphia April 26th through May 2nd

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Equality Forum coordinates GLBT History Month, produces documentary films, undertakes high-impact initiatives and presents the largest annual national and international GLBT civil rights forum.

Equality Forum produces these innovative events in collaboration with learning institutions, professional associations, research centers, for profit companies and nonprofit organizations.
Equality Forum Programs and Initiatives
Annual Equality Forum

The weeklong Annual Equality Forum has an international focus, top-tier panel discussions, parties, an annual art exhibit, International Equality Dinner, Sunday OUT! and more.

There is no registration fee and all substantive programs are free.
GLBT History Month

Since 2006, Equality Forum has spearheaded GLBT History Month (in October). GLBT History Month honors 31 GLBT Icons—one each day—with a video, bio, bibliography, downloadable images, and other downloadable educational resources including special features for students. GLBT History Month

This years Equality Forum will feature a number of huge events. Here’s a look at some of them.

SundyOUT! at The Piazza

SundayOUT! at The Piazza and Liberties Walk in Northern Liberties
Sunday, May 2

The region\’s largest GLBT festival takes place at Philadelphia\’s chic new open-air plaza in Northern Liberties.

SundayOUT! at The Piazza & Liberties Walk features live and Jumbotron entertainment, and over 100 artisans, vendors, and community organizations. The architecturally exciting Piazza and adjacent Liberties Walk offer something for everyone — stylish boutiques, cafés, bars, galleries and more!

Seven Hours of Entertainment!

* Live Entertainment presented by Q102 and My106.1
* Fashion Show
* TLA “Gays in Hollywood”
* Philadelphia Gay Men\’s Chorus Cabaret
* Philadelphia Freedom Band
* Dance Performances

The region\’s largest GLBT street festival takes place at Philadelphia\’s chic new open-air plaza in Northern Liberties.

SundayOUT! at The Piazza and Liberties Walk features live and Jumbotron entertainment, and over 100 artisans, vendors, and community organizations. The architecturally exciting Piazza and adjacent Liberties Walk offer something for everyone — stylish boutiques, cafés, bars, galleries and more!
SundayOUT!

International Equality Dinner

Saturday, May 1

The International Equality Dinner at the National Constitution Center honors David Boies and Ted Olson with the 15th annual International Role Model Award and CNN with the 8th annual International Business Leadership Award. U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Honorary Dinner Chairs, will attend.

Autumn Bayles (Dinner Chair )
SVP
Tasting Baking Company
Autumn Bayles, Senior Vice President of Tasty Baking Company, has served on Equality Forum\’s National Board of Governors since 2004. Bayles previously served as Chair of Equality Forum\’s Board of Directors.

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (Honorary Dinner Chair)
(D) Pennsylvania
Robert P. Casey Jr. was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006. He serves on five Senate committees: Foreign Relations; Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; the Special Committee on Aging; and the Joint Economic Committee.

Governor Martin O’Malley (Honorary Dinner Chair)
of Maryland
Martin O\’Malley is the Governor of Maryland. Previously, he served as Mayor of Baltimore.

Governor Ed Rendell (Honorary Dinner Chair)
of Pennsylvania
Edward G. Rendell, Pennsylvania\’s 45th Governor, began a second term of office in 2007. Governor Rendell serves as chief executive of the nation\’s sixth most populous state. He has been a friend and supporter of the GLBT community as Philadelphia’s District Attorney, as the city’s Mayor, and during his eight years as Pennsylvania Governor.

David Boies, Esq.
Chairman
Boies, Schiller and Flexner LLP
David Boies is Chairman of the law firm of Boies, Schiller and Flexner. In 2000, Boies served as lead counsel for former Vice President Al Gore in Bush v. Gore before the U.S. Supreme Court. Boies and Ted Olson, who represented opposing plaintiff George W. Bush, have teamed up to constitutionally challenge the prohibition of same-sex marriage.

Tony Maddox
Executive Vice President and Managing Director
CNN International
Tony Maddox is Executive Vice President and Managing Director of CNN International. He is responsible for an international news and information portfolio as well as international newsgathering, editorial and programming oversight.

