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GREATER CINCINNATI

our dinner

MARCH 19, 2022 | Duke energy CONVENTION cenTer


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WELCOME FROM

OUR DINNER COCHAIRS

PAM KRAVETZ, ERIC ANDERSON, JOSHUA KAYES & JORDAN YOUNG

Dearest family members, friends, and colleagues:

Welcome to the 12th annual Greater Cincinnati dinner! We are so excited for the return to in-person – to gather as a community

to celebrate equality and support the important work of HRC. Since our last dinner in 2020, we’ve been through a

lot, and demonstrated the resiliency of the human spirit to overcome all odds.

We have a lot to celebrate. A return to normal life. Electing a pro-equality president and vice president. Surviving a pandemic.

Bringing racial injustice to light. But we also have a lot of work to do. Breaking down barriers that divide us. Educating

the public and the community about LGBTQ+ issues. Advocating for the rights of our queer and transgender youth. Protecting

our right to healthcare and safeguarding our right to vote. Ensuring that all LGBTQ+ people – and particularly those

of us who are trans and people of color – feel safe, supported, and seen.

We look forward to sharing an evening of storytelling and inspiration with you. Thank you to the Greater Cincinnati HRC

steering committee, board of governors, board of director, and dinner committee chairs and volunteers who have helped

make this wonderful evening possible. To our Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky LGBTQ+ and ally community

partners, we welcome you with open arms. To our corporate sponsors, we couldn’t do any of our work without your support.

Most of all, we thank all of you for coming tonight and supporting HRC’s work.

Your participation tonight will further HRC’s mission and honor those who work tirelessly for the LGBTQ+ community. Our

Photo by: Bryan Patrick Studio

voice is more powerful together than apart.

Yours in equality,

Pam Kravetz, Eric Anderson, Joshua Kayes and Jordan Young

2022 Greater Cincinnati Dinner Co-chairs


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our dinner

MARCH 19, 2022 | Duke energy CONVENTION cenTer


A WELCOME FROM

our MAYOR

Friends,

It is my honor to welcome you to HRC’s Annual

Greater Cincinnati Dinner! Because you’re here

at this incredible event, I know you understand

the importance, the excitement, and the togetherness

that comes with our shared mission.

And I humbly thank you for all you’ve done, and

will continue to do, to be a part of HRC’s work

towards equality and inclusivity. Equality for our

LGBTQ+ family, and equality for all who, for too

long, have been marginalized.

HRC is deeply ingrained in the fabric of our

community. Throughout my career, this organization

has been a constant source of advocacy, advice,

and fervent support of our shared values.

We all, together, have the good fortune and the

serious responsibility of being living, breathing

stewards of what HRC has helped achieve. The

strides we’ve made in Greater Cincinnati have

been made specifically because of the activists,

organizers, community and business leaders –

people like you in this room – who have stood

firmly on the side of progress and mutual love

and respect.

The Annual Dinner is a joyful celebration of the

sacrifices and commitments you’ve made to support,

uplift, and defend the forward progress

driven by HRC and our community. But while we

commemorate the accomplishments of the past,

we will also use tonight as an opportunity to

reaffirm, proudly, our collective commitment to

the future. As allies, as advocates, as members

of this vital team, we stand as one in our dedication

to making sure that in Greater Cincinnati

and across the globe, our LGBTQ+ friends and

neighbors are embraced by all.

I’m so grateful to share this thrilling moment

with you.

Aftab Pureval

Mayor of the City of Cincinnati


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our dinner

TONIGHT’S PROGRAM

March 19, 2022

Grand Ballroom, Duke Energy Center

6:00 PM

Welcome Reception & Silent Auction

Revolution Dance Theatre

Music by: Preston Bell Charles III

7:00 PM

Program & Dinner

Featuring

Honorable Aftab Pureval

Mayor of Cincinnati

Nik Harris

HRC Director of Strategic Outreach and Engagement

Dana Goldberg

Comedian & Live Auctioneer

Shea Diamond

Performer

Recognition of Award Recipient

Michael Cotrell, David C Crowley Leadership Award

9:30 PM

After Party in Foyer

With DJ Bobby G


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dinner Honoree

Michael Cotrell

DAVID C. CROWLEY LEADERSHIP AWARD

The annual David C. Crowley Leadership

award was established by HRC in 2010 to

honor David Crowley and his lifetime devotion

to human rights work.

David had a firm belief that all people are

equal. His many roles from CEO of The American

Association for the Homes for the Aged,

freeing the AIDS babies from Romania, Country

Director in the Peace Corp, to feet on the

ground peacekeeper in war torn Croatia and

Bosnia, to name a few, exemplified that belief.

As a Cincinnati City Council member David

worked to successfully add sexual orientation,

gender identity/expression to our City’s hate

crimes legislation. He went on to work closely

with HRC and others to help overturn Article

12, an ordinance that allowed discrimination.

Once that was removed from the City Charter

David led the effort to pass employment

non-discrimination laws and by 2014 Cincinnati

reached 100% on HRC’s MEI being the only city

in Ohio at that time that covered the cost for

transgender inclusive health care.

David passed away In January of 2011 proudly

knowing that the David C. Crowley Leadership

Award would be presented to recipients who

share his vision of Equality.

Michael Cotrell has been a leader

in Cincinnati since 2002 when he

became a part of a charity organization

called the ISQCCBE which

raises money for local charities in the

Greater Cincinnati/NKY area. In the

30 years since their inception they

have raised almost 1.5 million dollars

- dollar by dollar.

Being a part of the organization has

helped him network with other organizations

such as Caracole, GLSEN

and PFLAG. Michael has been the

president for PFLAG of Cincinnati (10

years), BOD for ISQCCBE in various

capacities such as president, vice

president, and Secretary, He also

was twice co-fundraising chair for

the organization. He led Cincinnati

Pride for ten years and is currently

the co-festival chair. He also was

an integral a part of the Out of the

Darkness Walk for the past few years

and is currently the Walk Chair.

