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September 8, 2009
Months of planning came to fruition the moment Pro-Media Communications President and Founder Rochelle Lefkowitz stood before a crowd of more than 100 and welcomed them to “Witness to History: A Conversation with Those Who Saw and Documented Key Gay Rights Moments Since Stonewall.”
The June 23 event, co-sponsored by Pro-Media, The New School and the New York Chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, marked the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that launched the gay rights movement.
The panel touched on some of the most challenging issues facing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, from protecting transgender people from violence to marriage for gay and lesbian couples. The level of engagement and the depth of the conversation left us abuzz and served as an important reminder of the power of creating dialogue.
We were so humbled by the caliber of panelists who came to share their ideas and experiences. Moderator Eric Marcus kept the conversation on point and moving. Our tremendous panelists that sparked the powerful dialogue were Joan Garry (former president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), David Carter (author of “Stonewall: The Riots that Sparked the Gay Rights Movement), Andy Humm (longtime LGBT journalist) and Kai Wright (freelance writer for outlets such as The Nation).
A 56-minute version of the panel was also featured on Manhattan Neighborhood Network on Sept. 3.
Full video of the event is available on Fora.tv and has garnered nearly 25,000 views. Photos from the event are also available on the Pro-Media Flickr account.
Contact Jené O’Keefe Trigg at email@example.com to find out more about how Pro-Media can help you execute your social issues event and generate a lively conversation that continues on well after the last guest has left.