OUT & EQUAL HONORS LGBT WORKPLACE HEROES AS ENDA MAKES ITS RETURN

Brigadier General Tammy Smith Receives Advocacy Award for Workplace Courage
San Francisco, April 26, 2013 - Each year, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates honors individuals and organizations who demonstrate workplace courage and who support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. The Out & Equal Advocacy Award specifically recognizes those who take the lead on fundamental issues of equal rights in and out of the workplace.

This year, the Out & Equal Advocacy Award recognizes Brigadier General Tammy Smith for her courage and leadership as she came out to her country as the highest ranking, openly LGBT officer in the United States Army. Tammy's 26 years of military service include duty in Afghanistan and promotion to the rank of brigadier general. She is married to Tracey Hepner, a co-founder of the Military Partners and Families Coalition.

"Continue to live your authentic life," Smith told the audience. "Say the words that you want people to repeat, engage in the behaviors that you want others to model. Hold your head up and be proud, not only of who you are in your workplace or community, but of who you are at your very core."

Selisse Berry, CEO and Founder of Out & Equal, and corporate executives including Tom Johnson, VP of Global Finance with Clorox and Out & Equal Board President, celebrated the great advances made for the LGBT community over the past year. All shared a message that while significant strides have been made in favor of workplace equality, there is much left to do, and each individual can make a contribution to that effort.

"The tide of history is moving in our favor," noted Berry. "Millions of people have taken a stand to tell their stories and are making a difference on behalf of the LGBT community."

Emmy award-winning host and Eye on the Bay producer, Liam Mayclem served as the evening's emcee. The event featured performances by CHEER San Francisco, singer Curran Reichert, and the multiple awarding-winning The Choral Project, under the artistic direction of Daniel Hughes.

Event sponsors included The Walt Disney Company, AT&T, Wells Fargo, Levi Strauss & Company, Hewlett-Packard and Leftwich Event Specialists. Additionally, table hosts included AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah Insurance Exchange; Brody, Walsh & Brody; Ernst & Young; JSAV Audio Visual; and The Clorox Company.