Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Gay Help Wanted: Part-Time Survivor Support Coordinator for SOL/BSeedz

SOL/BSeedz is expanding their Hotline Advocate Team to become a COMMUNITY RESPONSE TEAM that responds more holistically to the needs of LGBTQ survivors of violence - including intimate partner violence, police violence, discrimination, hate violence, suicide and other ways our community is targeted.

 Position Summary: Individual is responsible for providing direct advocacy to survivors of hate/bias violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in the LGBTQI community through phone and in-person advocacy and support, case linkage to resources in Colorado. Individual is also responsible for treating survivors of crime with dignity and respect, assist them through the criminal justice system and legal system, give referrals for community resources and listen to the survivor’s needs and concerns.

Essential Job Functions:
Responds to contact from survivors to assess needs, provides direct services, conducts safety planning, makes linkages to other services, and directs to appropriate individual;

Provides linkage to services to consumers for local and statewide resources;

Conduct liaison work with law enforcement, emergency shelter facility staff, criminal justice system, medical staff and social service agencies concerning victim services as needed;

Assist with staffing the SOL hotline;

Provide crisis intervention, advocacy, and referrals to LGBTQI victims as needed;

Maintain documentation for program and fiscal reports as required by supervisor;

Engage in community outreach, education, and develop relationships with traditional mainstream programs in their area;

Hours and Job Locations: This is a 20 hours/week, including some evening and weekends, position in Denver, CO.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

To Apply: Submit your resume and cover letter to hiring@solcolorado.org. Application deadline is January 27, 2017, with position starting soon after. No phone calls please. Youth, people of color, transgender and gender non-conforming people, bilingual/multilingual, people with disabilities, and low-income people are encouraged to apply.

Log Cabin Republicans: Chelsea Manning Commutation "Nothing to Celebrate"

As one of his final actions in office, President Barack Obama has commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, a transgender former soldier who was convicted in 2013 of leaking classified information regarding United States national security.

Log Cabin Republicans has always condemned Manning’s actions, and consistently stood against efforts by the left to elevate Manning as a paragon of the LGBT community.

“Chelsea Manning is no hero, and the commutation of her sentence is appalling,” Log Cabin Republicans President Gregory T. Angelo stated. “Manning was not imprisoned for being transgender — in fact, the government agreed to accommodate and facilitate her transition during her well-deserved sentence; she was imprisoned for traitorous clandestine activity that put military lives at risk. Her actions — and President Obama’s clemency — are nothing to celebrate.”

International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association Announces Partnership with Argentina’s LGBT Chamber at FITUR

The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association has formed an expanded partnership with Camara de Comercio Gay Lesbica Argentina (CCGLAR), the LGBT chamber of commerce for Argentina. CCGLAR will serve as the association’s representative throughout the country, providing Spanish-language membership support and helping to grow IGLTA’s presence in this key South American market for LGBT travelers. IGLTA has volunteer ambassadors in 22 countries and regions, and has been engaged with CCGLAR’s founders in the annual Gnetwork360 conference in Buenos Aires for many years.

“Argentina is a leader in LGBT rights in Latin America and a top LGBT travel destination, so we are very pleased to align ourselves more closely with the chamber of commerce,” said IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella. “CCGLAR is a proven organization with well established connections in the Argentinean business community and we look forward to working alongside them to expand our LGBT tourism network.”

The official announcement coincided with FITUR, the international travel trade fair held at Feria de Madrid in Madrid, Spain, 18-22 January. CCGLAR President Pablo de Luca and Vice President Gustavo Noguera and IGLTA Board Chair Juan Julia and Clark Massad, IGLTA Vice President-Global Partnerships, were in attendance.

"We have been working for almost a decade with IGLTA as members, partners, on the board of directors and now also through our organization (CCGLAR) working as ambassador of the association representing IGLTA in Argentina,” de Luca said. “Proudly and together with IGLTA, we will continue promoting LGBT tourism to Argentina and Latin America.”

IGLTA’s global ambassador program also has representatives in Canada, the Caribbean, Colombia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

National LGBT Bar Association Honors Level 3 Senior Corporate Counsel Jason Prussman

The National LGBT Bar Association – the country's largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and allied legal professionals – has honored Jason Prussman, senior corporate counsel, Level 3 Communications, with its 2017 Denver Out & Proud award. The award recognizes outstanding legal professionals who advance LGBT equality through words and actions to create more secure and welcoming workplaces.

