Solely judging on the name, Friendfactor (Facebook, Twitter) sounds like a new social networking site for people to get in touch with old friends, contacts, etc. This organization is something better—Friendfactor focuses on building tools that make it easier for straight friends to assist their LGBT friends to attain equal rights, quicker than even the folks at Friendfactor ever thought possible.
On May 3rd will be Friendfactor’s New York launch fundraiser which will reinforce this goal and share ideas on how to build stronger connections and ways for allies to help their friends in the LGBT community. Co-chairs and speakers include Ken Mehlman, David Mixner, Susan Reed, Josh Blumenfeld, Greg Zaffiro and former President Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton.
“At the event, we’ll be unveiling innovative new online tools that will make easier for straight people to help their gay friends win the freedom to marry in New York. The conversation at the event will include (among other things) the importance of gay friends asking straight friends for help and straight friends standing up for their gay friends’ freedoms. This will be modeled by the various guest appearances at the event,” writes Jason Bornstein, project manager of Friendfactor.
Friendfactor’s mission is to combine the power of technology and friends—straight and LGBT—to achieve full legal freedoms for gay and transgender Americans, faster.
The New York launch fund-raiser will take place in Lavo New York, 39 East 58th Street. The VIP and Host Committee Reception is 6-7pm, while the Main Event is 7-8:30pm. Tickets are $300 for the main event, $1000 for the VIP and Host Committee Reception. All funds will go to Friendfactor and will help “eliminate discrimination against your gay friends by changing laws now…funds help change hearts and minds through nonpolitical public education.” For more information on the event and Friendfactor, visit www.Friendfactor.org. For inquiries regarding event sponsorships, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Chelsea Clinton, Ken Mehlman Fundraise For New Gay Rights Social Networking Group (observer.com)
- The Long Hard Road For Transgender Rights: ‘No one has the right to take the “T” out of LGBT’ (outimpact.com)
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