GGBA would like to thank the powerful speakers who made this the most memorable Power Lunch to date, including California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and San Francisco Mayor London Breed, our Honorees Juan P. Novello, César Casas Ferrer and Fabrice Houdart, as well Fireside Chat participants Bevan Dufty and Stacy Lentz. A special thank-you goes to our amazing Featured Artist, Breanna Sinclairé.
Stacy Lentz is an LGBTQ activist and Co-Owner of the Stonewall Inn which was the birth place of the modern gay rights movements after the Stonewall Riots in 1969. In 2006 the Stonewall Inn was closed and Lentz was a part of a team of investors who along with other owners, Bill Morgan, Kurt Kelly, and Tony DeCicco stepped into save the iconic landmark. Stonewall was recently named a National Monument making it the first LGBTQ national monument in US history.
Stacy Lentz helped to organize 100's of events and fundraisers for such LGBT organizations as GLAAD, Marriage Equality USA, the Hetrick-Martin Institute, HRC, the Anti-Violence Project , Sylvia's Place, Lambda Legal, SAGE and others. She has also Partnered with HOP to help produce some of the largest events during NYC Pride. In addition Lentz also helped organize the March for Marriage rally uniting over 80 LGBT organizations and thousands of people to call for the repeal of DOMA in 2013. She is currently is the CEO and Co-founder of the Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative a non-profit helping some of the most underserved members of the LGBTQ community. Lentz has been a featured TEDx speaker and she has also appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC and Various other news outlets discussing gay rights and issues affecting the LGBT community.
Bevan Dufty was elected to the BART Board of Directors in November 2016. Director Dufty represents the 9th District, which includes portions of San Francisco. Director Dufty was voted President of the Board on December 20, 2018.
Bevan's 40-year public service career began in 1976 when he joined the staff of legendary Brooklyn Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm (D-NY), the first African American woman elected to Congress and 1972 Presidential candidate.
Bevan became Chief Legislative Assistant to freshman Rep. Julian Dixon (D-CA) in 1979. Dixon served on the House Appropriations Committee and led the effort to fund the Metro Red Line, returning rail transit to Los Angeles.
From 2012-2015, Bevan served as Director of HOPE for the City and Mayor Lee, to innovate the City's response to homelessness and he established the new Navigation Center model and helped lead the effort that has housed over 500 formerly homeless veterans in San Francisco.
Breanna Sinclairé is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and a graduate of CalArts. She received her Masters from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and she was the first transwoman of the opera program, under the pedagogy of Ms. Ruby Pleasure.Operatic performances include Carmen, La Calisto, The Old Maid and The Thief, The Magic Flute, L'enfant et les sortilèges, Platée, and West Side Story, as well as Meredith Monk’s Songs of Ascension at REDCAT, and Zachary Sharrin’s Time Bodies at MOCA.
Outside of opera, Ms. Sinclairé has enjoyed a variety of performance opportunities with LGBT and other non-profit organizations throughout the nation — most recently the Gay Men’s Choruses of Washington, D.C. & San Francisco. She made her debut at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus. Other performances include Americans for the Arts, Washington, D.C. and Toronto Pride Festivals, SF Trans March, Fresh Meat Trans and Queer Arts Festivals, Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, LinkedIn’s LGBTQ Employee Resource Group speaker series panel discussion (alongside civil rights leader Cecilia Chung), Janet Mock’s Redefining Realness book tour, and the Transgender Law Center’s SPARK! anniversary celebration. She also, made her debut as a guest artist for the Gay Men's Chorus of DC in Durufle's "Requiem performing "Pie Jesu" at Church of the Epiphany.
Ms. Sinclairé was among Out Magazine’s 2015 "OUT100" list of LGBT heroes. She was the first transwoman to perform the National Anthem at a professional sporting event for the Oakland A's, SF Giants, & San Francisco Deltas. She made her debut with SF Symphony on December 31st as the first trans singer to perform with the orchestra.
Ricardo Lara was elected as the California Insurance Commissioner on November 6, 2018 making him the first LGBTQ person in the history of California to be elected to statewide office. Lara leads the California Department of Insurance and regulates the California insurance market. How big is California’s insurance market? Insurers collect $310 billion a year in premiums in California, making it the nation's largest insurance market.
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