Prussman earned a bachelor's degree from Colorado State University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Colorado. He counsels the human resources department and other units within Level 3 on employee relations matters, corporate policies and compliance programs. He joined Level 3 in 2011.

Call for Performers - Love Is A Drag


truTV Greenlights New Series from Comedy Icon Amy Sedaris

truTV recently announced the greenlight of an all-new scripted series from comedy legend Amy Sedaris (Strangers with Candy, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt). In the Untitled Amy Sedaris Project, Sedaris will apply her sincere yet distinctive brand of silliness to a one-of-a-kind mash up of hospitality, variety and talk show formats. Through her imaginative characters and unique point of view, the series will showcase Sedaris' diverse but necessary homemaking skills, from Frenching beans, to gutting a trout, to crocheting miniature sweaters, to entertaining business-men. Each episode of the series will revolve around a traditional theme – such as Fish! Wood!, or Grieving! – and will seamlessly combine Sedaris' humor and talents as a crafter, chef, baker and hostess. truTV has ordered 10 half-hour episodes of the series.

"I've been doing this show in my head for years. It will be terrific to get it on TV so I can free up some wiggle room up in my skull," said Sedaris.

A prolific actress, author, comedian and rabbit educator, Sedaris has appeared often on screen, both large and small. She is the co-creator, with Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello, of the hit cult comedy series Strangers with Candy and half of the Obie-winning "Talent Family" playwright team (with her brother, David). She is also the author of two best-selling books, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence and Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People.

"It only took one meeting for us to want this show out of Amy's head and on our air," said Marissa Ronca, executive vice president and head of programming for truTV. "Amy is a creative genius who, throughout her career, has created authentic, original characters and worlds that comedy fans like us have loved. We're incredibly excited to bring her specific and hilarious brand of comedy to truTV."

The Untitled Amy Sedaris Project
is produced by PFFR, with executive producers Sedaris, Alyson Levy, John Lee and Vernon Chatman. The series will go into production this summer.

Bayard & Me

 

Bayard & Me, a short doc about gay civil rights leader Bayard Rustin who adopted his partner for legal rights, will premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival; Award-winning filmmaker Matt Wolf shares why he made Bayard & Me in a video for the It Gets Better Project.

Nice To See StevieB: Small Town Boy

By StevieB

There comes a time when you realize that your youth, no matter how far back on the calendar, is officially ancient history. For me, it was when I received the news that Carrie Fisher had passed, but even closer to my heart, it was when I heard that Larry Steinbachek, keyboardist with pioneering synth-pop trio Bronski Beat, died at the age of 56.

Never heard of Bronski Beat? Yeah, it's truly a generational thing. Bronski Beat was a band starting in the 1980's British synthpop scene. Never heard of synthpop? Yeah. It was just one of the most distinctive subgenres of new wave. A sound heavily influenced by David Bowie.  During this generation, a trio achieved success with their distinctive sound and lead singer, particularly with the 1984 No. 3 in the UK chart hit "Smalltown Boy." They made a video for "Smalltown Boy" and it was late at night when a twelve-year-old me, watched it for the first time. It was a message in a bottle washing up on the shores of my deserted island.

All members of the group were openly gay, their songs reflected this. It was pop music with a commentary on gay-related issues. In a generation of subversive and double entendre messages, Bronski Beat was clear in message.
Pushed around and kicked around, always a lonely boy
You were the one that they'd talk about around town as they put you down
And as hard as they would try they'd hurt to make you cry
But you never cried to them, just to your soul
In 1984 I was twelve. I had already come to terms with being gay. What I could not comprehend, nor functionally comply with was how to operate on a rural ranch outside of a small town in the middle of nowhere. Within a dysfunctional family with Mormon ideal. I was failing to cope. Then, late at night, as I sat crying, the Bronski Beat video came on television.  It was a bolt from the blue. I could. I had to wait, but I would get out. I would have the life I wanted. The life I needed. Thank you Larry Steinbachek, rest in peace. You saved my life.

Friday, January 13, 2017

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'The Who's Tommy' is now playing in Denver

Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, The Who's Tommy is an exhilarating story of hope, healing and the human spirit. The story of the pinball-playing, deaf, dumb and blind boy who triumphs over his adversities has inspired, amazed and puzzled audiences for more than 40 years. This five-time Tony Award-winning musical was translated to the stage by theatrical wizard, Des McAnuff, into a high-energy, one-of-a-kind theatrical event.