Michael has helped with various organizational

functions to raise funds

such as the Caracole 5K Walk/Run,

Suicide is a Drag for the American

Foundation for Suicide Prevention,

GLSEN Prom, the scholarship fund for

PFLAG Cincinnati and have been a

part of yearly fundraiser for Planned

Parenthood Southwest Ohio.

He has also participated in a number

of various fundraisers for Outreels

Cincinnati, Tri-State Leather,

The CAT Adoption Team, and local

LGBT sports teams. Michael recently

retired after 11 years of performing

shows at Below Zero as Brooklyn

Steele-Tate.


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DINNER TABLE CAPTAINS

Colin Altman & Treavor Bogard

Eric Anderson & Chase Rickey

Jerry Bailey

Andrew Bare

Chris Bolling & Stephen Peterson

Sheriff Chamaine McGuffey

Rick Chizmadia & Richard Hobson

Richard Cooke

Jeanetta Darno

Council Dawson

Commissioner Denise Driehaus

Karen Aerts Harmon & Jon Harmon

Justin Hucke

Joshua Kayes

Elizabeth & Rick Kennedy

Manisha Kotian

Pam Kravetz & Craig Davis

Karen & Kim Morgan

Kathy Nardiello

David Paredes

Lisa Phair

Mayor Aftab Pureval & Dr. Whitney Whitis

Josh Trester

Vincenzo Volpe

Aaron Weiner

Julia Wesselkamper

Jordan Young

CURRENT GREATER CINCINNATI HRC LEADERSHIP

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Andrew Bare

Rick Chizmadia

Troy Henson

Elizabeth Kennedy

Chase Rickey

Jordan Young

BOARD OF DIRECTOR

Karen Morgan


GREATER CINCINNATI

YOUR 2022 HRC DINNER COMMITTEE

Co-Chairs

Eric Anderson

Pam Kravetz

Joshua Kayes

Jordan Young

Corporate Sponsorship

Mary McFarland - Chair

Karen Morgan- Chair

Andrew Bare

Graphic Design

Andy Keene

Becca Birckhead

Advertising/Social Media

Dylan Volpe - Chair

Program Book Layout &

Advertising

Rick Chizmadia - Chair

Jordan Young

Ticketing

Eric Anderson - Chair

Silent Auction

Joshua Kayes - Chair

Andrew Bare

Rick Chizmadia

Alex Davis

Elizabeth Kennedy

Jennifer Mckettrick

Karen Morgan

Rachel Cox

Terry Payne

Chase Rickey

Macay Smith

Jordan Young

Pam Kravetz

Eric Anderson

Mary McFarland

Table Captains

Karen Aerts Harmon - Chair

Kathy Nardiello - Chair

Theme/Mood/After Party

Pam Kravetz - Chair

Ford Clark

James Reynolds

Dinner Photographer

Michael Gilbert

Volunteers

Shannon Bannerman - Chair

Creative Team

Becca Birkhead

Carla Lamb

Jessica Hemmer

Rick Chizmadia

Ford Thomas

Co-Chair Emeritus

Rick Chizmadia


WHAT WE DO

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working for

lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality. Since 1980, we have been fighting for a

better future for LGBTQ+ Americans. We are now working tirelessly to pass the Equality Act, which

will soon head to the U.S. Senate for consideration, fight back against a multitude of anti-LGBTQ+

legis-lation in states nationwide and ensure everyone in our community is treated with dignity and

respect. While our opponents are emboldened and on the attack, the Human Rights Campaign and

our grass-roots army of more than 3.2 million members and supporters are energetically defending the

rights we’ve gained and ramping up our fight for full equality across the board.

ANTI-EQUALITY LEADERS AND LEGISLATION

The alarming spate of anti-LGBTQ+ bills introduced across the

country in 2020 has continued to surge in 2021. These include bills

that would prohibit transgender youth from receiving genderaffirming

care and bills that would prohibit transgender youth from

participating in sports. This wave of anti-transgender legislation

harkens back to the surge of anti-transgender bathroom bills that hit

state legislatures in 2016, including North Carolina’s HB2. We

remain committed to aggressively fighting these threats to equality by

those who seek to undermine our rights. HRC will do whatever it

takes to protect the rights and fundamental equality of every

LGBTQ+ person in this country.

BUILDING AND DEMONSTRATING

POLITICAL POWER

HRC’s decades-long work to build political power has uniquely

positioned us to reach LGBTQ+ and ally voters who prioritize

equality on the ballot, also known as Equality Voters. HRC has

identified 57 million Equality Voters nationwide who, if they turn out

to vote, will support pro-equality candidates. HRC’s early and

sustained year-round engagement in battleground states like Arizona,

Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin bolstered

historic turnout in 2018 and 2020 producing pro-equality outcomes

at every level of government. In 2019, HRC’s mobilization of Equality

Voters in Virginia, where lawmakers had repeatedly blocked proequality

bills over many years, produced groundbreaking progress for

LGBTQ+ Americans in the South. These victories led to the Virginia

Values Act becoming law, making Virginia the first state in the South

to advance statewide nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+

people.

ADVANCING EQUALITY IN OUR DAILY LIVES

The HRC Foundation improves the lives LGBTQ+ people by building

understanding and shaping the public debate of LGBTQ+ people

and the challenges they face through innovative research and public

education campaigns. We also change the policies and practices in

the institutions that shape our everyday lives (hospitals, schools,

workplaces, and more) and empower strategic partners, community

advocates, and allies through convenings and capacity-building.

Guided by these theories of change and seeking to prioritize work

impacting those who are multiply marginalized, we have 11 cuttingedge

programs advancing equality in the U.S. and beyond.

All Children - All Families is the only national program

dedicated to LGBTQ+ inclusion in child welfare (foster care and

adoption agencies) that provides resource development, technical

assistance and training.

Public Education & Research produces written resources

and conducts original quantitative and qualitative research exploring

the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ people.

Global Partnerships provides capacity-building and

leadership development opportunities to LGBTQ+ advocates from

around the world to strengthen movements and advance global

LGBTQ+ equality.

