Online registration is now closed. Pre-registrants received an email with their unique Zoom link and information to access the event. If you have not registered but would still like to purchase a ticket, please contact Director of Development Maggie Ardiente at [email protected].

Join leaders and friends at PFLAG National for Moving Equality Forward, a virtual event to honor legislative champions of equality, learn about PFLAG National’s new initiatives to support LGBTQ+ people and their families during the pandemic, and to hear how PFLAG National is continuing the work of changing hearts, minds, and laws. 

Tickets and sponsorships to this special event will support PFLAG Connects, a new program meeting LGBTQ+ people and their families where they are, as they are, through online meetings with PFLAG chapters, live broadcasts on social media, digital resources, and much more. 


Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm Eastern Time 

Location: Virtual link to be sent to registrants before the event

Individual Ticket: $35

Online registration is now closed. Pre-registrants received an email with their unique Zoom link and information to access the event. If you have not registered but would still like to purchase a ticket, please contact Director of Development Maggie Ardiente at [email protected].


Nancy Pelosi

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (CA-12)
2020 PFLAG National Champion of Justice Award

Hosted by:

André De Shields

André De Shields
Performing Activist and Broadway Deity
Photo Credit: Lia Chang, Director of Social Media for André De Shields

Special Guests:

Tammy Baldwin

Senator Tammy Baldwin (WI)
Founding Co-Chair, Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus

Mark Takano

Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41)
Co-Chair, Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus

Rep. Sharice Davids (KS-3)

Congresswoman Sharice Davids (KS-03)
Co-Chair, Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus

Deb Haaland

Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-1)
Vice Chair, Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus

Barbara Lee

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13)
Founding Member and Vice Chair, Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus 

Cocktail Demonstration by:

Gianna Burns

Gianna Burns of the award-winning cocktail bar Trick Dog in San Francisco sponsored by


Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Gold Sponsor

David Bohnett Foundation

Silver Sponsor


Bronze Sponsor

 Credit Suisse

Georgetown Public Affairs




Host Sponsor

Graying Rainbows

Mida Associates


Beverage Sponsor


Questions? Contact Rick Fowler at [email protected]

PFLAG National is the nation’s first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. With over 400 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters across the country, PFLAG is committed to creating a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed. 

PFLAG National is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (CA-12)Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (CA-12)
2020 PFLAG National Champion of Justice Award

Nancy Pelosi is the 52nd Speaker of the House of Representatives, having made history in 2007 when she was elected the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House. Now in her third term as Speaker, Pelosi made history again in January 2019 when she regained her position second-in-line to the presidency, the first person to do so in more than 60 years.  As Speaker, Pelosi is fighting For The People, working to lower health care costs, increase workers’ pay through strong economic growth and rebuilding America, and clean up corruption for make Washington work for all. For 31 years, Speaker Pelosi has represented San Francisco, California’s 12th District, in Congress.  She has led House Democrats for 16 years and previously served as House Democratic Whip. 

In 2013, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the American women’s rights movement. Under the leadership of Pelosi, the 111th Congress was heralded as “one of the most productive Congresses in history” by Congressional scholar Norman Ornstein. President Barack Obama called Speaker Pelosi “an extraordinary leader for the American people,” and the Christian Science Monitor wrote: “…make no mistake: Nancy Pelosi is the most powerful woman in American politics and the most powerful House Speaker since Sam Rayburn a half century ago.” 

