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National gay rights leaders to speak in Billings, MT fundraiser

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The Billings Gazette
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January 11, 2013

Leaders from two of the nation’s largest gay rights foundations will help raise money for students and organizations in Montana during a fundraiser at Corby Skinner’s historic house on Friday, Jan. 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Kris Hermanns, the executive director of the Pride Foundation, and Tim Sweeney, CEO and president of the Gill Foundation, will speak about the state of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality movement in Montana and the impact of recent marriage equality wins in the region. Sweeney, a Billings native and graduate of the University of Montana, joined the Gill Foundation as executive director in October 2007, bringing three decades of leadership experience in the movement to advance equality for all Americans. Prior to joining Gill Foundation, Sweeney worked to build national efforts to support the rights of lesbian and gay couples to civil marriage and provided support for organizations implementing a California law that safeguards the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.