HBCU Program is the only national project that partners with

Historically Black Colleges and Universities on establishing an

LGBTQ+-inclusive campus climate.

Health & Aging provides resources and training to help

thousands of healthcare facilities adopt inclusive policies and

practices to better serve LGBTQ+ patients and employees.

HIV & Health Equity develops public education and capacitybuilding

programs to address the disproportionate impact of HIV on

Black and Latinx communities.

Religion & Faith provides faith leaders with opportunities

and tools to stand up for equality even as opponents attempt to

weaponize faith against LGBTQ+ people.

Transgender Justice Initiative leads economic

empowerment programs, capacity-building initiatives, community

engagement efforts, and public safety education campaigns that

combat the discrimination faced by transgender people.

Welcoming Schools is the only bias-based bullying

prevention program in the nation to provide LGBTQ+-specific

training and resources with an intersectional lens, developed for use

in elementary schools.

Workplace Equality advances equality for LGBTQ+ workers

through the adoption and implementation of inclusive policies,

practices, and benefits in the U.S. and beyond.

Youth Well-Being provides professional development to over

5,000 youth-serving professionals annually, through the annual

Time to THRIVE conference, webinars, participation at major

national convenings, and by amplifying the stories of HRC Youth

Ambassadors. The program also convenes HRC’s Parents for

Transgender Equality Council.

Updated 10-26-2021


GREATER CINCINNATI

ON STAGE ENTERTAINMENT

SHEA DIAMOND - ENTERTAINER

The struggle looks different for different people. But this music is for everyone.” So testifies Shea Diamond, who, with a gritty mix of

sounds that digs into everything from R&B, rock and hip-hop to blues, folk and gospel, makes music that speaks to the universal

experience while sharing from her very personal one.

Shea (pronounced she-uh) has always had to fight to live her truth. Indeed, she has fought to live her very she-ness. As a black

transgender woman, that’s just what she does every time she walks out into the world--representing herself and amplifying the

voices and experiences of her community. But now after all of her struggle, this game-changing new singer-songwriter is living

her dream with Seen It All, her soulful and soul-baring debut EP (Asylum Records) that was executive-produced by hit songwriter

Justin Tranter.

On Seen It All, Shea bravely tells her truth to a world that hasn’t always wanted to really see her. “I’m the flame that you can’t unsee,”

she announces with unapologetic honesty on the haunting opener “American Pie.”

The guitar-greased centerpiece of Seen It All is “I Am Her,” an empowering trans anthem on which Shea defiantly belts, “Never

asked for no one’s philosophy/It’s obvious I’m proud of me.” “It is a compilation of my life experiences,” she explains. “It speaks on

the rejection from religion, the rejection from family, and having to be all right by yourself, you know what I mean? After the world

has shunned you and said, ‘Look, we don’t want you,’ you have to want yourself. I contemplated suicide several times as a youth

because nobody wanted me.”

Shea—who was born in Little Rock, Arkansas before moving to Memphis and then Flint, Michigan as a child—says that “as early as I can remember, I always

identified as being a girl. It was hard work to pretend to be a gender that you’re not. I should have gotten an Oscar, really. I had so much pressure on me as

child to be masculine. Even when I was the choir director for our church, my mother would still whisper in my ear that I was singing too high. Growing up trans

takes a lot of guts.”

Shea was unable to cope with the pressures at home and ran away at 14. Entering the foster care system as a ward of the state, she eventually became

emancipated at 17. Then in 1999, desperate to get money for sex reassignment surgery, she committed armed robbery and consequently served about 10 years

in the men’s prison system, getting shuffled around “because I was too feminine.” During her incarceration, though, she found her voice as an artist, singing

and writing songs like “I Am Her.” Shea’s fellow inmates even became fans: “The guys used to be singing ‘I Am Her.’”

After being released in November 2009, Shea moved to New York City and was introduced to the trans activism world. It was her a cappella performance of

“I Am Her” at a Black Trans Lives Matter event that caught the attention of Justin Tranter, the former leader singer of Semi Precious Weapons who is now a

sought-after songwriter for artists like Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber and Gwen Stefani.

Shea immediately impressed Tranter with her talent. “Not only does this woman have a very beautiful, powerful story to tell, she can back it up as a musician.

Vocally, her tone is magical; it’s so rich and so beautiful. Every time she opens her mouth to sing, you believe every word. And in terms of songwriting, she’s a

real storyteller.”

DANA GOLDBERG

COMEDIAN-

LIVE AUCTIONEER

As seen on TBS, ABC, LOGO, and Last

Comic Standing, veteran comedian Dana

Goldberg is a force of nature on stage.

With performances at the San Francisco

International Comedy Competition, The

Comedy Festival produced by TBS and

HBO, and the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh,

Scotland; her quick wit and playful stage

presence have her earning loyal fans

across the country and abroad.

A crowd favorite, Goldberg has become

a triple threat combining her comedy,

hosting, and live auction talents to

become one of the most sought after entertainers

on the circuit. Voted one of the

“Top Five Funniest Lesbians In America,”

Curve magazine raves, “Goldberg is one

of the brightest lights in a stellar comedy

landscape.” Advocate.com named Goldberg

one of the top three LGBT comedians

in the nation.

In addition to headlining clubs, theaters

and festivals around the country, Goldberg

has performed at and emceed

dozens of high profile events and has

shared the national stage with luminaries

such as President Barack Obama, Vice

President Joe Biden, former President Bill

Clinton, Meryl Streep, Katy Perry, Kerry

Washington, Jennifer Lopez, Carol Burnett,

Sir Elton John, Mariah Carey, Shonda

Rhimes, and many more.

Combining her gift of humor with humanitarian

efforts, Goldberg has raised

over 20 million dollars for non-profits

around the country in the fight for

marriage equality, LGBT rights, women’s

health, and HIV and AIDS education and

prevention. As the youngest child in a

single parent household run by a Jewish

mother in which two of three kids are gay,

Goldberg helps keep most of the comedy

venues and half of the psychotherapists

in the country in business.

