There are big changes happening at Pride at Work. Yesterday was the last day for long time Executive Director (and fellow Bilerico Project contributor), Jeremy Bishop. He is another talented gay man scooped up by the administration.
Jeremy has done an amazing job at Pride at Work (P@W). Every national organization has dwindling resources but P@W has managed to continue to do the important work of representing LGBT people in the unions. (Full disclosure here, my spouse is taking over for him as interim ED.)
In turn the unions have taken up many of our issues and worked for full equality in many settings. At the big AFL meeting this week in Pittsburgh, a union rep from Maine worked to get language into a resolution supporting marriage equality. A straight union rep stood up, literally, to demand full marriage equality for union members.
I have personally spent a lot of time with Jeremy. I BBQ his favorite steak and get him fresh corn on the cob for his visits to California. In turn we gossip, share strategies, argue, and conspire in true queer collaboration. He has always been there for both Jo and I not just as a colleague but a real friend. We are both thankful for his wisdom, humor and loyalty. Jeremy Bishop's work makes our movement better.
He is now moving on the Department of Labor and will be a liaison for the LGBT community in a department that has never extended its hand like this. I am excited to see what this department will do to help all of us out-of-work queers out here.
Job training programs? Job training programs in LGBT centers? How about a national tour, Jeremy, to see what the needs are around the country?
Please join me in thanking Jeremy for a job well done at P@W. We will miss you there but look forward to seeing what you and the fabulous Hilda Solis come up with to make our lives better.
One more thing, Brian Bond, thank you, too, for opening so many doors for our folks.