The meeting included a busy and informative agenda.
On the first day, the group heard from Shane Larson, Co-President of Pride at Work who talked about the shared history of the labor and LGBT movements. He was followed by Sarah Reece of the Gay & Lesbian Taskforce who highlighted some of the pro-equality field work happening across the United States.
Members then had lunch with Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI), a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus and Co-Chair of the DCCC Labor Council. He talked about his commitment to passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would ban employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
After lunch, the group heard from Jason Burns of the Victory Fund who gave an overview of openly LGBT candidates that are running for office in 2014. Finally, Pride at Work Executive Director Darren Phelps offered guidance on creating LGBT education workshops for local unions.
On the second day, board member Emmanuelle Lopez gave a presentation about World Pride in Toronto, Ontario. UFCW OUTreach plans to participate in the festivities this June.
The next board meeting is planned for June 27 in Toronto.