In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Diego Miguel Sanchez the National Director of Policy at PFLAG who is being honored with the Lifetime Dedication Award at the Promise Place School Boston Gala that takes place Saturday September 26, 2015 at the Seaport Boston Hotel. Diego joined PFLAG National as Director of Policy in 2013 after serving as Senior Policy Advisor to Congressman Barney Frank (MA) until his retirement from The U.S. House. Diego made history in 2009 as the first openly transgender person to work as a senior legislative staffer on Capitol Hill and for historically testifying in 2008 to the U.S. House on ENDA. Previously Diego spent 20 years as a corporate global executive in public relations, marketing and diversity management at world headquarters of Fortune 500 companies including Coca-Cola, ITT and Starwood Hotels. We talked to Diego about his work at PFLAG the nation's largest LGBT family and ally organization, being honored at the Promise Place School Boston Gala and his spin on our LGBT issues.
When asked about being honored at the Promise Place School Boston Gala Sanchez stated, “Getting a Lifetime Achievement Award means that I am not the youngest person in the room, I figure, because it takes time to earn a lifetime of achievements. But it means so much to me to be recognized for all the work I’ve been able to do. Whether it’s working for Fortune 500 corporations, working on HIV/AIDS or LGBTQ nonprofits or serving as then first openly transgender Senior Staffer on Capitol Hill under Congressman Barney Frank, my mere presence is what commanded the press. So it’s never been easy being different from absolutely everyone but it’s always special. I hope to get to set an example on being compassionate and strong, giving others room to learn and not expecting to understand everything right away and in that way I hope to inspire both current and future generations to be kind when they offer support and educate or when they advocate.”
Diego Miguel Sanchez was named to the Top 100 Most Powerful Latino/a Corporate Executives by Hispanic Business Magazine, Most Powerful Latinos/as in Massachusetts by El Planeta Newspaper and listed in the Out 100 and the inaugural Trans 100. He’s earned three Silver Anvil Awards from the Public Relations Society of America, a Silver Flame from the International Association of Business Communicators and was awarded National Stonewall Democrats Capital Champion Award and Q Street Lobbyists’ Legislative Staffer of the Year. Promise Place School is an initiative of the Foundation for International Justice. The Promise Place School will include a residential educational complex for homeless LGBTQ youth ages 12-24 in Massachusetts that will combine classroom settings with a safe home environment. The school will be staffed by qualified professionals, offering services including a safe and stable home environment, a healthy diet, clothing, medical services, mental health services, substance abuse education, recreational and physical fitness programs and HIV/STD testing. All students will be offered education from 6th grade and up including a GED program, guidance counseling, life skills education and vocational skills training, college prep classes, career counseling, full continuing education scholarships and more. The Promise Place School’s First Annual Spring Gala on Saturday September 26th in Boston will be also be honoring Congressman Joe Kennedy, Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Carl Sciortino, Joe Finn and Elisabeth Jackson for their continued support of the mission to help homeless LGBTQI youth. Next week we’ll be talking to Lawrence “Larry” Watson who will perform live at the First Annual Gala fundraising event for Promise Place School with his Jazz Group “Workforce”.
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