For more information on Dana Goldberg

visit www.danagoldberg.com


Transgender and non-binary people are your neighbors, co-workers, family members and friends. And when you or your

friends and family are the targets of hate, violence and discrimination, you act.

The Human Rights Campaign is actively working to advocate for the rights and lives of the transgender and non-binary

community–but we all must do more–can we count you in?

As LGBTQ+ people and allies, we have a responsibility to fight for EVERYONE in our movement. Now is the time to

get loud, get visible, and spread awareness on behalf of transgender and non-binary people. So please take the

actions below–but don’t stop there.

The more people who show they care, including allies and trans and non-binary people who speak up for

the most marginalized in our community, the more hearts and minds we will change.

Sign the Pledge and

Impact Change

The first step in voicing your support for the

trans and non-binary community is to sign your

name to the Count Me In pledge. By taking

this action, you’re sending a message that you

vow to go out of your way to raise awareness

and uplift the lives of our trans and non-binary

friends and family.

Count Me In

Contact State Legislators

State legislatures are attacking

LGBTQ+ folks, particularly trans

people, left and right. Show antiequality

legislators that we won’t

tolerate any more bullying and

discrimination.

Speak Out

Request and Show Off Your

Sticker

Display your special edition HRC

sticker on your car, laptop, water

bottle — no matter where you put it,

you’ll be saying you support our trans

community.

Request A Sticker

Spread the Word On Social

Media

Post these image shares on your

social media channels and update

your profile photos and let your

networks know you believe in a more

just and equitable world for trans

folks — full stop.

Download Now

Provide Inclusive Books

to an At-Need Library

Your contribution will provide

a set of three books to a

Title 1 school or community

library serving multiply

marginalized populations

across the country.

Donate Now

Share a Voice Message

of Support

State legislatures are

targeting trans kids. Text

HEART to 472-472 to share

a public message of support

for trans youth and show

you’re fighting for them.

(Msg&dataratesmayapply.

Recurring msgs.

TxtSTOP2quit. HELP4info.)

Let Kids Play

Rebekah is a 14-year-old girl

who loves school, reading,

hanging out with her friends

and playing field hockey.

But lawmakers across the

country are trying to pass

laws that would prohibit

Rebekah from playing sports

with other girls.

Meet Rebekah

Wear Your Support

From T-shirts to pins to socks

to masks, you can show

off your support for trans

equality no matter where you

are, who you’re with or what

you’re doing.

Visit HRC.org/Shop

Transgender Justice

eNewsletter

Stay up to date on our

Transgender Justice Initiative

and what we’re doing to

dismantle stigma and end

the epidemic of violence

against trans and gender

non-conforming people.

Subscribe Now

Can we count you in? www.hrc.org/CountMeIn


GREATER CINCINNATI

2022 GREATER CINCINNATI HRC STEERING COMMITTEE

Steering Committee Co-Chairs

Joshua Kayes

Jordan Young

Community Engagement/PACE

David Orban Co-Chair

Joshua Kayes Co-Chair

Vincenzo Volpe Co-Chair

Membership Outreach

Monica Choudury Co-Chair

Federal Club

Chase Rickey Co-Chair

Coilin Altman Co-Chair

RIck Chizmadia

Elizabeth Kennedy

Federal Club Council

Karen Morgan Co-Chair

Rick Ross Co-Chair

Rick Chizmadia

Marketing

Dylan Vorpe Co-Chair

Nathan Beck

Shannon Paul

Dinner Co-Chairs

Eric Anderson

Pam Kravitz

Joshua Kayes

Jordan Young

Workplace Equality

Mary McFarland Co-Chair

Lauren Duncan Co-Chair

Jeffrey Baker

Andrew Bare

Barrett Evans

Karen Morgan

Thomas Pizer

Matthew VanWinkle

Lawren Watson

Board of Directors

Karen Morgan

Board of Governors

Andrew Bare

Rick Chizmadia

Troy Henson

Elizabeth Kennedy

Chase Rickey

Jordan Young

Members at Large

Pam Kravetz

Aaron Weiner

Diversity Equity and Inclusion

Jordon Young

Volunteer Engagement

Andrew Bare Co-Chair


HRC in ACTION

The most impactful way to support HRC is through a monthly

gift, because you will help fuel HRC’s fight for FULL equality

all year long.

Your ongoing monthly support will provide critical resources to fight

back against anti-LGBTQ+ bills, expand and protect our pro-equality

Congress in 2022, invest more deeply in our grassroots efforts with

strategic organizing in key districts, keep pressure to pass the Equality

Act in the U.S. Senate and continue to show up and fight for the

multiply marginalized in our community and country.

Thank you for supporting HRC and for staying with us in the

fight. Together, we are an unstoppable force for change!

Join Now


GREATER CINCINNATI

FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT

DJ BOBBY G After Party/Dance

Revolution Dance Theatre, Cincinnati’s ONLY African

American Dance company in residence at the prestigious

Aronoff Center for the Arts, is a non profit organization

dedicated to building cultural diversity in

the world of dance. Intent on inclusion in ballet, RDT

is committed to work that raises the level of access,

visibility and representation of American Americans in

dance. The company presents a full concert season at

the Aronoff Center, brings Master teachers and workshops

to Cincinnati and partners with BLOC Ministries

and bring FREE dance education to the Lower Price Hill

Community.

Preston Bell Charles III

Silent Auction

Entertaiment

I grew up in Cincinnati, I have played the violin my entire

life did the whole orchestra in high school. After getting fed

up with classical all the time I decided to break into genres

that are not really aimed toward the violin/ fiddle to create

a fusion of spiritual and energetic sound. I love to Jam, I

can read and write music. Currently working on a couple

of bluegrass, dance hall, trans, reggae, and pop projects,

looking for more ventures.