Working in partnership with President Obama, Speaker Pelosi led House passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in early 2009 to create and save millions of American jobs, provide relief for American families, and provide a tax cut to 95 percent of working Americans. With the House Democratic Caucus, Pelosi continues to focus on the need to create jobs in America and prevent them from being shipped overseas. Speaker Pelosi was the architect of the landmark Affordable Care Act which has guaranteed protections for all Americans with pre-existing medical conditions, ended annual and lifetime limits on health coverage, and provided affordable health coverage for tens of millions more Americans while lowering health care costs over the long term. In the 111th Congress, Speaker Pelosi also led the Congress in passing strong Wall Street reforms to rein in big banks and protect consumers as well as the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which expands educational opportunities and reforms the financial aid system to save billions of taxpayers’ dollars. Additional key legislation passed into law included the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to restore the ability of women and all workers to access our judicial system to fight pay discrimination; legislation to provide health care for 11 million American children; national service legislation; and hate crimes legislation. In late 2010, Pelosi led the Congress in passing child nutrition and food safety legislation as well as repealing the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. As Speaker, Pelosi has made the climate crisis her flagship issue, enacting comprehensive energy legislation in 2007 that raised vehicle fuel efficiency standards for the first time in 32 years and making an historic commitment to American home grown biofuels. In 2009, under her leadership, the House passed the landmark American Clean Energy and Security Act – a comprehensive bill to create clean energy jobs, combat the climate crisis, and transition America to a clean energy economy. The legislation was blocked by Republicans in the United States Senate, but sent a strong signal to the world about the United States’ commitment to fighting the climate crisis. A leader on the environment at home and abroad, Pelosi secured passage of the “Pelosi amendment” in 1989, now a global tool to assess the potential environmental impacts of development. In San Francisco, Pelosi was the architect of legislation to create the Presidio Trust and transform the former military post into an urban national park. 

In continuing to push for accountability and transparency in government, under Speaker Pelosi, the House passed the toughest ethics reform legislation in the history of the Congress, including the creation of an independent ethics panel, and increased accountability and transparency in House operations, including earmark reforms. As Speaker, Pelosi led the fight to pass the DISCLOSE Act in the House, which fights a corporate takeover of U.S. elections and ensures additional disclosure; she continues to fight for this legislation today. Additional key accomplishments signed into law under the leadership of Speaker Pelosi include: an increase in the minimum wage for the first time in 10 years; the largest college aid expansion since the GI bill; a new GI education bill for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; and increased services for veterans, caregivers, and the Veterans Administration. As House Democratic Leader, Pelosi wrested critical legislative victories out of the GOP majority. In the 114th Congress, she spearheaded a historic bipartisan agreement to strengthen Medicare, ending the cycle of expensive “Doc Fix” patches and transitioning away from a volume-based system toward one that rewards value, ensures the accuracy of payments and improves the quality of care. Following the Iran Nuclear Agreement, Leader Pelosi orchestrated the effort that secured the votes to uphold a possible Presidential veto of Republicans’ effort to disapprove the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Pelosi’s strength at the negotiating table has consistently delivered significant funding increases for key Democratic priorities. In the FY 2016 omnibus, Pelosi won the permanent authorization of the World Trade Center Health Program and a massive five-year extension of expiring wind and solar renewable energy tax credits. In the FY 2018 omnibus, Pelosi won significant increases in vital domestic investments, including a $3.2 billion increase in opioid epidemic funding, a $3 billion increase for NIH medical research, and the largest single year funding increase for Child Care Development Block Grants in the initiative’s history. In the face of the all out-Republican onslaught against Americans’ health care, Leader Pelosi held House Democrats united through dozens of votes to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act – mobilizing a massive nationwide campaign to block House Republicans’ monstrous “Trumpcare” legislation. Under her leadership, House Democrats also unanimously opposed the GOP tax scam for the rich. 

Pelosi comes from a strong family tradition of public service. Her late father, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., served as Mayor of Baltimore for 12 years, after representing the city for five terms in Congress. Her brother, Thomas D’Alesandro III, also served as Mayor of Baltimore. She graduated from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. She and her husband, Paul Pelosi, a native of San Francisco, have five grown children and nine grandchildren.

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André De Shields André De Shields
Performing Activist and Broadway Deity

