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OutBüro Voices - In each episode host Dennis Velco has engaging and casual conversations with LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the globe
Let's chat, share, learn, grow, and be inspired. together.

We’ll explore their career path, inspiration, strategy, startup journey, successes balanced with insights from lessons learned. We’ll also talk with leaders in Diversity and Inclusion and community allies across many sectors with a keen LGBTQ perspective.

Join us on www.OutBuro.com – The online community for LGBTQ professionals and entrepreneurs.
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In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Jacob Kneip who saw a need to create an LGBTQ+ community support center in a conservative suburb 45 minutes outside of Chicago - Wheaton, Illinois.    I apologize for my mis-introduction.  Neither caught that to rerecord.   Watch or listen to Jacob share his ah-ha moment and his journey so far in creating a safe and welcoming space for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, asexual, intersex, queer, and questioning youth.     01:30 Jacob shares his background and how never thought he was going to be an activist or community leader and how he need up in the Chicago suburb that is predominantly conservative.  04:00 One door closes and another opens.  06:00 A young person comes out to him and shares their fear of parents knowing.  This was his ah-ha moment that a need for an LGBTQ+ support group/center existed.  08:00 How it got started, a grassroots effort.  10:00 The local library immediately, rejected his space request.  He moved on to the Parks and Recreation Center immediately jump on to host the group on a regular basis.  14:30 Jacob describes his first meeting where a Mom attended and strategy for growth.  17:00 Regular programs are now in place both in-person and virtual.  18:30 COVID actually helped the organization grow and they started offering virtual support groups every day.  19:00 Beers with Queers spawned allowing the group to meet outdoors in a COVID-safe way and support a local business.  19:20 The group spans three communities with a combined population of around 100,000 people. We chat about recent studies showing 15.9% of Americans between 18-23 self-identify as LGBTQ.  How to acquire the area general population and leverage that in grants and other fundraising efforts  25:00 Jacob shares how the group was initially funded and his amazing response from local businesses.  27:00 Jacob describes the benefits of getting business support.  28:00 Leveraging CenterLink's resources, education, development, programming curriculum guidance, curated funding lists, and cross-country network of other center leaders to mentor and support each other.  https://www.CenterLink.org  38:00 Jacob shares projects such as the area's Pride is in planning that will be a hybrid virtual and in person.   45:00 Jacob offers to chat with you if you are considering starting a community resources center/group in your area no matter where you are in the world.   To connect with Jacob find him on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/outspokenil/  OutSpoken Illinois: https://www.outspokenil.org/   Join me and Jacob on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies, and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality-focused benefits, policies, and business practices.  https://www.OutBuro.com  Would you like to be a featured guest on the show? Contact the host Dennis Velco.  https://outburo.com/profile/dennisvelco/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/outburo/message
In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Alfred Verhoeven, marketing consultant and Marketing Ph.D. candidate.     01:15 Brief intro by Alfred  02:30 Alfred's background includes a law degree and initially stubbled into marketing and has worked in corporate financial institutions yet has been in private practice for around 20 years so far.  04:20 In the military, Alfred was a language specialist where he learned Russian working in the military intelligence realm.    06:00 We discuss how both sales and marketing are areas where training helps to hone natural skills and abilities 08:00 Dennis shares a common connection via language learning, military intelligence, and a related story  15:00 How to lose someone following you using 3 modes of transportation  17:00 Alfred shares his inspiration to work on a Marketing Ph.D. and its focus titled Marketing the Rainbow - No one has done this study before  19:00 How the stereotype of high wealth, disposal income, dual income no kids come from and how the original niche study has been incorrectly used and referenced.  See interview with Todd Evans of Rivendale Media.  https://outburo.com/spanning-95-of-lgbtq-print-online-media-rivendell/  26:00 Alfred discusses how and how the LGBTQ community became a focus for corporate marketing  27:45 How LGBTQ persons often become caregivers due to often not having kids  30:00 Alfred's research is large and still growing but has focused the Ph.D. thesis to be manageable while providing the larger set of research articles through his website. https://marketingtherainbow.info/  31:00 Alfred discusses how companies stand for equality and how being inclusivity supports corporate profitability.  34:50 The dangers of right-wing backlash and how it can turn around and benefit the company and has changed over time through social and legal advances  36:00 How LGBTQ inclusive marketing is now pretty much mainstream and companies are pretty much foolish to not adopt inclusive marketing  39:00 We chat about the evolution of LGBTQ equality acceptance.  44:00 Alfred is taking the research content and creating articles outlining a company's LGBTQ marketing history and journey.  See the website and YouTube channel listed below.    51:00 We chat about past marketing mistakes and learning from them.  To connect with Alfred find him on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/tawv/  Website: https://marketingtherainbow.info/ Check out his YouTube channel featuring LGBTQ marketing commercials.   YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/AlfredVerhoeven  Join me and Alfred on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies, and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality-focused benefits, policies, and business practices.  https://www.OutBuro.com  Would you like to be featured like this? Contact the host Dennis Velco.  https://outburo.com/profile/dennisvelco/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/outburo/message
