Open Dialogues LGBTQ Panel Discussion Allies | Finding Commonality
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
7 pm reception | 7:30 pm panel | FREE
Moderated by Todd Delmay
President, Hollywood LGBTQ+ Council
Join us for a screening of the short documentary Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community, followed by the discussion “Allies | Finding Commonalities” with moderator Todd Delmay and panelists Freddy Rodriguez, Karen Prescod, Tori Gabriel, and David Weaver.
Delmay will lead the panelists in a conversation about finding common ground among the LGBTQ and Ally communities within the narratives of the film. Areas of discussion include what it means to be an LGBTQ+ Ally, advancing support networks that promote inclusion and acceptance, and helping the community understand that what is good for LGBTQ individuals is good for everyone.
Delmay is President and CEO of Delmay and Partners, and in 2019 helped launch the Hollywood LGBTQ+ Council. He made history in January 2015 when he and his husband Jeff were among the first of two same-sex couples to marry in Florida. They were guests that same month of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz at the 2015 State of the Union Address.
Panelists will bring a diverse range of experiences to the conversation. Freddy Rodriguez is an award-winning filmmaker who directed, photographed and edited the Center’s short documentary film Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community. Karen Prescod is an empowerment speaker/moderator and founder of the The Bowtie Gurl, a fashion and lifestyle brand centered on personal, creative expression.
Tori Gabriel is a Hollywood resident and Ally who is the parent of a transgender child. David Weaver works for the education nonprofit Teach For America and serves on the Steering Committee of the Hollywood LGBTQ+ Council.
Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community is funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of Broward as part of Broward Pride, one of the 10 Issues That Matter most to Broward’s future. Broward Pride seeks to catalyze institutional culture change within organizations to openly welcome and include LGBT residents.
Support for Open Dialogues is provided by the following Funds at the Community Foundation of Broward: Richard Frisby and Edward Burkhart Fund, Leonard & Sally Robbins Fund, Frederick W. Jaqua Fund, and James Bell-Greenbaum Charitable Fund.