On November 28, 2012, the Ford Foundation brought together LGBT leaders and allies, artists, journalists, technologists, policymakers and funders to explore the next opportunities for progress for the LGBT movement, how social justice can be inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity, and how to engage broad communities in securing rights for LGBT people.


Securing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is the civil and human rights cause of our generation. On Nov. 28, the Ford Foundation's Out for Change event presents some unique perspectives from the LGBT community. Individuals, couples and families from across the United States share their stories of struggle, inclusion and hope. Scroll down for more videos from this event.


About the Event

Luis Ubiñas President, Ford Foundation
Maya Harris Vice President of Democracy, Rights and Justice
Surina Khan, Director of the foundation's Advancing LGBT Rights initiative

The Road to Equity: Where Do We Need to Go?
Laura Flanders (Moderator) Host, The Laura Flanders Show
Rea Carey Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Chai Feldblum Commissioner, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Geoffrey Winder Senior Manager of Racial and Economic Justice, Programs, Gay-Straight Alliance Network
Richard Socarides Attorney and Commentator

Special Performance by Carvens Lissaint and Ceez Liive
Carvens Lissaint Spoken Word Poet
Ceez Liive Spoken Word Poet
Who’s In, Who’s Out: Building Alliances to Grow the Base
Jonathan Capehart (Moderator) Journalist, Washington Post
Reverend Delman Coates Pastor, Mount Ennon Baptist Church
Kate Kendell Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Jorge Gutierrez Project Coordinator, Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project
Ai-Jen Poo Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Neera Tanden President, Center for American Progress
Lunch Discussion A Conversation with Dustin Lance Black and Kenji Yoshino
Dustin Lance Black Screenwriter, Producer and Director
Kenji Yoshino Professor, New York University School of Law
The Culture Curve: Is Culture Ahead of Us or Behind Us?
B. Ruby Rich (Moderator) Film Critic and Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz
Nekisa Cooper Film Producer, “Pariah”
Sasha Costanza-Chock Assistant Professor, MIT Comparative Media Studies
Amy Ray Musician
James Schamus CEO, Focus Features
John Waters Filmmaker
Special Performance by BETTY
BETTY New York City-Based Alternative Rock Band

Out for Change

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