In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with out gay Pennsylvania State Lawmaker Brian Sims, who just days after this recorded chat wherein I asked about political aspirations, he announced that he is running for Pennsylvania Lutienent Governor.   Sly devil.   Here is his announcement.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejiy3kNTI6g At 29:00 Brian shares what his calendar looks like today, an average day.  Oh goodness, I needed another coffee just hearing that.  After a week of that schedule, a good date night and massage soundPennsylvaniasupport in order.  😜   Son of two Army Luitenent Colonels, Brian moved around quite a bit as most military families do.  From an early age, he knew he wanted to become a lawyer with a focus on equality and women's issues.  His parents with his twin brother, older brother, and younger sister settled in Pennsylvania where he attended high school and undergraduate school. After law school in Michigan, he returned to Philadelphia.  At this point, he was aware of sexuality and realized he was moving back to a state with zero LGBTQ equal rights.     To this day, Feb 2021, if not for the Federal Workplace Nondiscrimination at the Pennsylvania state level they still, despite a continued effort often led by Sims, Pennsylvania cowardly Republican lawmakers choose to force all state citizens to live in fear of LGBTQ legalized discrimination due to their lack of humanity, civility, and common sense. As Sims describes, Pennsylvania Republicans hold power, not by popular democratic vote but rather manipulate the district lines to suit their whim.  Elected officials such as Sims is striving to restore fair representation and instill human dignity values in the state.     See Brian Sims impassionately beg Pennsylvania State Republicans to support LGBTQstate level equality.  See his speech here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XV-tAnpQ2cA The real rub is that many of those lawmakers personally support equality, yet due to the corrupt Republican Party, they had to toe to line and vote as they were told to vote else suffer the political schoolyard style bullying.     What is the answer?  REPLACE them. Run for office.  Support diverse candidates including out LGBTQ political candidates at all levels.  Learn more about The Victory Fund here: https://victoryfund.org/   Get to know Brian a bit as we chat about his coming out while the captain of his college football team.  We continue on discussing how diversity matters in politics and the corporate workplace.  We round out the conversation chatting about being on PrEP where I give a shout out to the great care I have received at the Veterans Affairs getting my PrEP through the VAcfor two years and now through http://www.HeyMistr.com.  See the interview with Tristan the founder of Mistr here for all the infohttps://outburo.com/hey-mistr-are-you-on-prep-hiv-aids-prevention-online-prescription/  Join us on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices.  https://www.OutBuro.com   Would you like to be featured like this? Contact the host Dennis Velco.  https://outburo.com/profile/dennisvelco/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/outburo/message
In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Romy Newman a social entrepreneur with a focus on advancing workplace gender equality, career opportunities for women, and corporate transparency.    Romy brings a long and rich career background in marketing and business development to Fairygodboss.  Co-founded with Georgene Huang, Fairygodboss is a community network centered on career women, employer branding, and job marketplace aiding employers to reach the female demographic supporting their workplace equality strategy.  Women may anonymously rate recent past and current employers.  This provides insights for the employer on how they are doing while providing the female job seeker employer information not found anywhere else so she may make an informed decision if the employer has the benefits and policies that will allow her to thrive as a valued employee team member.    In our casual conversation Romy shares how the idea for Fairgodboss was sparked and how she and co-founder Georgene leverage each of their skills that have resulted as of Feb 2021 to a community of over 2 million members supported by 50 staff at Fairygodboss.    We discussed challenges and opportunities presented in the workplace due to COVID.    Join OutBüro today, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices.  https://www.OutBuro.com  Would you like to be featured like this? Contact the host Dennis Velco.  https://outburo.com/profile/dennisvelco/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/outburo/message
In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Darren Loli, Founder/CEO and Executive Producer of Happening Out Television Network providing an LGBTQ perspective and programming.     Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Darren has a long and rich career background in business operational efficiency consulting via his company, the Loli Group.  The Loli Group focuses on operations consulting specializing in turnaround and new division management. It has cross-industry experience guiding high-level management in developing business vision and overall strategy. They design and build human and IT resources to meet larger vision and strategy.  Darren leverages this experience in Happening Out Television Network.   What started as one show in a View like pannel discussion format, within its two year time has sprung into 4 district show as of Feb 2021 with new shows being launched and more on the horizon.  All shows are broadcast live with recordings available for watching or listening at later times. Darren shared that around 30% of the traffic listens to the broadcasts.     Its current line up includes:  It's Happening Out: Where it all started, is a weekly panel discussion with regular and guest panelist fully representing the LGBTQ+ and ally community.  The topics are wide with a brisk pace and witty commentary.  