André De Shields is the triple-crown winner of the 2019 Awards season, having won the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Tony Awards for Best Featured Actor in a musical for his critically acclaimed performance as Hermes, Messenger to the Gods, in Hadestown. The Actors’ Equity Foundation followed suit with the Richard Seff Award, honoring veteran stage actors’ best supporting performances of the year. Mr. De Shields recently received the 202 Grammy Award for Musical Theater Album for Hadestown, an Honorary Doctor of Arts Degree from Boston Conservatory at Berklee, the inaugural Harlem Week Pride 50 Award; the Project1Voice Lifetime Achievement Award; the Joyce Warshow Lifetime Achievement Award from SAGE; the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre; and an induction into the American Theater Hall of Fame. In 2019, De Shields received the key to the city of his hometown, Baltimore, Maryland, from Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. Prior to his Tony Award win, De Shields was best known for his show-stopping performances in four legendary Broadway productions: The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Play On!, and The Full Monty. In a career spanning 50 years, he has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, and educator, receiving in 2018 the eighth annual Off-Broadway Alliance Legend Award and the 33rd annual Bob Harrington Life Achievement Bistro Award. Among his other accolades are the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award and a 2007 Village Voice Obie Award for sustained excellence of performance, and eight AUDELCO Awards for Outstanding Performance, Direction and Choreography. De Shields can currently be seen on Netflix as the Algebra Tutor in “John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch” and on The CW as Chubby in “Katy Keene.”De Shields is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and SDC. UBUNTU!

Photo Credit: Lia Chang, Director of Social Media for André De Shields

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Special Guests

Tammy BaldwinSenator Tammy Baldwin (WI)
Founding Co-Chair, Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus

Tammy Baldwin was born in Madison, Wisconsin and raised by her grandparents in the Badger State. Her grandfather was a scientist at the University of Wisconsin and her grandmother was a gifted artist and seamstress who became chief costumer of the UW Theater Department. Tammy graduated from Madison West High School and went on to double-major in political science and mathematics at Smith College. In 1989, she received her law degree from UW-Madison. In 1998, Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional District shattered the state’s glass ceiling and elected Tammy as the state’s first female member of Congress and the nation’s first openly gay challenger sent to Congress. She served seven terms in the House of Representatives, serving on the Budget Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and the Energy and Commerce Committee. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Tammy was a champion of middle class economic security. She helped craft the landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, leading the effort to include the provision that now allows young people to remain on their parents’ insurance plans up to age 26. She was the lead sponsor of the Buffett Rule to ensure tax fairness, fought for student loan reforms to make higher education accessible and affordable and developed a strong record of fighting against unfair trade deals that have shipped American jobs overseas. Tammy was elected to the U.S. Senate on November 6, 2012, winning a hard fought race and making history as Wisconsin’s first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate and the first openly gay member elected to the Senate. In the Senate, Senator Baldwin is committed to working across party lines to strengthen the essential pillars of economic security for the middle class - investments in education and workforce readiness, quality health care for all Americans, building a strong manufacturing economy, and ensuring retirement security for today’s seniors and future generations. Senator Baldwin serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Mark TakanoChairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Mark Takano(CA-41)
Co-Chair of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus

For more than twenty years, Mark Takano has worked to improve the lives of Riverside County residents, both as an elected official and as a teacher at Rialto High School. Born and raised in Riverside, Mark's commitment to public service began at an early age. His family roots in Riverside go back to his grandparents who, along with his parents, were removed from their respective homes and sent to Japanese American Internment camps during World War II. After the war, these two families settled in Riverside County to rebuild their lives. Mark attended La Sierra High School in the Alvord Unified School District, and in 1979 he graduated as the school's valedictorian. Mark attended Harvard College and received his bachelor's degree in Government in 1983. As a student, he bussed tables to help make ends meet. During his senior year, he organized a transcontinental bicycle ride to benefit the international development agency Oxfam America. Upon graduation, Mark returned home to Riverside and began teaching in the Rialto Unified School District in 1988. As a classroom teacher, Mark confronted the challenges in our public education system daily. In 1990, Mark was elected to the Riverside Community College District's Board of Trustees. At RCC, Mark worked with Republicans and Democrats to improve higher education for young people and job training opportunities for adults seeking to learn a new skill or start a new career. He was elected Board President in 1991 and helped the Board and the District gain stability and direction amid serious fiscal challenges. In 2012, Mark became the first openly gay person of color to be elected to Congress. Mark Takano represents the people of Riverside, Moreno Valley, Jurupa Valley and Perris in the United States House of Representatives. He serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and as a member of the Education and Labor Committee.

