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The Common Sense Colloquy: Q&A with Earl Fowlkes of the Center for Black Equity

I thought for a while about the focus of this Q&A in this final month before one of the most consequential elections of our lives. What kind of conversation would be helpful at a time in which we have finally realized that we can’t talk enough about racial justice? Who could I talk with about LGBTQ issues and the election during LGBTQ History Month and a month in which RENEWPR is supporting the Washington Blade’s month-long campaign to urge the LGBTQ community to vote? Fortunately, the thought occurred to me to ask Earl Fowlkes to participate in this series. And luckily, he accepted the invitation! Earl is, among other roles, the President and CEO of the Center for Black Equity, Inc. (former

The Business of Pride and The Power of Recognition

Hard work is its own reward, they say. But it’s still nice to be honored for the work you do. And it’s even better when that honor recognizes not just what you do, but who you are. So I’m especially thrilled to be a 2020 Washington Business Journal Business of Pride honoree. This award, highlighted in today’s edition of the Washington Business Journal, recognizes a group of ten openly LGBTQ business leaders in the Washington region. You can read about all of the awardees on the Washington Business Journal’s website here. When I decided to start RENEWPR, I knew from the start that I wanted to be certified as an LGBT Business Enterprise by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. In fact, comple

LGBTQ History Month, Voting and Democracy

October is, among other things, LGBTQ History Month. Throughout the month, LGBTQ advocates and organizations will be sharing insight and perspective from important people and events in our community’s history. And throughout the month, many of these remembrances will no doubt focus on the importance of honoring our history by voting in November. We’ll be supporting both of these activities this month by joining the Washington Blade’s effort to encourage the LGBTQ community to vote. Each Friday of this month, we’ll have a half-page ad in the Blade’s print editions that uses quotations about voting and democracy from LGBTQ authors, poets and politicians to encourage our community to register a

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