Friday, April 28, 2023

David Zimmerman Talks LGBT Executive Networking Night (AUDIO)


In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with fierce LGBTQ ally David Zimmerman, Publisher of Boston Spirit Magazine about the 15th Annual LGBT Executive Networking Night on May 17th in Boston, MA. This year's event will feature keynote speaker Jonathan Knight the popular HGTV star and “New Kids On The Block” member. Knight is both a local and LGBTQ icon capturing the hearts of millions of fans with his incredible farmhouse renovations on HGTV’s “Farmhouse Fixer” and during his Grammy-nominated career in pop music with NKOTB. As keynote speaker Jonathan will share his story and celebrate his remarkable career. The evening promises to be a fabulous night of networking, mingling and making valuable connections with the Greater Boston LGBTQ corporate professional community and business leaders. The event will take place at the Marriott Boston Copley Place Ballroom from 6P to 9P. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals, share insights and build lasting relationships. There will also be a special presentation by the LGBT History Project on the history of the LGBTQ community in the region. Since its founding in 2006 Boston Spirit Magazine has become an indispensable resource for Boston's LGBTQ community covering a wide range of topics including business, arts and entertainment, travel, health and wellness and more. Boston Spirit Magazine is dedicated to producing high-quality content that informs, educates and inspires its readers. We talked to Zimmerman about what he hopes to accomplish with the 15th Annual LGBT Executive Networking Night and his spin on our LGBTQ issues. 

David Zimmerman launched Boston Spirit Magazine 17 years ago after a stellar career in both public relations and advertising. For nearly 20 years David worked at both the Boston Business Journal and Boston Magazine. The 15th Annual LGBT Executive Networking Night on May 17th at the Marriott Boston Copley Place Ballroom is an opportunity to network with other LGBTQ professionals from the Greater Boston area and meet with over 50 exhibitors. Many of the attending exhibitors are hiring so if you are in the market for a new career be sure to bring business cards. There will also be fabulous free appetizers and a cash bar with your $15 cover (cash or check only) at the door. For More Info & RSVP…

Monday, April 17, 2023

Victoria Kirby York Talks National Black Justice Coalition (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Victoria Kirby York, Director of Public Policy & Programs for the National Black Justice Coalition. Since 2003 the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) has been America’s leading national civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black LGBTQ people including people living with HIV/AIDS through coalition building, federal policy change, research and education. Their mission is to end racism, homophobia, LGBTQ bias and stigma. NBJC supports Black individuals, families and communities in strengthening the bonds and bridging the gaps between the movements for racial justice and LGBTQ equity. Recently NBJC unveiled its Federal Policy Agenda for the 118th Congressional Term offering its recommendations for urgently needed action to address pressing public policy issues facing our Black LGBTQ community ensuring their freedoms and equal protection under the law. NBJC is prioritizing three policy pillars this legislative session addressing Awareness, Access and Accountability. Black LGBTQ Americans represent a significant subset of Black families with over one million people (3.7 percent of all Black Americans) identifying as LGBTQ. The community's challenges are compounded partly by the stigma and marginalization resulting from social constructions of race, normative gender and sexuality. NBJC will also continue to fight and campaign for the Equality Act, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, the Student Loan Debt Relief Act, the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2019 and several Biden-Harris Administration executive actions. We talked to Victoria about what she hopes to accomplish at NBJC and her spin on our LGBTQ issues. 

Victoria Kirby York is responsible for leading NBJC’s advocacy and action strategies to maintain the org’s position as a recognized public-policy leader especially concerning Black trans, queer and non-binary/non-conforming people, families and communities as well as other multiple marginalized communities. Previously she served as the Deputy Director for the Advocacy & Action Department at the National LGBTQ+ Task Force where she managed the policy, organizing and faith team to queer advocacy around faith, equity and democracy. For over 20 years Victoria has been working in a variety of capacities regarding a number of progressive issues and candidates as well as in the private sector. For More Info…