GREATER CINCINNATI

GREATER CINCINNATI HRC EMERITUS LEADERSHIP ALUMNI

GOVERNORS EMERITUS

Karen Aronoff Bader

Nicholas Ball

Frank Caliguri

Jeff Caywood

Jon Groppe

Ron Hirth

Michael Moore

Natalie MacDonald

Ryan Messer

Steve Newsome

Cathy Sarky

Kristin Shrimplin

Eddie Wagner

Aaron Weiner

Andrew Winters

GALA CO-CHAIR EMERITUS

(in order of service)

Ryan Messer

Chad Nielson

Cathy Sarky

Mark Wilson

Julia Wesselkamper

Scott Farmer

Karen Morgan

Aaron Weiner

Rick Chizmadia

Karen Aerts Harmon

Richard Cooke

Aftab Pureval

GREATER CINCINNATI HRC PAST AWARDEES

2008

Scott Knox, HRC Leadership Award

2009

Karen Aronoff, HRC Leadership Award

Jeff Caywood, HRC Leadership Award

2010

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, A Johnson and Johnson

Company, Corporate Equality Award

Macy’s Inc. Corporate Equality Award

2011

P & G Corporate Equality Award

Joseph Rigotti, David C. Crowley Leadership Award

2012

Lexis Nexis, Corporate Equality Award

Brown-Forman, Corporate Equality Award

Caracole, David C. Crowley Leadership Award

2013

Thompson Hine, Corporate Equality Award

M. Freeman Durham, David C. Crowley Leadership

Award

GE Avaiation’s GLBTA Alliance, LGBT Affinity Group of

the Year Award

2014

Humana, Corporate Equality Award

Cincinnati Public Schools, David C. Crowley

Leadership Award

P & G Gable, LGBT Affinity Group of the Year Award

Paula Ison, Community Leadership Award

2015

Frost, Brown Todd, Corporate Equality Award

Kroger, LGBT Affinity Group of the Year Award

Chris Seelbach, David C. Crowley Leadership Award

2016

General Electric, Corporate Equality Award

Fifth Third Bank, Corporate Equality Award

Lighthouse Youth Services, David C. Crowley

Leadership Award

2017

Convergys, Corporate Equality Award

Gerhardstein & Branch CO. LPA, David C Crowley

Leadership Award.

2018

Children’s Hospital Transgender Clinic, Corporate

Equality Award

Scott E. Knox, David C. Crowley Leadership Award

Hal Sparks, HRC Ally for Equality Award

2019

U.S. Bank Spectrum, LGBTQ Affinity Award

Michael Chanak, David C. Crowley Leadership Award

Nathan Lee, HRC Ally for Equality Award

2020

Kroger, LGBTQ Affinity Award

Cheryl Eagleston, David C. Crowley Leadership Award

Aneesh Sheth, HRC Visibility Award


FEDERAL CLUB AND

FEDERAL CLUB COUNCIL

INVESTING IN LGBTQ EQUALITY

Welcome to the Greater Cincinnati

Dinner! Think about why you’re here.

Are you here on a corporate ticket?

Do you have a friend on the Gala or

Steering Committee? Have you been

involved for years or is this your first

HRC event? Whatever the reason,

we’re glad you’re here -- with us

-- because our work is so important

and there’s never been a more urgent

time to step up.

The Federal Club is a very important,

long-term giving program that starts

at a minimum of $100 a month. If you

are not a Federal Club member, we

are asking you to become a member

now! By joining the Federal Club, you

are joining the ranks of LGBTQ equality

leaders as a driving force at the

heart of our movement.

If you can afford a larger investment

in this work, we encourage you to

consider becoming a Federal Club

Council member. The Federal Club

Council is comprised of donors making

annual gifts starting at $5,000.

Federal Club Council members (also

known as HRC’s major donors) have

the option of designating their gifts

to the Human Rights Campaign

Foundation. As the HRC Foundation

is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity, gifts to

the Foundation are tax-deductible to

the full extent of the law.

Your investment in equality could not

come at a more critical time in our

fight for full equality for everyone, everywhere.

Radical anti-LGBTQ forces

in the White House, Congress and in

state houses across the country are

determined to undo the progress

we’ve made.

At the federal and state level, your

support will help to fight multiple

efforts to legalize discrimination

against our community. Some of

these efforts seek to not only legalize

discrimination, but also to force

states to embrace harmful “conversion

therapy”; to invalidate local

non-discrimination ordinances that

protect LGBTQ people; and to punish

transgender people for simply using

the restroom.

To members of our families, our

friends and allies – we ask you to join

us tonight in expanding and diversifying

our membership. There will

never be a better time to join us than

right now.

You can join us by using the Federal

Club pledge cards provided on your

table, or contacting us at FedClub@

hrc.org, or using our convenient secure

online site to become a Federal

Club member at www.hrc.org/FCJoin.

To our current dedicated Federal

Club and Federal Club Council members

– THANK YOU for your generous

support! Our progress toward LGTBQ

equality would not be where it is

today without the long-term, generous

support from our Federal Club

members. We hope you will consider

increasing your generous monthly

contribution this evening to help us

fight the battles that are coming our

way.

FEDERAL CLUB COUNCIL

President’s Council

$100,000-$249,999 Annual Gift

Speaker’s Council

$50,000-$99,999 Annual Gift

Ambassador’s Council

$25,000-$49,999 Annual Gift

Capitol Council

$15,000-$24,999 Annual Gift

Senate Council

$10,000-$14,999 Annual Gift

House Council

$5,000-$9,999 Annual Gift

FEDERAL CLUB

Congressional Circle Plus

$2,400-$4,999 Annual Gift

Congressional Circle

$1,200-$2,399 Annual Gift


GIVE THE GIFT OF EQUALITY

This year, celebrate your loved ones, holidays or other special occasions by giving

the gift of equality! Gift a membership to the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ civil rights

organization, host a fundraiser to benefit our work, sign up for our wedding registry

or donate in someone’s memory! Each donation includes an HRC membership and

furthers the fight for full LGBTQ+ equality.

GOAL

HOST A FUNDRAISER

FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY,

GRADUATION, PRIDE

OR MORE...

