Involvement in glbt causes and efforts has been a lifelong avocation for me. Below is an outline of some of my history with the most memorable organizations I have had the pleasure to work with. I am sure I have missed something, but 4 decades is a lot of time to cover.
Atlanta Pride: Sponsor and organizer of many Pride-related events
Heart Strings Foundation: Sponsor and organizer
Guide Magazine: Associate publisher and Editor-in-Chief of this Atlanta gay nightlife magazine
Ovation Magazine: Founder, Publisher and Editor of this Atlanta gay nightlife magazine
Gay Television: Worked with founders to build a VHS-video database of GLBT video segments for distribution via subscription membership
Hotlanta River Expo: Sponsor, organizer and participant. Similar to GayDays
HotSpots Atlanta: Associate Publisher and Editor-in-Chief
Elton John AIDS Foundation: Organized fundraising project with XEMEX Swiss Watch Co.
TWIT [This Week In Texas]: Contributor and featured businessman
BartenderTommy.com: Co-creator of gay database website
Atlanta Pride: Sponsor and participant
WaterMark Publishing: Tampa Bay columnist for Orlando based gay publication
Elton John AIDS Foundation: Raised over $100,000 and was invited to attend Elton John's Oscars Party in L.A.
St. Pete Pride: Involved with the initial organization of the inaugural event under the direction of Brian Longstreth, along with Carrie West and Mark Bias
SalonLGBTQ: Sponsor and participant in the first-ever LGBTQ social media conference
Tampa Pride: Board of Directors and Events Chair
Lost-N-Found Youth: Worked with Art Davenport, Art Izzard and Rick Westbrook on several fundraising events and videos for this group focused on homeless gay youth in Atlanta
Channel125.com: Producer and host of many GLBT-centric programs including Deja Gay, a retrospective show. Covered important topics such as gay marriage [with Lance Bass and Michael Turchin], entertainment [Andy Bell, ChiChi LaRue and Leslie Jordan], politics Joe Redner and [Chef Art Smith] and gay history [James Dean, Abraham Lincoln, Rock Hudson and Liberace]
thePRIDEchannel.com: Developer, producer and host of an internet TV channel featuring Pride videos. Produced dozens of segments featuring LGBT businesses and non profit organizations. Also responsible for conducting interviews with prominent individuals in the LGBT community [Jane Castor, Alexis Mateo, Carrie West, Joe Redner, Elton John]
Metro Atlanta Association of Professionals: An Atlanta-based GLBT networking organization. Featured member
Tampa Bay GLCC: Affiliate member through Channel125.com
Facebook: Created an open interactive community for the exchange of ideas and information regarding Pride. Over 1,100 members.
Twitter: Created an LGBT social media reference list to facilitate communications regarding LGBT topics and events.
Current Project: At present I am working with members of GLSEN [the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network] and PFLAG [Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians & Gays] to establish a Tampa-based non-profit to serve the needs of the homeless gay youth population. Our intention is to fashion this after organizations like Atlanta's Lost-n-Found Youth [LNFY.org] . This project is in the early stages of development.
In addition, many of my clients are gay-owned and/or gay-friendly businesses. I am frequently involved with fundraising events, rallies, petitions, political events and social organizations which serve the local, regional or national LGBT community.