It's Happening Out, the World's Most Popular LIVE gay TV Show started in Nov 2018 with less than 1,000 viewers. Darren is responsible for business strategy, overseeing content production, and managing show growth. The show has grown to over 600,000 unique weekly viewers and has established strategic partnerships for continued expansion. (Ex. Human Rights Campaign, Worlds Aids Museum, Prides across the country).   QNews Tonight: Is a nightly news broadcast featuring prime news from the LGBTQ perspective. Larger mainstream news outlet partners include CNN and NBC news for content and media.     Gay Town Hall:  In an effort to deepen and broaden the LGBTQ perspective the weekly  Gay Town Hall has numerous regular and guest panelists, often in the 15-25 range.  It further encourages live audience participation through view comments that get incorporated in the live dialogue.     Sunshine Cathedral - is a Sunday weekly live broadcast of the Metropolitan Community Church LGBTQ affirming service.  This community service broadcast launched in March 2020 and as of February 2021 has on average 30,000 weekly viewers with the majority of those viewing live each Sunday morning.    HAPPENING.fun, South Florida's Most Popular Source for "Things to Fun." Started late august 2019 has grown to over 20,000 unique weekly viewers per episode and continues to grow.   To connect with Darren find him on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/darrenloli/   Join me and Darren on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices.  https://www.OutBuro.com   Would you like to be featured like this? Contact the host Dennis Velco.  https://outburo.com/profile/dennisvelco/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/outburo/message
In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with AJ Mizes a career coach, leadership coach, and HR consultant.    A.J. is a talent and human potential aficionado with over a decade of experience within Career Coaching and Human Resources--and has been featured in NBC, CBS, FOX, The International Business Times, and Yahoo! News.  Most recently, though, AJ left Facebook as a Global HR Leader where he supported an international team and launched many innovative leadership programs under his guidance--that are still in full swing at Facebook today.  He’s supported global teams of over 3,000 people and currently serves as the CEO of The Human Reach--a human potential institute guiding high-achieving professionals to land their dream careers in record time and coaching silicon valley leaders to be thoughtful, effective leaders.  His career stems from a foundation in training and development at KSL Capital, where he coached leaders on how to select, coach, and retain top talent at some of the world’s most prestigious luxury resort properties.  A.J. also served as a leader @ Premier Staffing where he worked alongside well-known tech giants in organizing talent strategy and recruiting tactics.  Before Facebook, AJ was the Vice President of Talent and Engagement at Sungevity—the world’s leading platform technology for residential solar—where he led an HR team that spanned across the United States.    To connect with AJ find him on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/ajmizes/  Join me and AJ on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices.  https://www.OutBuro.com  Would you like to be featured like this? Contact the host Dennis Velco.  https://outburo.com/profile/dennisvelco/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/outburo/message
In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Chris Rollins who is a coach for HR, people, and culture professionals. Chris Rollins is a Leadership and Executive Coach for HR, People, and Culture Leaders, especially in the LGBTQ+ community, yet not exclusively. He does this work to deepen the commitment to his purpose: to hold safe space so that people have the courage to find and live their truth. His purpose-driven approach to coaching helps his clients connect more powerfully with who they are, what they want, and the courage to bring it to life.  Prior to working as an independent coach, he spent a decade climbing up the leadership ranks in corporate America. He started in an entry-level sales role and spent almost 8 years in various individual and leadership roles driving revenue in new business and account management. During that time, he made the largest impact coaching and mentoring people around him and building strong teams. And that’s what he loved the most.   This led him to a career pivot out of sales into organizational development to scale his impact on people and culture internally. Most recently, he was the SVP of Organizational Development for a 150 person company. As part of the executive leadership team, he was a trusted thought partner to the CEO and was leading high impact company-wide initiatives.  To connect with Chris find him on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/chrisrollins/  Join me and Chris on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices.  https://www.OutBuro.com   Would you like to be featured like this? Contact the host Dennis Velco.  https://outburo.com/profile/dennisvelco/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/outburo/message
In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Lisa Geason-Bauer based in Wisconsin is an entrepreneur focusing on environmental and sustainability consulting.   01:30 Lisa describes her career started as a sociologist putting that background into practical use in sustainability.    02:00 She aids her clients to Implement sustainability actions, practices, and protocols within their business.    02:30 She works at the intersection of corporate responsibility, employee engagement, and marketing communications.    03:20 How do Sustainability and Employee Engagement and Equality fit together?  04:00 Definition of Sustainability  05:00 The Tripple Bottom Line also called the Three Pillars of Stainability k 05:30 Social responsibility is a broad category including how a company treats its employees, suppliers, customers, and community.    08:00 Sustainability organizations   11:00 Wisconsin Women in Sustainability Leadership Series - Empowering the Female Green Changemakers https://www.wisconsinsustainability.com/wis For the March 7, 9, and 16, 2021 event register here.  It's free to attend.