Rep. Sharice Davids (KS-3)Rep. Sharice Davids (KS-3)
Co-Chair, Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus

Rep. Sharice Davids was raised by a single mother, who served in the Army for 20 years. After graduating from Leavenworth High School, she worked her way through Johnson County Community College and the University of Missouri-Kansas City before earning a law degree from Cornell Law School. As a first generation college student who worked the entire time she was in college, Rep. Davids understands the importance of quality public schools and affordable higher education. It is that foundation that allowed her to go on to a successful career, focused on economic and community development, which included time as a White House Fellow under President Barack Obama. When she was sworn into the 116th Congress, Rep. Davids became one of the first two Native American women to serve in Congress. Rep. Davids has centered her work in office on putting Kansans first, fighting to limit the influence of special interests and make health care more affordable and accessible to everyone. She is a resident of Roeland Park.

Deb HaalandRep. Deb Haaland (NM-1)
Vice Chair, Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus

Congresswoman Haaland grew up in a military family; her father was a 30-year combat Marine who was awarded the Silver Star Medal for saving six lives during Vietnam, and her mother is a Navy veteran who was a federal employee for 25 years in Indian education. She knows the sacrifices made by military families because her family moved throughout the country during her father’s military service; as a result, she attended 13 different public schools. As a single mother, she volunteered at her daughter's pre-school in order to afford an early childhood education. Like many New Mexicans, she had to rely on food stamps at times as a single parent, has lived paycheck-to-paycheck, and struggled to put herself through college. Though hard work and determination, she earned degrees from the University of New Mexico and UNM Law School.

Congresswoman Haaland and her daughter, who recently graduated from the University of New Mexico, are still paying off student loans. For several years, she ran her own small business producing and canning Pueblo Salsa and later became the first Chairwoman elected to the Laguna Development Corporation Board of Directors, overseeing business operations of the second largest tribal gaming enterprise in New Mexico. Deb successfully advocated for the Laguna Development Corporation to create policies and commitments to earth-friendly business practices.

Deb is a former tribal administrator and has administered a local service provider for adults with developmental disabilities. She is a 35th generation New Mexican who is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna, and also has Jemez Pueblo heritage. After running for New Mexico Lieutenant Governor in 2014, Haaland became the first Native American woman to be elected to lead a State Party. She used her experience reaching out to communities who are often forgotten during the electoral process during the two Obama presidential campaigns. During her time as State Party Chair, she traveled to Standing Rock to stand side-by-side with the community to protect tribal sovereignty and advocate vital natural resources. Starting in 2016, Haaland has served as an Honorary Commander of Kirtland Air Force Base which gives her a better understanding of its missions and effects on New Mexico’s economy. After a lifetime of organizing communities to stand up for New Mexico families,   Congresswoman Deb Haaland was elected as one of the first Native American women to serve in Congress. She will serve in leadership roles as the 116th Congress Freshman Class Representative to the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, House Democratic Region VI Whip (Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona) and Deputy Whip for the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Barbara LeeRep. Barbara Lee (CA-13)
Founding Member and Vice Chair, Congressional LGBTQ+ Caucus

Congresswoman Barbara Lee is a forceful and progressive voice in Congress, dedicated to social and economic justice, international peace, and civil and human rights. First elected in 1998 to represent California’s 9th Congressional District, the Democratic lawmaker has a reputation for principled and independent stands, unafraid to take on the tough issues and speak her mind for her constituents, for a more just America, and for a safer world. A social worker by profession, she has been a life-long advocate for constituents, families and others accessing government services. Congresswoman Lee has been a strong proponent of safe communities, addressing hunger, environmental justice, universal health care, just immigration policies, the establishment of a living wage, reproductive health care rights and affordable housing, including creation of a National Housing Trust Fund. Her accomplishments include authoring or co-authoring every major piece of legislation dealing with global HIV/AIDS issues since she was elected to Congress. After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the congresswoman was the lone vote against a resolution that gave the President virtually unlimited authority to use force against unspecified organizations, individuals or nations for an unlimited period of time. She has consistently fought to stop endless wars and to reduce conditions that produce conflict and injustice. Congresswoman Lee is the Co-Chair of the Steering & Policy Committee, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, former Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Chair Emeritus of the Progressive Caucus, and Co-Chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus. She also serves as Chair of the Majority Leader’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity. As member of the House Democratic Leadership, she is the highest ranking African American woman in the U.S. Congress. 

