Sarah and Julissa held a beautiful wedding at a campsite in Plymouth, MA. The intimate setting felt warm with those who truly knew the couple best. Their love radiated off the cool cape water and shined over the lake. After the ceremony we took a boat ride around the lake looking back on the guests at cocktail hour. Excitement turned into pure bliss as the couple retuned back outside for a moment alone at sunset. Congrats Sarah & Julissa!
This was my first City Hall Wedding in NYC and I couldn't have asked for a better day. Vincent and James have been together for almost 10 years. "The Way You Make Me Feel" appropriately played in the Uber on our way to City Hall. James' mom and aunt met Vincent's mom and dad for the first time ever right outside City Hall, which was a special moment to witness on such an exciting day.
After the ceremony, we walked outside where the grooms were surprisingly greeted by their friends of their football league. Celebrations continued over wine and pasta at noon, which in my opinion is always the best way to celebrate.
Four. The total number of how many times I cried during this two day event with Out Leadership.
It's hard to sum up the emotions, inspiration and initiatives discussed and felt during the conference, so instead I am going to list some of the quotes stated by speakers at the event.
Annise Parker, American politician and previous Mayor of Houston.
"Go to the edge of where you're comfortable and then take one more step."
"If you're not doing anything scary, you're not doing enough."
David Lawenda, Head of Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook
"Leaders can't be leaders unless people follow them. Hard to get people to follow if they don’t know who you are."
Billy Porter, Tony Award Winner, Actor, Director and Star of Kinky Boots
"Speak so you can be it."
"You need to know how you are perceived so you can change that perception."
Jim Obergefell, lead plaintiff in Obergefell v. Hodges
"Make yourself the minority often as you can, that's where your advocacy will come from"
Daniel Diez, EVP and Global Chief Marketing Officer of R/GA
"Love has no labels"
"Be prepared for your success, when you capture attention do something amazing about it."
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OUT Leadership hosted their annual VIP Dinner prior to the Leadership Conference earlier this week at the Bank of America Tower.
Advice: Highly consider working for BOA solely because of the view the 51st floor provides.
I always leave these events feeling inspired. OUT manages to always have speakers that engage the audience in thoughtful discussions. Ken Mehlman of KKR and David Mixner, human rights activist and author, held a captivating talk during dinner.
Mixner made a striking comment that stuck with me.
He said to make it unacceptable for your friends not to be registered to vote this year. He recommended not inviting friends who are not registered to vote to any social gatherings to further prove how important this election is for LGBT activists and allies. I couldn't agree more. This upcoming election is too important to not vote. He said "we have worked too hard to get here to have everything we have worked for taken away."
If you are reading this post and are not registered to vote, please go sign up right now and head to outleadership.com for more information about the organization.