Wednesday, January 28, 2009

2009: The Year Ahead for Straight for Equality!

Happy New Year from Straight for Equality!

At this time of year everyone is celebrating all things new: new year, new beginnings, etc. So, in the spirit of the season, let’s take a look at all the brand-spankin’-new things that Straight for Equality has to offer:

Straight for Equality message boards! Here you can connect with other allies and discuss anything your heart desires, from current events to personal stories. Start a conversation today!

Training programs: they’re not all new, but they’re all improved! Interested in moving equality forward at work? Check out Straight for Equality in the Workplace! For a straight ally 101, take a look at our How to be an Ally training. Are you an experienced advocate for equality looking to reach out to and engage more allies? Give The Care and Feeding of Straight Allies a try.

Updated Resources! On our new Resources page, you’ll find an updated recommended reading list, a selection of films for allies, a great glossary of helpful terms, and even an “Ask an Ally” column.

And coming soon in 2009…

The First Annual Straight for Equality Awards Gala:

On Thursday night, February 5, 2009, in New York City’s Times Square, PFLAG and Straight for Equality will make history by hosting the first annual Straight for Equality Awards Gala. At this event, we take time to honor and celebrate a few straight allies that embody the values of PFLAG and Straight for Equality.

This year, we are proud to recognize Dr. Maya Angelou, Sigourney Weaver, Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole and IBM. We’ve also got CNN’s Soledad O’Brien as emcee, Gala Chair J.T. (Ted) Childs, Jr., and Judy Reyes from ABC’s Scrubs as our auctioneer.

Click here to purchase tickets and learn more about this fabulous event!

Also coming in 2009: Straight for Equality in Healthcare! Are you a straight ally in the healthcare field? We’re in the process of developing Straight for Equality in Healthcare, a set of resources for anyone who works in healthcare, from doctors to nurses to psychologists to receptionists working in doctors’ offices, and anyone in between. Look for Straight for Equality in Healthcare on in early 2009!

Happy New Year everyone, and have fun exploring Straight for Equality!

- Julie Handy