HRC

MEMBER

GIVE A MEMBERSHIP

FOR HOLIDAYS &

SPECIAL OCCASIONS

DONATE YOUR

WEDDING REGISTRY

FLY A FLAG

DONATE IN HONOR OR

MEMORY OF SOMEONE

GIVE THE GIFT OF

EQUALITY TODAY

hrc.im/WaysToGive

Celebrating a special occasion and

looking to further LGBTQ+ equality?

Join our over 3 million supporters today

by giving the gift of membership, hosting

a fundraiser, donating your wedding registry

to HRC and more!


LOCAL CORPORATE PARTNERS

PLATINUM

LOCAL

PARTNERS

GE

P&G

GE

P & G

PLATINUM


Creating tomorrow

together

GE is proud to sponsor the

Human Rights Campaign

Greater Cincinnati’s Gala.

ge.com/diversity


OV

For 30 years, P&G has proudly stood

for LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion.

We aspire to create a world where

respect and inclusion are the

cornerstones of our culture; where

equal access and opportunity to learn,

grow, succeed and thrive are available

to everyone.

We are committed to doing

the work to make this a reality.


GOLD

KROGER

SILVER

CINCINNATI BUSINESS COURIER

DINSMORE LAW FIRM

DHL

EQUITAS HEALTH

FIFTH THIRD BANK

FROST BROWN TODD

LIVING WITH CHANGE/PURE ROMANCE

OXFORD TITLE AGENCY/COMEY/PRIMELENDING

GOLD & SILVER


What’s happening

in your business

community?

Get more than 10,000 new

industry leader contacts

and award winning

local business news.

SUBSCRIBE

TO BE IN

THE KNOW.

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Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our commitment

to equality. Learn how we’re empowering our attorneys

to accomplish more for their own professional

aspirations and for our clients.

DINSMORE & SHOHL LLP

We are a national, full-service law firm

with offices coast to coast, and proud

supporter of HRC Greater Cincinnati.

We are Healthworthy

Healthcare for the LGBTQ+ Community

Located in Walnut Hills

2805 Gilbert Ave.

Cincinnati, OH 45206

(513) 815-4475

Care for All

EquitasHealth.com


Join

Our

Team

The Greater Cincinnati HRC Steering Committee

is looking for leaders to join our team.

Whether you are a new volunteer, a seasoned

supporter, or looking for new ways to

re-engage and advance our mission in the

Greater Cincinnati area we need you.

Volunteers like you across the country restored

a pro-Equality majority to the House,

and now we look to build upon that work by

passing the Equality Act. In the ongoing fight

for full LGBTQ equality, we have our eyes on

2022 — knowing the wind is now at our

back. We cannot afford to lose our momentum!

There is still much work to be done and

we count on the support of volunteers like

you to propel us forward — into 2022 and

beyond!

Learn more at https://cincinnati.hrc.org/

GREATER CINCINNATI


TRANSGENDER

INCLUSION

IN THE WORKPLACE

OF THOSE RATED ON HRC FOUNDATION’S

2021 CEI…

94%

600+ transition

99%

49% of CEI-rated employers

allow employees the option to selfidentify

as LGBTQ+ in anonymous

employee engagement surveys or as

part of data collection on confidential

employee forms or in the HRIS system.

of CEI-rated

employers

explicitly include

gender identity as a part of

their non-discrimination policy.

OF FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES

have non-discrimination protections

that include gender identity,

UP FROM 3% IN 2002.

major employers

have adopted

workplace gender

guidelines.

Over its 19-year

history, the Human

Rights Campaign

Foundation’s

Corporate

Equality Index

has been the

driving force for

the adoption

of equitable

workplace

policies, practices

and benefits for lesbian, gay, bisexual,

transgender and queer people in the United

States and beyond. Participating companies

know that building an LGBTQ+-inclusive

workplace is not just the right thing to do, it is

also the best business decision and allows

companies to attract, retain and engage

top talent. Their commitment to building

inclusion has only strengthened over the

past year, with a record-breaking number of

corporations achieving top marks.

91%

of all CEI-rated

businesses offer

transgenderinclusive

health insurance

coverage, up from 0 in 2002 and

22 times as many businesses as

12 years ago.

87%

of all CEI-rated

businesses offer transgender-inclusive

health insurance coverage while also

eliminating blanket exclusions for

medically necessary care in all other

employer-sponsored plans.


We envision a community where

transgender youth are valued,

thriving, and fully integrated as

equitable members.

We partner with Cincy Children’s

to ensure trans youth and their

families are getting proper medical

care at the Living With Change

Center. We also offer financial

support for transgender Ohioans

who are engaged in the legal name

change process.

Proud Supporter


BONDS BUILD A

BETTER COMMUNITY.

A strong community creates a bond between

us all. It fosters friendship, respect, and wellbeing.

And most importantly, we accomplish

more together. That’s why we’re proud to

sponsor the HRC Greater Cincinnati Dinner.

Fifth Third Bank, National Association. Member FDIC.


PROUD SPONSOR

HUMAN RIGHTS

CAMPAIGN

LIVE,

VIRTUAL

OR BOTH

We’ll help you decide.

We all face exciting new

communication challenges: how

to celebrate the return to in-person

events and continue to benefit

from virtual experiences.

Our teams of live event and

broadcast professionals can

help you reimagine audience

engagement strategies for

the best of both worlds.

Visit millsjames.com to

learn more.


LOCAL CORPORATE PARTNERS

BRONZE

LOCAL

PARTNERS

BRONZE

CINCINNATI BELL

CINCINNATI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

COLDWELL BANKER WEST SHELL

DINSMORE LAW FIRM

FIFTH THIRD BANK

GO DUTCH

CINCINNATI CHILDRENS HUNTINGTON HOSPITAL

BANK

COLDWELL BANKER REALTY

EXP REALTY

PAYCOR

PLANNED PARENTHOOD

SYNCHRONY BANK

TURNER CONSTRUCTION

BRONZE


For the 7th year in a row, Turner has

been named a Best Place to Work by

the Human Rights Campaign.

