Annual Gala, Momentum, Features Entertainment from Cheer SF, The Choral Project, and Liam Mayclem
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—APRIL 3, 2013: Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is pleased to announce Brigadier General Tammy Smith, the highest ranking openly gay officer currently serving in the United States military, as a 2013 Out & Equal Advocacy Award recipient for her bravery and courage in representing her whole and authentic self in her workplace. Smith’s 26 years of military service include duty in Afghanistan and promotion to the rank of brigadier general. Smith holds a Doctor of Management degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and is an Army War College graduate.
Out & Equal will present the award at Momentum, an annual fundraising gala, held to honor heroes of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality movement. Momentum will be held in San Francisco, California at the Four Seasons Hotel on April 25, 2013.
“We are thrilled to honor Brigadier General Tammy Smith, the highest ranking openly lesbian officer in the US military. Courageous people like her are a driving force in bringing workplace equality to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees in the United States, and around the world,” said Founder and Chief Executive Officer Selisse Berry. “Momentum is a celebration of the giant steps we are all taking to make equality a reality.”
Momentum will commence with a reception overlooking the Yerba Buena gardens, to be followed by a sumptuous dinner, a live auction of must-have items, and keynote remarks from Brigadier General Tammy Smith as well as Out & Equal Founder and Chief Executive Officer Selisse Berry.
Emmy award-winning host and producer for CBS's Eye on the Bay, Liam Mayclem will be emcee for the evening. Entertainment will include a high-energy opening routine from LGBT identified cheer-leading squad Cheer San Francisco. The longest running LGBT cheer team in the world, Cheer SF thrills audiences with energetic performances, high kicks, and acrobatics. Cheer SF has performed at all eight Gay Games and inaugurations for President Clinton and President Obama as well as making it to the top 48 in season 5 of America's Got Talent. The evening will also feature a resounding performance from the multiple award-winning The Choral Project. They have placed in all categories at the California International Choral Festival & Competition, including 1st place in the Choir’s Choice category, and The Choral Project took 2nd place in the Mixed Choir competition at the 58th annual International Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales. Founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Daniel Hughes, the 48-voice ensemble has performed throughout the world to rave reviews and standing ovations.
While Momentum is a joyous celebration of recent and significant strides in LGBT civil rights, much work still remains before full LGBT workplace equality is realized. There are still more than 29 states where it is legal to be fired simply for being Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual, and 34 where it is legal to be fired for being Transgender. Through sharing stories, and feeling the power of inspiration, Out & Equal will continue advancing workplace equality for each and every LGBT person.
Individual tickets are $175, and special packages for tables and corporate partnership opportunities are available. Reserve your seats today through Out & Equal on its website, www.OutandEqual.org.