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wisconsin-women-in-sustainability-leadership-program-for-iwd-2021-tickets-122259554619  18:15 What is a B Corp? For more I formation: https://bcorporation.net/  22:00 Free learning and planning resources for sustainability and B Corps.    1. https://www.wisconsinsustainability.com/greenmasters  2. https://www.wisconsinsustainability.com/getting-started  3. https://bcorporation.net/certification  4. https://bimpactassessment.net/  29:30 Download the tools. Start small and build habits.   Lisa Geason-Bauer is the president of Evolution Marketing, a Wisconsin-based woman-owned Certified B Corporation specializing in the area of global sustainability consulting and storytelling, environmentally responsible creative design, and ethical marketing.  When Geason-Bauer founded Evolution Marketing in 2007, she made the strategic decision to operate the firm in a triple bottom line manner. Since then, she has publicly shared the challenges and unique opportunities presented when one implements systems thinking within a professional service business.  Over the last decade, Lisa has played an active role in shaping the discussion within the business world regarding the adoption of strategic sustainability strategies and the inclusion of corporate social responsibility programs into day-to-day business operations. As a practitioner of sustainability initiatives and a leader in the business for good movement, Evolution Marketing is proud to offer its professional services in a carbon-neutral manner.  Geason-Bauer was recently recognized (June 2020) as one of seven Regional (hailing from the West North Central region) “Sheroes for Mentorship” by the U.S. Green Building Council, because she exemplifies what it means to be a mentor. To connect with Lisa find her on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/lisageason-bauer/  Website: https://greenmkting.com/   Join me and Lisa on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices.  https://www.OutBuro.com   Would you like to be featured like this? Contact the host Dennis Velco.  https://outburo.com/profile/dennisvelco/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/outburo/message
In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with John-Manuel Andriote, freelance health/medical-focused journalist for the likes of The Atlantic, Psychology Today, and others and author.    In his early journalist career, he focused his reporting on HIV/AIDS and then broadened it to the wider health and medical topics.  Over the past 10 years, he has focused on psychological and emotional resilience.  He is currently training to become a personal resilience coach to help others build their own resilience. John shares that in 2005, after reporting on HIV/AIDS, he received an HIV positive diagnosis.  This rather shocking diagnosis caused John to reflect on his life, the challenges, and assessing his ability to reach a positive outlook thriving and surviving life's storms.  Exploring his own resilience made him keenly interested in the topic.  Stonewall Strong is not a self-help book perse, but rather a collection of personal stories that demonstrate resilience so that the readers may connect with authentic stories and glean insights. In our engaging conversation, John discusses his book titled Stonewall Strong that focuses on resilience told through his own personal story from a Journaling archive stretching over 30 years to one on one interviews with notable gay figures like Bishop Eugene Robinson, Larry Kramer, Congressman Barney Frank, and others from many walks of life.  We chat about how members of the LGBTQ community face many obstacles and challenges others don't yet still find ways to be resilient and thrive.  John found that we need to tell our own stories in our own ways versus allowing others to define us.  Too often still today LGBTQ people are bombarded with the negative message that they are not worthy, they don't belong, they are not loved for who they are.  One must overcome these messages that can become deeply ingrained causing emotional, mental, development, relationship, self-loathing, and potential substance abuse issues.  Resilience is reframing that message internally from a state of the victim to a mindset of a survivor, a hero for overcoming. This mindset shift is very important because negativities attract negativity likewise positive attracts positive.  I share my personal story of having to put boundaries in place with people who after years of trying never accepted me for who I am and vehemently kept throwing mystical dogmatic religion in my face.  It was difficult, but I had to distance myself from them out of love and respect for myself.  John developed a stand-alone course on developing resilience which he offers for free.  It is found on his website at http://stonewallstrong.com/  To connect with John-Manuel find him on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/jmandriote/   Join me and John-Manuel on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices.  https://www.OutBuro.com Would you like to be featured like this? Contact the host Dennis Velco.  https://outburo.com/profile/dennisvelco/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/outburo/message
In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Zander Keig, a US military veteran, a trans man who has dedicated his career in service to others. After a military medical discharge, his career took a slightly winding path yet always with a focus on being of service to others. He became a local police officer, achieved a degree in conflict resolution with a focus on corporate merger and acquisition.  But he then attended seminary focusing again on service to others achieving a Masters in Theology.  Afterward, he began working in career services working for the State of California working with US Veterans.  An economic downturn led to being laid off. and took the opportunity to relocate to Orlando, Florida to be close to family. During COVID he was led into his current role of providing consulting and coaching services virtually.  Zander provides services through an Employer Assistance Program (EAP).  Check to see if you have an EAP as part of your benefits.  Familiarize yourself with their offerings and take advance of them.  For example, many offer mental health services up to a set number of appointments.  