Notable LGBT Figures to Champion Workplace Equality at 2015 Out & Equal Workplace Summit

Former NBA Player Jason Collins, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Singer,
Songwriter Cris Williamson, Lisa Kron and Sydney Lucas of Fun Home and
U.S. Congressman Barney Frank to Vie For LGBT Workplace Equality at
Annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Building on the victory of the Supreme Court ruling granting same-sex
couples the constitutional right to marry, Out
& Equal Workplace Advocates
, a nonprofit dedicated to achieving
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace equality, will address
the next frontier in LGBT rights—workplace equality—alongside notable
LGBT figures and multitude of Fortune 500 companies in the annual
Workplace Summit held this year in Dallas. LGBT icons will deliver
session speeches and entertainment for the anticipated 3,000 Out & Equal
Workplace Summit attendees at the Hilton Antole Hotel Oct. 5-8.

“The wide range of industries and careers represented by the notable
speakers and entertainers at this year’s Out & Equal Summit demonstrates
the importance of global LGBT workplace equality,” said Out & Equal
Founder and CEO Selisse Berry. “Regardless of the nature of work, all
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees have the right to be
authentic to themselves and therefore fully valued in their workplace,
professional athletes and elected officials alike. I am thrilled to have
3,000 attendees join us from over 30 countries and nearly 600 Fortune
1,000 companies represented at the Out & Equal Workplace Summit.”

Jason Collins, the first openly gay professional athlete and one of Time
“100 Most Influential People” in 2014, Annise Parker, one
of the first openly gay mayors of a major city and Cris Williamson,
influential musician in the lesbian community will discuss their
personal battles with LGBT workplace equality in the opening brunch
session on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Writer Lisa Kron of Fun Home, winner of five 2015 Tony awards, will
speak at the Gala Dinner Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 8 alongside Fun
Home cast member Sydney Lucas, who will perform at the event. American
politician, civil rights activist and first openly gay member of the
U.S. Congress, Barney Frank, will join them earlier in the day with a
coffee session.

The Workplace Summit 2015 Speakers & Entertainment schedule is available
on the Out & Equal website
along with additional information about the conference.

About Out & Equal

Out & Equal is a San-Francisco-based nonprofit organization that
collaborates with Fortune 500 corporations around the world to help them
create safe and supportive work environments for their lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender employees. Out & Equal provides professional
development opportunities; establishes and supports employee resource
groups; develops hiring policies and training programs; provides
networking opportunities; and develops career advancement programs. Out
& Equal, which was founded in 1996, brings together employees and
experts from around the world each year at its Workplace Summit, where
attendees learn about current and emerging best practices to ensure
greater opportunities and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender employees.


for Out & Equal
Emily Altimari, 415-397-7600