After witnessing the accidental murder of his mother's lover by his father, Tommy is traumatized into catatonia and, as the boy grows, he suffers abuse at the hands of his sadistic relatives and neighbors. As an adolescent, he's discovered to have an uncanny knack for playing pinball and, when his mother finally breaks through his catatonia, he becomes an international pinball superstar.
 

Performances will be January 13 through February 4, 2017 with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM. There will also be one pay-what-you-can industry night on Thursday, February 2, 2017. Tickets are $20 in advance/$25 at the door/$17 for groups of 6 or more in advance only. All performances will be at The Bug Theatre at 3654 Navajo Street in Denver. Tickets and more information available online at www.EquinoxTheatreDenver.com.

156 LGBT Elected Officials Call On President-elect to Advance LGBT Equality During His Presidency

Today, Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute commended LGBT elected officials representing millions of Americans from across the country for calling on President-elect Donald Trump to respect LGBT Americans and continue efforts to advance equality. In an open letter to the President-elect, 156 elected officials express grave concerns about his Cabinet appointees, and implore Trump to “be a president for all Americans.” The letter is signed by U.S. Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney and Mark Pocan, as well as openly LGBT mayors, state legislators, city councilmembers and other LGBT elected officials.
 
“These LGBT elected officials represent America at its best – diverse leaders who make the values of inclusion, fairness and justice the cornerstone of their policy positions and decision-making,” said Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, President & CEO of Victory Institute. “This letter urges the President-elect to govern by those core American values, and to put forward legislation and policies that improve quality of life for all Americans. They are using their collective voice to demand continued progress on equality, and to make clear they will oppose any efforts that threaten our rights or families.”

“LGBT elected officials are unified and promising to use their positions of power to drive equality at every level of government. This unprecedented solidarity aims to reassure our community – at a time when many are understandably concerned – that our issues remain a priority, and they will strategize new ways to work across jurisdictions to protect and expand our rights. Their commitment is a testament to the importance of LGBT elected officials, and we urge our community to bolster their ranks by running for office – to join them in showing Americans that public service remains an impactful and noble profession. Victory Institute will double-down on efforts to train the next generation of LGBT leaders in the coming months and years so we can increase representation and ensure our voices are heard.”

The full letter and signatories are included below. More than 40 LGBT elected officials began work on the open letter during a closed-door strategy session at Victory Institute’s International LGBT Leaders Conference in Washington, DC on December 8, 2016.

Full text of open letter to President-elect Donald Trump:

January 13, 2017
Dear President-elect Donald Trump:

Congratulations on being elected the 45th President of the United States. We are 156 proud lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elected officials representing millions of constituents, and we urge you to join us in embodying the highest ideals of our great and diverse nation.

The long and divisive presidential campaign is over, and now more than 300 million Americans depend on you to bring our nation together. To do this, we ask you deescalate the hostility and intolerance expressed by a small but vocal minority throughout the election season. We ask you appoint individuals with inclusive policy solutions that aim to better the lives of all Americans. And we ask you declare full support for LGBT equality, and remain true to earlier statements promising to be a president supportive of our rights.

We believe in an America that values and accepts everyone, and a country that strives to improve quality of life for all people, regardless of their background or beliefs. These principles are what distinguish America in an often-troubled world – they are what make America great. And it is the elected leadership of our nation that determines whether our government embodies or undermines those ideals. It is elected leaders like ourselves – from the U.S. president to city councilmembers – that either appeal to the better angels of our fellow Americans, or use fear and rancor to spur unproductive discord.

While we hope you appeal to those better angels and support inclusive and fair-minded policies, we have grave concerns given the individuals appointed to your administration thus far. Nearly all hold anti-LGBT views aimed at denying our community acceptance and inclusion in American society. Many proudly tout legislative records opposing basic rights for LGBT Americans, and others express disdain for our lives and relationships. Intended or not, these appointments signal a Trump administration preparing to rollback recent advances for LGBT people, and an administration opposed to LGBT people living open and free.