Many are now providing special services in response to COVID helping employees cope with stress, anxiety, depression, financial concerns, life coping, relationship coaching, sleep hygiene, and more.   Zander is also through consulting helping to establish wellness and inclusion oriented webinars for companies.  There is a gap between policy and practice.  Due to COVID, there is a huge burnout issue.  All the additional home and at-home care responsibilities and issues resulting from COVID while working remotely from home has made many to feel isolated, disconnected, and burnt out. Zander shared that he is working on a new educational service exploring childhood adverse experiences, their impact on adulthood health, outlook, and lifestyle, and how to deal with such adversity in a healthy way.  He explains the strong study based research that correlates trauma to addiction, homelessness, obesity, diabetes, heart health. We chatted about how the LGBTQI community member due to social stigma and family ignorance, religious intolerance dogmatic beliefs, bullying, being shunned, being harassed, and so much more are an adverse experience which also can, and often do affect, the LGBTQ persons.     We chat quite a bit about the US Veteran Administrative Health services and in general how great they are.  Zander shared how the US VA has two policy directives for the LGB veterans and the second for transgender and intersexed veterans.  These policies outline all the rights and entitlements for LGBTQI+ veterans have as medical patients.  In addition, all VA centers have at least one LGBTQI+ Patient Care Coordinator who is like a patient advocate.  The Affordable Care Act ACA) aka Obama Care opened the VA up to provide Healthcare to all US veterans who qualify based on income.  All US veterans are encouraged to check out the VA's website to learn all the facts and see if you may qualify. To connect with Zander find him on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/zanderkeig/ Join us on OutBüro. LGBTQ Corporate Equality Ratings and LGBTQ Professional & Entrepreneur Community (outburo.com) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/outburo/message
In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Art Smith, artist, promoter, entrepreneur, and founder of Gay Barchieves.   Art shares his story of working for two local LGBTQ community local print media companies starting in the mid-'80s.  This forced him to both be out as gay but also out and active in the community calling on businesses of all sorts.  Through this, he formed relationships with many bar and club owners who wanted to advertise their business and events.     In 2019 he was chatting with a bar owner in Atlanta who asked him to create a 45 year since opening commemorative design, although now close for ten years  Soon others were reaching out interested in his then one-off project asking about other bars that had closed and should be remembered.  He started doing research on LGBTQ bars that once thrived yet no longer open.     Once COVID hit, he threw himself completely into this project and as of January 2021 has around 1200 bygone bars documented, logos redesigned, and on the GayBarcheives website.  He is gathering information and stories from the bar owners when possible. Throughout the decades, many bars were very discrete. They didn't advertise and often didn't even have signage on their building or door. It was all word of mouth.    Gay Barcheives Mission: To build the world's largest archive of the logos and stories of gay bars from the past, preserving the memories of the places that were so significant to the growth and development of the LGBTQ+ community.   Art shares a few stories to illustrate the importance of gay bars in the LGBTQ community as places of building friendships, feeling a part of a community, getting information, and even health services throughout the years.  He also shares a few stories including police attempts to raid a popular gay hangout donut shop in Los Angles during the mid-'50's as well as a tragic arsine attack on a gay bar in New Orleans.     Notable bars already featured on Gay Barchieves:  Chicago Eagle  Eagle's Nest  Kok Bar San Fransico  CircusDisco  Tradesman LA  CooperDonuts  Russian River Eagle  Man Handler  Pulse Orlando  Lost and Found DC  The Pier  Apex DC  The Copa  Jackhammer  Steel Score  Jocks Atlanta  The Other Side  Lipstix  The Anvil  The Vault  Roxy  Badlands  Crowbar  And since there is currently over 1200 (as of Jan 2021) there are just too many to list here.   Use these links to connect with Art to suggest additional venues.    http://GayBarchives.com  website  http://facebook.com/GayBarchives  Facebook 'like' page  http://facebook.com/groups/gaybarchives  Facebook group   To connect with Art find him on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/gaybarchives/  Join me and Art on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices.  https://www.OutBuro.com  Would you like to be featured like this? Contact the host Dennis Velco.  https://outburo.com/profile/dennisvelco/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/outburo/message
In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Dëv Ramsumair, out gay entrepreneur, fashion event producer, museum curator, foster parent, and much more.   Warning! When Dëv and I have the opportunity to chat we cover lots of ground.  This interview conversation is no different.  What I love about this is the openness and vulnerability demonstrating the width and breadth of us all as humans in where we have so many facets to our lives.  I hope you enjoy this conversation.  Leave a comment below about yourself, maybe topics you'd like me to explore in future episodes.     Dëv at the age of 14 started his first company which was a media business focusing on arts, entertainment, and fashion with a focus on diversity and inclusion.  At age 16 he started producing events at Fashion Weeks off-site around the world such as in Londo, Milan, Paris, New York, Toronto, and some emerging cities like Berlin with a keen focus on diversity.  He was a pioneer and instrumental in bringing diversity awareness to the fashion industry focusing on race, ethnicity, gender, ability, sexuality, and body size/type.    Throughout his life, he has seized opportunities to build a business, his career, and create his life based on seeing opportunities, grading the moment, and running with it.  This is about his journey and current projects, and life. Dëv inspires me and I hope he inspires you.     