GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios will be moderating a panel featuring some of President Obama's LGBT appointees this Saturday in Philadelphia on behalf of the Equality Forum. Even if you cannot attend the panel, you can follow along and participate on Twitter by following @glaad and using the hashtag #ObamaLGBT.
The free panel, which will take place from 1pm to 2:15pm May 1st at the Arts Bank, is a part of the Equality Forum's weeklong Annual Equality Forum which features panel discussions, parties, an annual art exhibit, International Equality Dinner, Sunday OUT! and more. This year's forum began on April 26th and wraps up this Sunday May 2nd with Sunday OUT!
The Obama LGBT appointees panel will address the importance of these historic gains in the Obama administration in the movement towards full equality. Have a question for the panelists? Tweet them to @glaad and include the hashtag #ObamaLGBT in your tweets. Or just follow the conversation here.
Meet the panelists:
Jeremy Bernard is the Director of White House and Congressional Affairs for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was appointed in 2009.Bernard and his partner, Rufus Gifford, were major fund-raisers for Obama’s campaign in California. In 2008, Bernard and Gifford were recognized by Out Magazine on its list of the “50 most influential gays” in America.
Brian Bond is Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. Previously, he served as Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee’s Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council, and as Executive Director of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.
Jenn Jones is an Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Previously, she served as Vice President at O’Brien, McConnell & Pearson, a democratic fundraising and communications firm, and as Director of Development for the San Diego LGBT Community Center.
Kevin Naff is Co-founder and Editor of DC Agenda, a print and online news service covering LGBT issues. He previously worked as Editor of the Washington Blade, where he spent seven years and won numerous awards for his work.