From August 6-10, 120 leaders of the lgbt equality movement from 34 state and 21 allied organizations met to share strategies and discuss Equality Federation's emerging Equality Agenda -- a national plan for winning lgbt equality in every state. State leaders were also treated to a great time in Columbus by Equality Ohio, local Summer Meeting Host.
Equality Federation elected new board members and officers. Howard Bayless (the first openly gay man elected to public office in Alabama) and Lynne Bowman (Equality Ohio executive director) will serve as Federation Co-Chairs for a second term.
State leaders attended workshops, networked with other leaders, and debated Federation values and plans for the upcoming year. Thanks to the great Equality Ohio staff, there were plenty of fun events to attend, including the Ohio State Fair featuring "Mount Buckeye". Guest speakers included Ohio's Lt. Governor AND Secretary of State.