It started at the age of 14 when he was looking at a magazine ad and thought that it is targeted at him and his friends get no one looked like the model.  He picked up the phone and called the advertiser and his message was heard by the right people.  They asked for his input and from there, his company was formed.  Amazing, since most 14 year-olds are more concerned with skateboards and video games.    Currently, he is an art curator at a major Toronto museum again focusing on bringing in and displaying art that represents the full spectrum of diversity.  In addition to that and raising a child, he is also launching DestiGaytions, an internet platform for the LGBTQ community to plan those amazing lifetime destination travel tours while remaining safe in all locations.  The idea for this was sparked when some friends asked him to go on a once in a lifetime trip to a location.  His response was he couldn't because that place has laws where they could arrest him just based on his skin color, faith, or sexual orientation.   DestiGaytions aims to inform LGBTQ globe trotter on how to remain safe wherever they go and provide listings of services and accommodations that are safe and friendly that will service you be is attractions, bars, medical facilities, and more.  He draws comparisons to the historic Green Book that was used by persons of color during the times when it was not safe for them to travel in all locations. DestiGaytions plans to launch in the Summer of 2021.   We further chat about how he became the guardian of a baby boy and raising him, for now, seven years.  As an adoptive parent myself we chatted about the benefits and life changes of raising a child. Consider being a foster parent for an LGBTQ teen.  You can provide a safe, loving home and be a mentor giving that teen a new perspective and opportunity in life.     To connect with Dëv find him on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/dev/ Join me and Dëv on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices.  https://www.OutBuro.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/outburo/message
In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Kevin Shah.  Kevin is an out gay entrepreneur, product manager with an engineering background, immigrant, filmmaker, startup founder of Jaago, and so much more.   I listed many things that Kevin identifies as, an illustration of intersectionality.  Kevin and I discuss what is intersectionality, the buzzword that has become quite popular in the realms of diversity and inclusion over the past few years.  It is key to understanding yourself and others to build empathy.  Empathy is the ability to deeply listen and understand another person's point of view.    When a person has empathy for themselves and others communication is greatly improved.   Improving one's empathy can have significant benefits in both personal and work relationships by increasing your emotional intelligence.    Jaago is a free to download and use smartphone app you can use to learn empathy for yourself and others in just 6 minutes a day.  Jaago users create a profile that after answering some questions deduces the user's intersectional profile and current empathy score.  Jaago is committed to user privacy and vowed to never share user information with any entity outside of Jaago.  Users then use the smartphone app to watch short videos that are no longer than 3-minutes each.  It is recommended to watch 2 a day.  Users are capped at 6 videos a day to not burn out and ensure optimal retention.  Users answer a few short questions after each video that capture their understanding of the video and how they felt about it.  Over time these answers are used to gauge the user's empathy score where personal growth is is the goal.  Users may further participate by uploading short videos sharing their own personal stories for other Jaago users to view.  Anyone may use the Jaago app.   Kevin shared that his early goal is to target corporations and businesses of all sizes to offer Jaago as an employee benefit.  Kevin explained that empathy supports diversity and inclusion which is a key focus for most businesses.    Kevin shares his background and how working as a product manager for technology companies that put interactive screens and the internet on airplanes, his own interest in film making, and working as a product manager in body cameras for police set him on his path to founding Jaago.   Jaago is a self-improvement app.  Download it today and give it a try.     To connect with Kevin find him on OutBüro here.   https://outburo.com/profile/kevinshah/  Join me and Kevin on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices.  https://www.OutBuro.com   Would you like to be featured like this? Contact the host Dennis Velco.  https://outburo.com/profile/dennisvelco/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/outburo/message
In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with  Christopher Clawson-Rule, publisher, author, out gay entrepreneur.     Christopher, who has several books published himself turned publisher with over 150 authors he represents says writer's block is bullshit.  He elaborates that writer's block is just laziness.  In our discussion, we explore his journey from starting his first book, ways to overcome writer's block, and how he became a publisher.  Christopher started writing after his 16-year-old daughter challenged him when after reading a book he said, "I could write better than this.  Her reply was, "Well then why don't you?".  When he completed his first manuscript she further challenged him to get it published.  He was disappointed that the publisher simply handed him is now bound book and basically said, "Here you go.". At the time Christopher was living in New York City.  Eager to get his book out into the world he had an idea to gorilla market it by placing 100 copies in the subway stations.  Passengers picked up his book and started reading it on their commute.  Other passengers saw several people at the same time reading it and therefore thought it had to be good.  This low budget marketing campaign paid off.  It resulted in over 17,000 copies sold in a short time.     By the time Christopher finished his third book other authors began seeking his advice on how he was selling so successfully when the publishers offered little to no help or guidance.  He realized that he wanted to help those authors in a professional way and so Breaking Rules Publishing was born.   Watch or listen for his full story and examples of authors who break the rules to stand out.   To connect with Christopher find him on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/breakingrulespublishing/   Join me and Christopher on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices.  https://www.OutBuro.com   Would you like to be featured like this? Contact the host Dennis Velco.  https://outburo.com/profile/dennisvelco/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/outburo/message