Our concern is not unfounded, given our historic gains are recent and vulnerable. Openly LGBT men and women can now proudly serve in the Armed Forces; committed same-sex couples can legally marry nationwide; federal contractors can no longer discriminate against LGBT employees or job applicants; the U.S. State Department is leading the world in advancing global LGBT equality; and more than 300 openly LGBT individuals were appointed to positions in the federal government over the past eight years. These hard-fought advances transformed our place in American society, and we are disturbed that most of your appointees opposed these efforts. 

Mr. President-elect, our nation will be weaker if LGBT military personnel are prevented from serving openly and equally. America will be worse off if discrimination protections for LGBT government employees or students are revoked. The entire country will suffer if there is a national attempt to implement “religious exemptions” that allow businesses to turn away LGBT customers. And the world will be a darker place without America speaking against anti-LGBT violence and injustices abroad. We need you to vocally reject our country moving backward – to reject the anti-LGBT positions of your appointees and promise a pro-equality Trump administration.

We also must emphasize the LGBT community is as diverse as our nation. We are black, we are Latino, we are white, we are immigrants, we are Muslim, we are Jewish, we are women, and we are people with disabilities. LGBT elected officials know well the sting and consequences of discrimination, injustice and intolerance, and we carry that lived experience into our policy positions, legislation and decision-making. We hold central the American values of fairness, justice and liberty – and ensure these values are the foundation for our work as public servants. As the nation debates economic security, immigration, women’s rights, voting rights, policing, and mass incarceration, we ask you also apply the American values of fairness, justice and liberty, and ensure the best interests of all communities are incorporated into your policies and positions.

Americans of every political party, ideology, race, ethnicity and religion support LGBT equality – it does not need to be a partisan issue. As elected officials, we understand support for LGBT equality as both morally appropriate and politically shrewd. History looks fondly upon leaders who stand for social justice when those around them argue otherwise. History also views harshly those who fail to recognize and support morally righteous causes – and history will undoubtedly view LGBT equality as both moral and righteous.  

We sincerely hope you aim to be a president for all Americans – including LGBT Americans of every race, ethnicity, gender and religion. As representatives of the LGBT community, we will hold your administration accountable for actions that infringe upon our rights and opportunities, and will oppose presidential appointees who denigrate or harm our community. But we much prefer to work with you to continue the incredible progress toward LGBT equality – to have you stand with us on the right side of history. We hope you voice your support for existing rights and protections for LGBT Americans, and commit to furthering LGBT equality during your presidency. We promise to be a strong and persistent voice for equality either way.

Sincerely,
Federal

Representative Sean Patrick Maloney
U.S. House of Representatives
New York, Congressional District 18

Representative Mark Pocan
U.S. House of Representatives
Wisconsin, Congressional District 2

Alabama

Representative Patricia Todd
Alabama House of Representatives, District 54

Arizona

Representative Daniel Hernandez
Arizona House of Representatives, District 2

Representative Otoniel "Tony" Navarrete
Arizona House of Representatives, District 30

Lawrence Robinson
Governing Board Member
Roosevelt School Board

Karin Uhlich
Councilmember, Ward 3
Tucson City Council

Arkansas

Kathy Webb
Vice Mayor
Little Rock City Board

California

Senator Toni Atkins
California State Senate, District 39

Jovanka Beckles
Councilmember
Richmond City Council

Kevin Beiser
Board Vice President
San Diego Unified School District

Sabrina Brennan
Commissioner
San Mateo County Harbor Commission

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon
West Sacramento

Adam Carranza
President
Mountain View Board of Education

Chris Clark
Councilmember
Mountain View City Council

John D’Amico
Councilmember
West Hollywood City Council

John Duran
Councilmember
West Hollywood City Council

Representative Susan Talamantes Eggman
California State Assembly, District 13

Joel Fajardo
Vice Mayor
San Fernando City Council

Ginny Foat
Councilmember
Palm Springs City Council

Larry Forester
Councilmember
Signal Hill City Council

Mayor Robert Garcia
Long Beach

Assemblymember Todd Gloria
California State Assembly, District 78

Georgette Gomez
Councilmember, District 9
San Diego City Council

Steve Hansen 
Councilmember, District 4
Sacramento City Council

John Heilman 
Mayor Pro Tem          
West Hollywood City Council

Gabe Kearney
Councilmember
Petaluma City Council

Geoff Kors
Councilmember         
Palm Springs City Council

Senator Ricardo Lara             
California State Senate, District 33

Steven Llanusa
Vice President, Board of Education
Claremont Unified School District