Brian BondBrian K. Bond
PFLAG National Executive Director

Brian Bond is a former Obama Administration official and LGBTQ advocate with an extensive background in constituency outreach and coalition bridge-building. Brian most recently served as the Coalitions Director for the Climate Action Campaign in Washington D.C., working to protect clean air and promote action to limit climate change. Prior to that, he was the Deputy CEO for the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During the Obama Administration he served as Deputy Director for the White House Office of Public Engagement and primary liaison for the LGBTQ community, the first to serve in that role. After the successful re-election of President Obama in 2012, he moved to the Environmental Protection Agency to work on the Administration’s climate initiatives as Associate Administrator for Public Engagement and Environmental Education. Prior to these roles, he served as the Executive Director of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and is credited with expanding the success of the organization and support for LGBTQ+ candidates during his six-year tenure, which began in 1997. Brian is a Missouri native and has a degree in Public Administration from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.

Kathy GodwinKathy Godwin
PFLAG National Board President

A native Californian, Kathy was raised in the Southern California area, graduating from UCLA in 1978, with a bachelor degree in Economics. Professionally, her career journey began in retail marketing and sales, to whole sale purchasing, and then to development and construction management. In 1990, her husband and she purchased a small business in Salt Lake City, Utah. She then became the HR and accounting manager. They sold their business in 2012 and have now returned to California to live. She has been involved in various non-profit organizations over the years, including The University of Utah Tanner Dance Program as a board member for 8 years and chair for two years. She was involved in private school PTA programs, Catholic Community leadership, and the SLC Jewish Community Center, which included many years of fundraising and development work. She joined PFLAG in 2005 in Salt Lake City with her husband, serving as a PFLAG Chapter president for 4 years. This lead to PFLAG National involvement as the Mountain West Regional Director for four years, and a National Board Member for four years. She currently serves as the President of PFLAG National Board of Directors and is the former PFLAG Regional Director Chair. Kathy's PFLAG journey has given her the opportunity to collaborate with various organizations, including the Utah Pride Center, Equality Utah, Planned Parenthood of Utah, Utah Homeless youth center, and others. This work has brought her not only joy but also purpose in how she experiences and lives. She is thankful for her relationship with PFLAG.

Gianna BurnsGianna Burns
Mixologist, Trick Dog San Francisco

Gianna Burns is a bartending professional based in San Francisco. She has a passion for creative thinking and how it can lead to exceptional hospitality. Most recently, she works for one of The World's 50 Best Bars of 2019, Trick Dog. Gianna has been able to hone her skills and truly focus on her craft. As a queer POC, it is important to her that representation is elevated in the bar industry. She works with organizations like Brown and Balanced, a series of pop up events created to celebrate African American bartenders. Previously, Gianna has worked for renowned bar programs such as Future Bars and the Haight Street staple, The Alembic. 

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Sponsorship Opportunities

PFLAG National is proud to partner with companies and organizations dedicated to inclusion, diversity, and equality. Become a sponsor of this year’s Moving Equality Forward virtual event and elevate your brand to a unique audience of LGBTQ+ people, their families, and allies who share your dedication to a world where all people are respected, valued, and affirmed.

Interested in creating a custom sponsorship package? Contact Rick Fowler at [email protected]

Gold Sponsor: $5,000

  • Name/Logo recognition on all event marketing materials and PFLAG’s event website 

  • Verbal recognition by PFLAG Executive Director during event

  • Name/Logo visibility, dedicated single slide, in sponsor scroll during intro and exit screens of event

  • One (1) tweet, tagged to your account, recognizing your support of the event

  • Name/Logo recognition on post-event email blast to all event participants with opportunity to include special promotion or marketing link 

  • Four (4) additional complimentary tickets 

Silver Sponsor: $2,500

  • Name/Logo recognition on all event marketing materials and PFLAG’s event website 

  • Verbal sponsorship recognition by PFLAG Executive Director during virtual event

  • Name/Logo visibility, dedicated single slide, in sponsor scroll during intro and exit screens of event

  • Name/Logo recognition on post-event email blast to all event participants with the opportunity to include special promotion or marketing link