In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Tyler Davis author of the book titled "New America Awakenings".    "New America Awakenings" is a fictional tale of a world where the United States grapples with divisive factions of radical extremists who burst into a full civil war and foreign invasion all leaving the country ripped apart.  The government creates wards separating and grouping people base on faith, race, and other factors where citizens must wear a color stripe to signify what group they belong to.   Listen in as author Tyler Davis sharing the motivation, inspiration, and major plot points.   After a polarizing election, America breaks into a civil war, followed by a failed foreign invasion. Winning is not the end! New America divides into projects based on race and religion. Citizens who protest or break the laws are labeled an "enemy of peace." An enemy of peace quickly loses their head to the guillotine. Colt Jenkins resides in the New Bethlehem Project, where New American youth must navigate between Country, God, Survival, Love, Family, and Friends. Surviving daily attacks from Broken Mecca is not the only challenge. Katherine Shay, New Bethlehems keeper of the law, terrorizes citizens using the red phone, turning them into the government as enemies of peace. In a world with intermittent electricity, the President makes decrees from the television. The government controls the news and all information. The rising tension in the country and the Project puts Colt in Katherine’s and the government's crosshairs. After being publicly humiliated by Katherine, Colt discovers the government is not what it appears. Colt will have to decide what kind of man he will be and what he will choose to leave behind in his race to save his family and his love. To connect with Bruce find him on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/tylerdavis/   Join me and Bruce on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies, and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices.  https://www.OutBuro.com   Would you like to be featured like this? Contact the host Dennis Velco.  https://outburo.com/profile/dennisvelco/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/outburo/message
In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Michael Johnson-Ellis gay dad and entrepreneur helping the LGBTQ community be informed on family building and family life.    When Michael met his partner, his partner had a daughter from a previous marriage with a female. Michael had worked for some time in the fertility industry marketing to prospective parents.  Early in their relationship they talked of having kids together and started their research to find information tailored to a gay couple. It became apparent that there was not much.  They began documenting their journey creating a following on, Instagram and Facebook with the handle of TwoDadsUK.  While attending a family planning expo they saw a transgender couple who appeared shy to approach information booths due to the unwanted attention they received.  Michael warmly invited the transgender couple over and shared all the information he could with them.    After that event, Michael and his husband decided that there needs to be a family planning expo specifically for the LGBTQ community that is welcoming to everyone.  The Modern Family Show was born.  Through his past work contacts, he began contacting businesses and speakers.  The interest was strong leading to all booths and speaker spaces being booked in a short 4 months. Due to COVID, the event has been postponed and currently due to take place in September 2021.  There is already interest to expand the event to the United States in 2022.  The event and websites cover all family planning methods from fostering, adoption, surrogacy, and more. Websites:   http://www.TwoDadsUK.com  http://www.themodernfamilyshow.co.uk/  http://www.mysurrogacyjourney.com/  To connect with Michael find him on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/twodadsuk/   Join me and Michael on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices.  https://www.OutBuro.com   Would you like to be featured like this? Contact the host Dennis Velco.  https://outburo.com/profile/dennisvelco/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/outburo/message
In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Scott Ballina, Senior Director, Diversity, Belonging & Giving for a global technology company. Scott learned the value of diversity while serving in the US Navy as an officer leading a diverse group of sailors from all walks of life.  It was also in this role where he experienced living double life hiding his sexual orientation through avoidance, double-speak, and living if needed to keep his identity a secret.  While working as a technology consultant at Deloitte, Scott started working on diversity and inclusion in a part-time capacity.  His passion for the work and its impact grew and he moved into the role full-time as soon as he was able.   The role of diversity and inclusion can be challenging since it is dealing with all employees who have their conscience and unconscious biases.  Scott shares how in his current company they wanted to provide all employees the ability to self-identify their sexual orientation and gender identity.  He explains that he had to partner closely with the legal team to assess each country's laws where they operate.  That process took just over a year to complete. Having this data will allow him an analyze promotions, attrition, how engaged the employees are and how their sexual orientation and gender identity may be impacting their experience and allow the company to have metrics around their efforts to improve the culture.   Towards improving the culture, Scott and the company worked on having out gay employees who are in leadership positions.  When employees see persons in leadership who they identify with it provides strength to all employees.  Studies have demonstrated that when there is more diversity in leadership, it fosters a culture of support for all.  Scott offers advice for organizations starting on their path to creating an inclusive work culture including reaching out to him. To connect with Scott find him on OutBüro here.  https://outburo.com/profile/sballina/ Join me and Bruce on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices.  https://www.OutBuro.com Would you like to be featured like this? Contact the host Dennis Velco.  https://outburo.com/profile/dennisvelco/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/outburo/message