Turner continues to

strive for greater equity

and inclusion within

and beyond the

built environment.

We are proud to

support The Human

Rights Campaign of

Greater Cincinnati

Proud to

support

the

Human

Rights

Campaign.


Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio proudly

stands with The Human Rights Campaign

togetherwe

build even

stronger

outcomes

At Synchrony, diversity and inclusion

are at the very core of who we are.

synchrony.com/diversity

Equality Lives Here

Cincinnati Children’s is

a proud sponsor of the

Human Rights

Campaign

Coldwell Banker Realty is

proud to support the Human

Rights Campaign.

©2022 Coldwell Banker. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker and the Coldwell Banker logos

are trademarks of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. The Coldwell Banker® System is

comprised of company owned offices which are owned by a subsidiary of Realogy Brokerage

Group LLC and franchised offices which are independently owned and operated. The

Coldwell Banker System fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal

Opportunity Act.


LOCAL CORPORATE PARTNERS

ADVERTISING

LOCAL

PARTNERS

ADAM RIDDLE HOUSE

CHIP JONES

CINCINNATI MEN’S CHORUS

CINCINNATI POPS AND SYMPHONY

CORPORATE PRINTING

EQUALITY ACADEMY

GAYCATIONLAND.COM

JOSEPH GMC BUICK

HAMILTON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC

JUDICIAL CANDIDATES

HUGHES SPARKS

HYDE PARK MEATS

MAPLE KNOLL

MT LOOKOUT CHIROPRACTIC

PAYCOR

STUDIO 900

SCOTT KNOX, ESQ

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI

MAPLE KNOLL

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI

PRO KIDS

MERCEDES BENZ

COLDWELL BANKER - MEGAN STACEY GROUP

CINCINNATI MEN’S CHORUS


Retire with Pride

at Maple

Knoll

Village

Proud supporter of the

Human Rights Campaign

next lives here


Pleased to support an

empowering evening of storytelling

and advocacy

12 th Annual

Greater Cincinnati Dinner

Julia Wesselkamper

GLOBAL LUXURY SPECIALIST

Partnered with The Megan Stacey Group


APRIL 2&3

FINNEYTOWN HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM

SPONSORED BY

In this compelling, surprising and above all upbeat show, CMC celebrates the

wisdom of those who’ve survived and thrived, pays tribute to those we’ve lost,

and shows how the very latest science can lead us into a sex-positive future.

Important: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test within 48 hours of

event required for entry. In addition, we are requiring all volunteers, patrons

and member to wear masks before, during and after our concert.

CINCINNATIMENSCHORUS.ORG



Equality drives innovation

Equality is a powerful multiplier of innovation and growth.

It inspires creativity and a sense of belonging. At Accenture

we’re committed to championing a culture of equality where

our people are empowered to be their best, professionally and

personally. Because as equals, anything is possible.

Learn more at Accenture.com/equality


powered by

photos by Rachael Jones (www.rachaelajones.com)


Along life’s journey,

let’s travel together.

American Airlines is a longstanding partner of the Human Rights Campaign.

American is a proud advocate for LGBTQ rights in the Twin Cities and beyond.

American Airlines and the Flight Symbol logo are marks of American Airlines, Inc.

© 2021 American Airlines, Inc. All rights reserved.


Everybody.

At Apple, we’re committed to using our voice to

advocate for LGBTQ+ people and the freedoms they

deserve. Because we believe everybody should

have the right to be free from discrimination.

We proudly support the Human Rights Campaign

and stand with you to build a better future.

© 2021 Apple Inc. All rights reserved.


IS

IS

PROUDLY SUPPORTS THE HRC


Cocktails in every color for every identity.

It’s time to COLOR THE FUTURE.

Join Smirnoff in support for the

LGBTQIA+ community, and toast

to a more colorful and inclusive

future for all!

PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY.

SMIRNOFF NO. 21 VODKA. DISTILLED FROM GRAIN. 40% ALC/VOL. THE SMIRNOFF CO., NEW YORK, NY


THANK YOU

THE HUMAN RIGHTS

CAMPAIGN FOUNDATION

salutes our Foundation Partners

with our heartfelt thanks.

Airbnb

Anonymous

AT&T

Black Tie Dinner, Inc.

Carlson Family Foundation

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Collingwood Foundation

Danaher Foundation

David Bohnett Foundation

E. Rhodes and Leona B.

Carpenter Foundation

Electronic Arts

ESPN

Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Google

Gucci America

Guidewire

IKEA

Kors Le Pere Foundation, The

Levi Strauss & Co.

Match.com

MetLife Foundation

Morningstar Foundation, The

National Education Association

Open Society Foundations

Pfizer

PhRMA

PVH

Rockefeller Foundation

Russell Grinnell Memorial Trust

SiriusXM

S&P Foundation

State Farm

T-Mobile

Toyota

UPS Foundation

USAA

U.S. Bank

Vanguard Group Foundation

Verizon

ViiV Healthcare

Walt Disney Company, The

WarnerMedia

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation works to ensure that all

Americans have the opportunity to care for their families, earn a living and

live open, honest and safe lives at home, at work and in the community.

The HRC Foundation is a non-profit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

For more information about our work, visit www.hrc.org/Foundation

Current as of February 10, 2022.


Proud supporter of the LGBTQ+ community.

Whether you’re struggling in the closet, or marching in the streets, your experience matters.

Google is proud to join HRC in amplifying the voices of all LGBTQ+ people.

Visit: pride.google



©2019 LYFT, INC. CPUC IC NO. TCP0032513-P

Lyft supports safer spaces,

and all the humans who

inhabit them.

That’s


Celebrating

Pride+Joy

every day

We stand with the Human Rights Campaign in our

commitment to respect, equality & inclusion for all.

These values continue to guide us in everything we

do—now more than ever as Platinum National Partners.


We must do

the work.

Real progress on diversity and

inclusion doesn't happen

without real work.

Our determination to drive

sustainable change, grounds

us in the ways we can make

the systemic shifts necessary

to create a more inclusive

industry for all.