Assemblymember Evan Low
California State Assembly, District 28

Rafael Mandelman
Trustee
City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees

Alex Randolph
Member
City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees

Jeff Sheehy
Supervisor, District 8
San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Rene Spring
Councilmember
Morgan Hill City Council

Tom Temprano
Trustee
City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees

Wanden Treanor
Trustee
Marin Community College District

Christopher Ward
Councilmember, District 3
San Diego City Council

Scott Wiener
California State Senate, District 11

Ken Yeager     
Supervisor, District 4
Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors

Colorado

Representative Joann Ginal
Colorado House of Representatives, District 52

Representative Leslie  Herod 
Colorado House of Representatives, District 8

Debra Johnson
Clerk and Recorder
Denver

Representative Paul Rosenthal
Colorado House of Representatives, District 49B

Robin Kniech  
Councilmember, At-Large
Denver City Council

Gwen Lachelt 
Vice Chair, County Commissioner, District 2
La Plata County Commission

Senator Dominick Moreno                
Colorado State Senate, District 21

District of Columbia

Jack Jacobson 
President, Ward 2
District of Columbia State Board of Education

Florida

Heather Carruthers
Commissioner, District 3
Monroe County Commission

Lesa Peerman
Commissioner
Margate City Commission

Representative David Richardson
Florida House of Representatives, District 113

Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith                     
Florida House of Representatives, District 49

Georgia
                               
Representative Park Cannon  
Georgia House of Representatives, District 58

Representative Karla Drenner
Georgia House of Representatives, District 85

Representative Sam Park
Georgia House of Representatives, District 101

Alex Wan
Councilmember, District 6
Atlanta City Council

Idaho

Representative John McCrostie                    
Idaho House of Representatives, District 16A

Illinois

James Cappleman
Alderman, Ward 46
Chicago City Council

Representative Kelly Cassidy
Illinois House of Representatives, District 14

Representative Gregory Harris
Illinois House of Representatives, District 13

Raymond Lopez
Alderman, Ward 15
Chicago City Council

Colette Lueck
Trustee
Oak Park Village Board

Deborah Mell
Alderman, Ward 33
Chicago City Council

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa  
Alderman, Ward 35
Chicago City Council

Debra Shore
Commissioner
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Mark Tendam
Alderman, Ward 6
Evanston City Council

Thomas Tunney          
Alderman, Ward 44
Chicago City Council

Iowa

Representative Liz Bennett    
Iowa House of Representatives, District 65

Senator Matt McCoy
Iowa State Senate, District 21

Kansas

Mike Poppa
Councilmember, Ward 4
Roeland Park City Council

Maine

Senator Justin Chenette
Maine State Senate, District 31

Representative Ryan Fecteau
Maine House of Representatives, District 11

Representative Lois Reckitt
Maine House of Representatives, District 31

Representative Andrew McLean
Maine House of Representatives, District 27

Maryland

Delegate Luke Clippinger
Democratic Caucus Chair
Maryland House of Delegates, District 46

Delegate Bonnie Cullison
Maryland House of Delegates, District 19

Delegate Anne Kaiser
Majority Leader
Maryland House of Delegates, District 14

Byron Macfarlane
Register of Wills
Howard County

Senator Richard Madaleno
Maryland State Senate, District 18

Delegate Maggie McIntosh
Maryland House of Delegates, District 43

Mayor Jeffrey Slavin
Somerset

Massachusetts

Senator Julian Cyr
Massachusetts Senate, Cape & Islands District

Jeremy Micah Denlea
Vice President, Ward 5
Attleboro Municipal Council

Eileen Duff
Councilor, District 5
Massachusetts Governor's Council

Mayor Kevin Dumas
Attleboro

Representative Jack Patrick Lewis
Massachusetts House of Representatives, Middlesex District 7

Mayor Alex Morse
Holyoke

Mayor E. Denise Simmons
Cambridge

Michigan

Mayor Jim Carruthers
Traverse City

Mayor David Coulter
Ferndale

Mayor Amanda Maria Edmonds
Ypsilanti

Representative Jon Hoadley
Michigan House of Representatives, District 60

Brian McGrain
Commissioner, District 10
Ingham County Board of Commissioners

Jason Morgan
Commissioner, District 8
Washtenaw County Commission

Representative Jeremy Moss
Michigan House of Representatives, District 35

Richard Renner
Township Supervisor
Pioneer Township

Mayor Kenson J. Siver
Southfield

Minnesota

Representative            Susan  Allen
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 62B