This is the first in a series of dialogs with Justin Buchbinder, the Director of Social Media at FINN Partners describes what his role is, how he grew in his career, how social media is a great equalizer where everyone has the same ability and his role with his clients.   FINN Partners is a global marketing agency that primarily serves the mid to large client market with a full suite of services with over 850 professionals around the globe.   Justin is an OUT #LGBTQ professional who values sharing is wide and deep knowledge with the OutBüro #LGBT professional and #entrepreneur community so that #gay, #lesbian, #bisexual, #transgender, and #queer business owners and community organizations may excel at creating effective #SocialMedia champagnes on any budget that is measurable and effective.     Be sure to subscribe to be notified of all OutBüro Voices new content gets published including our series with Justin and our friends at FINN Partners.     Do you have a social media question? Drop it in the comments so we can add it to our list and have it be featured potentially in a future episode.    Find Justin on OutBüro: https://www.outburo.com/profile/justinbuchbinder/   00:30 Overview of Finn Partners #Marketing Agency  02:20 How did you become a Social Media Director?  03:00 Social media was love at first sight  03:30 To be a Social Media Specialist you need to hang on and keep pace  04:30 Social media is an equalizer everyone can leverage no matter size or budget  05:20 Realist photography is a new trend - showing everyday people  05:40 Align social media to support the business goals and right metrics  07:00 Social media is not a piece of the pie. It should be another layer of the whole pie.   08:00 The average American spends 2 hours a day on social media --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/outburo/message
In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Wesley Smoot, Marketing Director for Unleashed LGBTQ.   Located in Dallas, Texas Unleashed LGBTQ is an expo and due to COVID a virtual event featuring brands, talent/entertainers, apps, films, fresh music from LGBTQ artists, virtual tours of LGBTQ travel destinations, tutorials, virtual fashion show, panel discussions, keynote speakers such as Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims, and more.  They tout it as brands, services, and campaigns entering the LGBTQ market.   The 2021 event will be held March 25-27th.  https://www.unleashedlgbtq.com/   On their website, they provide cocktail recipes so viewers can sip the same beverage as those on screen.     If you missed the March 2021 virtual event get on their email list to be informed of future events.   To connect with Wesley find him on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/unleashedlgbtq/   Join me and Wesley on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices.  https://www.OutBuro.com   Would you like to be featured like this? Contact the host Dennis Velco.  https://outburo.com/profile/dennisvelco/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/outburo/message
In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Max Appenroth: Transgender Experience Focused Healthcare Consultant based in Berlin, Germany. Max is a male of transgender experience and has had to navigate the public medical system of Germany where doctors are assigned.  The assigned doctors were generalists with little to no experience with transgender patients.  This led him to have in most cases to educate his doctors on what he needed and how to best treat him.  Max is striving to educate the health care and pharmacology community on how to best be inclusive and respond to the sensitivities and needs of the transgender community as patients.  His education is inclusive helping companies and organizations be wider and fuller in their diversity, equality, and inclusion. Gender Identity is the feeling of self whereas sexual orientation is the desire towards.   https://outburo.com/understanding-gender-identity-expression-101/ Building your gender-neutral language may seem odd at first, but like all things, the more it is used the more natural it will be.   Max and I discuss how languages that are gendered such as German in where a table is masculine e and a door is feminine creates boundaries for the transgender community.  In many cases, the neural term "their" is used.  However in German "their" is "Sie" and she is "sie".  It is spelled and sounds exactly the same.  The only difference is the capitalization.  Language shapes reality and can I fluence how one perceives themselves.  In languages that use verbs gender, they must take extra care to form inclusive language.  LGBTQ persons are less likely to receive the care they need due to fear of discrimination.  The LGBTQ community experiences life struggles at a greater level and may need more self-care time than other employees.  This was in part the reason Max formed his own company to set his own schedule to have the flexibility to be his healthiest self.  Employers could implement flexible schedules that would benefit all employees and the employer-supported by numerous studies. To connect with Max find him on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/max/ Join me and Bruce on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices.  https://www.OutBuro.com Would you like to be featured like this? Contact the host Dennis Velco.  https://outburo.com/profile/dennisvelco/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/outburo/message
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