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Tucson Pride is proud to announce the Grand Marshall for the 2013 Tucson Pride in the Desert Festival is Mr. Stuart Milk, nephew of Mr. Harvey Milk.
This years Festival will be held October 12, 2013 at the Kino Sports Complex, soccer field 2. Located behind the hospital at 2500 E. Ajo Way, in Tucson.
On October 11, 2013 at 7 pm there will be a meet and greet dinner at La Cocina located at 201 N. Court Ave with Mr Stuart Milk. This dinner is a fundraiser for Tucson Pride. Dinner is $50.00/person. Please be sure to contact Tucson Pride if interested in reserving your seat at La Cocina.
BIOGRAPHY BRIEF - STUART MILK, HARVEY MILK FOUNDATION CO- FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT
Stuart Milk is an international human rights advocate, speaker, author and diversity consultant. He is the co-Founder and Board President of the Harvey Milk Foundation, an all-volunteer run global non-profit. As the nephew of Harvey Milk – the iconic civil rights activist and one of first openly gay elected officials in the world – Stuart has taken his uncle’s message of authenticity, example of courage and the power of collaboration onto the global stage supporting local, regional and national human rights struggles on five continents. He successfully led campaigns for the establishment of the now official annual Harvey Milk holiday in California along with Milk’s induction into the California Hall of Fame by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and he accepted on behalf of his uncle the highest civilian honor in the US, the Medal of Freedom, from President Barack Obama.
Stuart, as an openly gay LGBT leader, has provided major public addresses before Parliaments and legislative bodies, lectured at leading universities, in faith communities, in Fortune 500 board rooms and at public rallies across the world. He has led collaborative national and international congresses on minority inclusion, diversity education, and workplace acceptance. Having over two decades of leadership experience in both public and private diversity programs, Stuart often consults with business and community organizations finding the intersection of economic growth and social progress with all minority communities. He has been widely recognized with numerous national and International awards as one of the most tireless advocates of a global LGBT inclusive human rights movement.
Stuart serves on the boards of Equality California, the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA), the International Conference on Disadvantaged Youth (ICDY) and he is co-Chair of the Beyond Tolerance Global Initiative. He has been featured on national and international broadcast media including as a regular guest on MSNBC, the BBC, and Huffington Post live. So far, in 2013 alone, Stuart provided the keynote address at the White House for President Obama's first annual Harvey Milk Champion Awards, he was the first non-European to ever open an EU International Human Rights Conference and he was awarded Canada's highest honor, the Inspire award for 2013.
November 5, 2011
At a time in history when LGBT college and professional athletes are finding it easier and more important to come out, Phoenix will play host to the 2011 Compete Sports Expo. The event, which is free to the public, will reflect diversity in its exhibitors, including sports equipment vendors, non-profit organizations, and an array of businesses which support both the straight and gay communities. With gay and lesbian buying power estimated to reach $835 billion this year, there are many businesses looking to expand their outreach to the LGBT community. In addition to vendor booths, door prizes, and a sports-themed film festival there will also be a Free Throw Contest sponsored by members of the National Basketball Retired Players Association and an international press conference.
The opening press conference will introduce Ben Cohen (scheduled to appear), international rugby superstar and founder of the StandUp Foundation that takes a stand against bullying. Also featured will be diversity ally Matt Fish, president of Phoenix’s National Basketball Retired Player Association (NBRPA) and former NBA athlete. Other surprises are planned.
The Expo is being held at the Sports Club at City Square in Phoenix on Saturday, November 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free but donations to the StandUp Foundation are being encouraged. Cohen is the first recipient of Compete’s Ben Cohen Ally Award that is meant to honor straight allies who are publicly supporting efforts to eliminate bullying and homophobia. The award will be presented to Cohen at the Compete Sports Diversity Awards held that evening at the Fiesta Resort and Conference Center in Tempe, Ariz. In total, the Awards will honor more than five sports diversity heroes, including 2011 PBA Rookie of the Year, Scott Norton.
The Expo is being sponsored by Compete Sports Media. Compete’s mission is “To Unite the Gay and Straight Communities Through Sports” via its family of sports media brands. Compete Magazine, Compete Radio, and CompeteNetwork.com. For more information on Compete Sports Media, its Sports Expo or Sports Diversity Awards, please contact Connie Wardman at 480-222-4223 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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