An Executive Message

From Founder and Chief Executive Officer Selisse Berry:

Selisse BerryWe give thanks to you!

As Cynthia and I make plans to celebrate Thanksgiving this week, I want to let you know how grateful I am for you, as members of our extended family!

2013 has truly been an amazing year with the ground-breaking Supreme Court decisions in the United States, and the passage of marriage equality in Uruguay, France, New Zealand, and the UK. We were all thrilled to see the Employment Non-Discrimination Act pass the United States Senate.  We celebrated these victories at the recent Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Minneapolis with over 2,200 of our closest friends from 27 countries and 41 U.S. states.  I'm still basking in the glow of being surrounded by so many workplace advocates.

This has been an amazing year that has forever changed the course of history. Yet, we live in an interesting time when we can be married in 16 states and we can still be fired in 29. Even more disturbing is the global reality that we can be married in 16 countries and we can be arrested in 76 countries around the world, simply for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

It is through your efforts, day in and day out at your organizations that we are advancing workplace equality - not just for today - but also for the LGBT community of the future. Together, we can make a difference. Together, we can change the world. I am prouder than ever of our community, and I am so grateful to the allies who are supporting us one step at a time toward full equality.

As we join our family and friends (and four-legged children) at the Thanksgiving table, I will give thanks for all we have accomplished this year. Most of all, I will give thanks for your commitment, enthusiasm and passion.

On behalf of the staff and Board of Out & Equal, I wish you a warm Thanksgiving full of peace and pie! 

Selisse Berry

Selisse Berry
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

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