Carol Becker
President
Minneapolis Board of Estimate and Taxation

Representative Karen Clark
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 62A

Senator D. Scott Dibble                     
Minnesota State Senate, District 61

Representative Erin Maye Quade
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 57A

Missouri

Shane Cohn
Alderman, Ward 25
St. Louis Board of Alderman

Representative Randy Dunn
Missouri House of Representatives, District 23

Nebraska

Barbara Baier
Member, District 3
Lincoln Board of Education

Nevada

Representative Nelson Araujo                       
Nevada State Assembly, District 3

Senator David Parks
Nevada State Senate, District 7

New Hampshire

Mayor Dana Hilliard
Somersworth

Christopher Pappas
Councilor, District 4
New Hampshire Executive Council

New Jersey

Michael DeFusco
Councilman, Ward 1
Hoboken City Council

Assemblyman Tim Eustace
New Jersey General Assembly, District 38

Assemblyman Reed Gusciora
New Jersey General Assembly, District 15

Pamela Renee
Councilwoman
Borough of Neptune City Council

Edward Zipprich         
Councilmember
Borough of Red Bank Council

New Mexico

Senator Jacob Candelaria
New Mexico State Senate, District 26

Mayor Javier Gonzales
Santa Fe

Linda Siegle
Governing Board Secretary
Santa Fe Community College Board of Trustees

Senator Liz Stefanics
New Mexico State Senate, District 39

New York

Assemblymember Harry Bronson      
New York State Assembly, District 138

Matt Haag
Councilmember, At-Large
Rochester City Council

Gregory Rabb 
President, At-Large
Jamestown City Council

Michael Sabatino
Councilmember, District 3
Yonkers City Council

Assemblymember Matthew Titone
New York State Assembly, District 61

North Carolina

Representative Cecil Brockman
North Carolina House of Representatives, District 60

Mayor Lydia Lavelle
Carrboro


LaWana Mayfield
Councilwoman, District 3
Charlotte City Council

Damon Seils
Alderman
Carrboro Board of Aldermen

North Dakota

Representative Joshua Boschee          
North Dakota House of Representatives, District 44

Ohio

Representative Nickie J. Antonio                   
House Minority Whip
Ohio House of Representatives, District 13

Sandra Kurt
Clerk of the Court
Summit County Clerk of Courts

Oregon

Representative Karin Power  
Oregon House of Representatives, District 41

Pennsylvania

Mayor Matt Fetick
Kennett Square

Bruce A. Kraus
Councilman, District 3
Pittsburgh City Council

Robert Langley
Councilmember
Meadville City Council

Lori Schreiber
Commissioner, Ward 14
Abington Township Board of Commissioners

Representative Brian Sims
Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 182

Tennessee

Chris Anderson
Councilmember, District 7
Chattanooga City Council

Nancy VanReece
Councilmember, District 8
Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County

Brett Withers
Councilmember, District 6
Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County

Texas

Representative Mary González
Texas House of Representatives, District 75

John Turner-McClelland        
President, District 11-A
Denton County Fresh Water Supply Board of Directors

Sheriff Lupe Valdez
Dallas County

Utah

Arlyn Bradshaw
Councilmember, District 1
Salt Lake County Council

Senator Jim Dabakis
Utah State Senate, District 2

Vermont

Representative Bill Lippert
Vermont House of Representatives, Chittenden-4-2 District

Virginia

Delegate Mark Levine
Virginia House of Delegates, District 45

Michael Sutphin
Councilmember
Blacksburg Town Council

Washington

Mayor Dave Kaplan   
Des Moines

Senator Marko Liias   
Washington State Senate, District 21

Representative Nicole Macri
Washington House of Representatives, District 43

Ryan Mello
Councilmember, At-Large Position 8
Tacoma City Council

Michael Scott
Councilor, Central Ward
Bainbridge Island City Council

West Virginia

Kevin Carden
Councilmember and Town Recorder
Corporation of Harpers Ferry

Wisconsin

Vered Meltzer
Alderperson, District 2           
Appleton Common Council

Michael Verveer
Alder and Council President, District 4
Madison Common Council

Wyoming

Representative Cathy Connolly
Minority Floor Leader
Wyoming State House of Representatives, District 13