Microsoft continues to be a

proud sponsor of the Human

Rights Campaign.


THE COMFORT OF BEING YOU

Custom designed for you, with you. Collaborate with one of our designers and we’ll build

your dream furniture by hand in our North Carolina factory. Start today and work with us in

stores, online, in-home or by virtual appointment. mgbwhome.com/design-services.html


Morgan Stanley is a Proud National

Corporate Partner of the

Human Rights

Campaign

At Morgan Stanley, a diverse, dynamic

and inclusive culture underlies the success

of our company. It widens our perspective,

helps our employees achieve their

professional objectives and allows us to

better serve our clients. Our commitment

to diversity and inclusion also garners

accolades that consistently recognize

Morgan Stanley amongst the top places

to work for minorities, women, the

LGBT community and diversity overall.

To learn about career

opportunities and to apply

visit morganstanley.com/people

© 2020 Morgan Stanley


On

your

side

Through our shared values with the Human Rights Campaign and

a long-standing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion,

Nationwide® continues to advocate for LGBTQ equality.

Together, we can create change for a better world.

nationwide.com/diversity

Nationwide, the Nationwide N and Eagle and Nationwide is on your

side are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.

© 2021 Nationwide CPR-1190AO (08/21)


We believe that creating a team and a workplace that values diversity, embraces

equity and fosters inclusion is pivotal to promoting innovation and increasing productivity

and profitability.

Our goal is to continually support and nurture the large number of Northrop Grumman

employees whose backgrounds, characteristics and perspectives are as diverse

as the global communities in which we reside. Diversity is a key component at

Northrop Grumman. We are proud to be a sponsor of the Human Rights Campaign.

ngc.com /diversity


We all bring our own

backgrounds and

our own strength.

That’s what makes

our work special.

Be a part of it.

We are proud to support the mission

of The Human Rights Campaign.

pfizercareers.com


Pride is is power

When

When

people

people

can

can

be

be

themselves,

themselves,

they

they

can

can

do

do

anything.

anything.

That’s

That’s

why

why

we

we

provide provide an an environment environment where where everyone everyone feels feels safe, safe, included included and and proud proud

—and —and why why we we support support the the Human Human Rights Rights Campaign. Campaign.

RTX.com/diversity

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© 2021

© 2021

Raytheon

Raytheon

Technologies

Technologies

Corporation.

Corporation.

All

All

rights

rights

reserved.

reserved.


Target is proud to sponsor HRC in continuing

our shared mission of creating accessible and

affirming spaces for the LGBTQIA+ community.

Together, we #takepride


Underwriting Equality Through Action:

• Signing amici curiae in support of LGBTQ+ rights for workers

• Partnering with HRC to share stories, experiences, and resources

• Maintaining top scores on the Corporate Equality Index,

the HRC Foundation’s annual scorecard assessing LGBTQ+

workplace equality, for the third year in a row

• Providing financial support to organizations promoting

equality, including the National Black Justice Coalition and the

Transgender Law Center

• Promoting diversity across our own ecosystem through a

dedicated effort to increase gender representation on our

portfolio companies’ boards

• Creating an inclusive environment through signage in our

offices that encourages employees and guests to use the

restroom that bests fits their gender expression


stand out,

stand proud

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN

Nordstrom is proud to partner with the

Human Rights Campaign in our celebration of the

LGBTQIA+ community and commitment to securing

equal rights for all. Whoever you are and whomever you love,

we see you, we support you and we stand with you.


NIKE, INC. IS PROUD TO BE THE RECIPIENT OF A 100% SCORE OF THE HUMAN

CORPORATE EQUALITY INDEX 9 CONSECUTIVE YEARS, INCLUDING 2021.


Be Brilliant. Together.

Inclusive cultures can embrace individuality and give voice to a

broad range of perspectives. Because nothing outshines authenticity.

See with diversity, equity and inclusion powers deloitte.com/us/inclusion


OUR DIFFERENCES.

OUR STRENGTH.

FOCUSED ON WHAT MATTERS.

At MGM Resorts International, we know the importance of respecting each other’s differences.

We endeavor to embrace and leverage those differences to achieve best-in-class experiences and

cultivate stronger ties with our guests, employees, neighbors and partners. We are committed to

taking strong and principled stands on issues of equality and aim to better unify our world. This is

why our wedding chapels welcome and celebrate LGBTQ+ marriages.

Learn more at MGMRESORTS.COM/FOCUSED.

2022


Can inclusive

leadership drive

market leadership?

Different perspectives belong in the

workplace. A culture of inclusion fuels

innovation, fosters collaboration and

drives positive business results.

Proud to achieve 100% on the HRCF Corporate

Equity Index each year since 2005.

#ProudToBelong #BetterWorkingWorld

© 2021 EYGM Limited. All Rights Reserved. EYG no. 002083-19Gbl. ED None


Furthering Human Progress

Through Technology

Our core purpose is to further human progress through technology, and nowhere is this

opportunity more apparent than amid the 4th Industrial Revolution. We believe humanity

is always at its best when it produces innovative technologies that advance the ways we

live and work.

In support of this purpose, our mission is to deliver amazing customer experiences with

networking, cloud and security solutions that power next-gen business applications. We

aim to democratize complex and cutting-edge technologies and deliver simple solutions,

so our customers can focus on innovation, not their IT.

Our philosophy of continuous improvement means we tirelessly pursue exceptional

outcomes for our customers, partners and team. And we do all this while boldly embracing

change with a daring spirit to excite and inspire our customers to imagine new possibilities.

Join our amazing team. Be you at Lumen.

jobs.lumen.com

Follow us:

@LumenTech


The HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN

salutes our National Partner based

in the CINCINNATI area.

THANK

YOU


OURDINNER

THANKYOU

FORSUPORTINGFOR

HUMANRIGHTSCAMPAIGN

WWW.HRC.ORG


GREATER CINCINNATI

our dinner

MARCH 19, 2022 | Duke energy CONVENTION cenTer


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