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. 

Details:

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

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Special Guests: 

Nancy Pelosi

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (CA-12)

2020 PFLAG National Champion of Justice Award

Deb Haaland

Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-1)

Vice Chair, Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus

Mark Takano

Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41)

Co-Chair, Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus

More exciting speakers to be announced!

Cocktail Demonstration:

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

Chambord

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Gold Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

David Catania

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.

Special Guests: 

Nancy Pelosi

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.

Deb Haaland

Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-1)

Vice Chair, Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus

U.S. House of Representatives

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. 

Mark Takano

Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41)

Co-Chair, Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus

U.S. House of Representatives

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.

Additional Speakers:

Brian Bond

Brian 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.

Gianna Burns

Gianna Burns

Bartending Professional 

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. 

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