Ted Olson, Esq.
Partner
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Theodore B. Olson, former Solicitor General of the United States, is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Olson and David Boies are representing two California couples challenging in federal court the constitutionality of Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage.
National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA
$200
International Equality Dinner

Brian Sanders Dance Tribute

Join Equality Forum at the Merriam Theater for a tribute to Brian Sanders, one of America\’s most innovative and prolific choreographers and the founder of the nationally acclaimed JUNK. Dancers from The University of the Arts perform Sanders’s work.

9 p.m., VIP Party on Stage (for those purchasing VIP tickets) — with Brian Sanders, Susan Glazer, Director, School of Dance, U Arts dancers, and special guests.

$5 Students & Seniors, $10 General Admission, $25 Preferred Seating, $100 VIP

Click here to purchase tickets for the Brian Sanders Dance Tribute (Spotlight Dances)

Brian Sanders
Choreographer
The University of the Arts
Brian Sanders is an alumnus and Assistant Professor at The University of the Arts School of Dance. Sanders has choreographed for MOMIX, the Koresh Dance Company and the Pennsylvania Ballet\’s production of “Shut Up and Dance.” His work has been performed extensively worldwide.
Brian Sanders Dance Tribute

11th Annual Gay and Lesbian Art Exhibit

Exhibits include the following –

Richard Renaldi
“Fall River Boys”
Sol Mednick Gallery, 15th Floor
In the spring of 2000, Richard Renaldi began making frequent trips to the small New England city of Fall River, Massachusetts. The exhibit, created over the course of nine years, features coming-of-age photographs of the city’s young men.

Solo exhibitions of the work of Richard Renaldi have been mounted in galleries and museums throughout the United States. In 2006, Renaldi’s first book of photographs, “Figure and Ground,” was published by the prestigious Aperture Foundation. His second book, “Fall River Boys,” was released in 2009 by Charles Lane Press.

Marc Yankus
“When You Were There”
Gallery 1401, 14th Floor

The work of Marc Yankus reveals an exquisite sensitivity to his subjects’ inherent lyricism. Imbued with a sensual quality of place, pose and light, his portraits effuse quiet intensity. His cityscapes explore urban environments as places where one can get lost, but where it is possible to find oneself.

Marc Yankus\’s fine art and publishing experience spans a period of more than 25 years. His work has been included in exhibitions at The Brooklyn Museum and the Library of Congress. His artwork has graced the covers of books by Salman Rushdie and Philip Roth. His images have been used for theatrical posters for Broadway shows, including “Jane Eyre,” “Ma Rainey\’s Black Bottom” and “Doubt.”
All Week – Monday through Sunday
The University of the Arts
211 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
FREE
Collaborating Organizations:
The University of the Arts

Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m.
11th Annual Gay and Lesbian Art Exhibit

Film Screenings

“Preacher\’s Sons”
Friday, April 30, 7:30 p.m., Arts Bank
“Preacher\’s Sons” is the intimate, provocative story of a gay white couple, the Rev. Greg Stewart and his husband, Stillman, who adopts five black sons. In a humorous and poignant five-year odyssey through the American heartland, they learn that when it comes to homophobia and racism, where you live determines how you live. A Q&A session with the filmmaker, C. Roebuck Reed, follows the screening.
Tickets: $5 at the door. Ticket window opens at 7 p.m.

“OUT in the SILENCE”
Saturday, May 1, 7:30 p.m., Arts Bank
“OUT in the SILENCE” captures the remarkable events that unfold after a same-sex wedding announcement ignites a firestorm of controversy in a small Pennsylvania town. The film offers an inspiring glimpse at the transformation that is possible when those who have long been constrained by a traditional code of silence summon the courage to break it. A Q&A session with the filmmakers, Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer, follows the screening.
Tickets: $5 at the door. Ticket window opens at 7 p.m.
Films

Along with these events there will be several special panels, parties, and more. To learn more about this years Equality Forum, and go through a whole listing of events, check out its Website.