  • Three (3) additional complimentary tickets

Bronze Sponsor: $1,000

  • Name/Logo recognition on PFLAG’s event website 

  • Name/Logo visibility, dedicated single slide, in sponsor scroll during intro and exit screens of event

  • Name/Logo recognition on post-event email blast to all event participants

  • Two (2) additional complimentary tickets

Host Sponsor: $500

  • Name/Logo recognition on PFLAG’s event website 

  • Name/Logo visibility in sponsor scroll during intro and exit screens of event

  • One (1) additional complimentary tickets

Friend Sponsor: $125 (for individuals only)

  • Name visibility in sponsor scroll during intro and exit screens of event 

Moving Equality Forward Virtual Event

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Moving Equality Forward?

Moving Equality Forward is a virtual event to honor legislative champions of equality and for PFLAG National members and supporters to hear how the organization is continuing the work of changing hearts, minds, and laws.

When is it?

This year’s event will be held Wednesday, September 2, 2020 from 6:30pm ET to 7:30pm ET.

Who will be speaking?

Click on the “Speakers” link on the left side of this page for a full list of this year’s speakers. 

When’s the last day to purchase tickets?

Monday, August 31 at midnight ET is the last day to purchase tickets online. If you would still like to attend after this date, please contact Director of Development Maggie Ardiente at [email protected].  

What’s your refund policy?

We will grant refunds before Friday, August 28. After that date, if you are unable to attend the event, we hope you will donate your ticket to a family member or friend. 

How is the event being broadcast?

Via our PFLAG Connects program, hosted on Zoom webinar. You will need a laptop computer or mobile phone with a web browser or the Zoom app to watch the event. 

How will I access the event?

Ticket purchasers will receive by email a unique Zoom link to access the event a day before the event, on Tuesday, September 1. You can log on as early as 6:05pm ET on the day of the event to make sure you can see the welcome screen and hear audio. We strongly encourage you to log on 5-10 minutes before the event to make sure you are able to view the event. The event will start promptly at 6:30pm ET. 

I’m having trouble logging on and accessing the event. What should I do?

Please make sure that your computer’s audio is on and that you can see the welcome screen when you log on. If you are still experiencing problems, this Zoom tutorial might help: Joining a Meeting. If not, please contact Director of Development Maggie Ardiente at [email protected] immediately. 

It’s the day of the event, and I haven’t received my Zoom link. What should I do?

Please first check your spam folder in case the email was sent there. If not, please contact Director of Development Maggie Ardiente at [email protected] immediately. 

Will I be able to see other attendees at the event?

No. Each attendee’s video will be turned off and audio will be muted. 

Will I be able to chat with other attendees?

No. The chat feature will be turned off during the event. 

Will I be able to ask the speakers questions? 

Yes, there will be an opportunity to submit questions during the Q&A portion of the live event. Your question will only be visible by the moderators.

Will an ASL Interpreter be present?

Yes. We thank ASL Interpreter Jenese Portee for providing ASL services for our attendees. 

Will there be closed captioning (CC)?


I have to miss some or all of the event. Will the event be recorded?

Yes. The video recording will be provided to attendees shortly after the event. 

I’d like to make the Chambord cocktail during the demonstration. What are the ingredients?

Ingredients for the Marsha, Marsha, Marsha (named after Marsha P. Johnson), a special cocktail created just for this event by bartending professional Gianna Burns of the award-winning San Francisco cocktail bar Trick Dog, are below: 

1.25 oz Woodford Reserve bourbon or any malted bourbon

.5 oz Chambord

.5 oz Manzanilla sherry or Fino sherry

.25 oz Amaro Nonino 

.5 oz lemon juice

.25 oz simple syrup

1 oz tonic water 

3-5 sliced yellow peaches 

pinch of sea salt 

crushed and cubed ice

Optional Garnish: Chambord Whipped Cream

1 tbsp butter

1 tbsp lemon marmalade

2 tbsp raspberry jam

3 tbs Chambord

1 cup of heavy whipping cream

Combine butter, jam, marmalade, & Chambord into a small bowl; whisk until smooth. Beat heavy whipping cream until it reaches soft peaks. Fold Chambord mixture into cream.

I have another question not addressed here. What should I do?

Contact Director of Development Maggie Ardiente at [email protected].