I've written a lot about social media and how others in the community are using social media to reach and engage their fans. One thing I haven't spoken about yet on Bilerico is my commitment to fighting for equal rights. When I'm not posting blogs, working, or going to school (see my Bilerico bio for more), I'm volunteering for a variety of LGBT equality fighting organizations, including New York State's civil rights and lobby organization, the Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA).
Since 2007, I have donated my time, money, and talent to ESPA to further the LGBT equality movement in New York. To celebrate my work and the work of other women who further LGBT causes in New York State, ESPA hosts an annual fundraiser designed specifically to celebrate and applaud the hard work of women: Winter Heat. For the third year in a row, I'm sitting on the committee for this exciting celebration and this is the second year that my partner and I are sponsors.
This year is particularly exciting for me because we are adding a new sponsorship level, Young Patron, to this year's Winter Heat. The Young Patron is a sponsor level for people ages 21-30 who want to be recognized for their commitment to equality but who don't have hundreds to fork over for upper level sponsorships. This came about because the first year I was asked to be on the committee, I was under 30 and I didn't have the means to purchase the other sponsor levels, which I wanted to do. So in one of the Winter Heat wrap-up meetings with ESPA, I brought up the idea to adding a sponsorship level that would allow the next generation of LGBT leaders to be recognized for their commitment to equality. If you're over 30, a business owner, or an employee at a gay-friendly corporation, there are other sponsorship levels that you can view by clicking here. If you're not interested in sponsoring but still want to attend, we have general tickets available, which will go on sale soon.
If you're interested in attending Winter Heat, please click here or let me know by leaving me a comment below or by emailing (see my Bilerico bio page). I always welcome the opportunity to meet other Bilerico readers.