The original music video version of BEN, which Time Magazine's Tim Morrison said was "an astonishing thing by calling out the hip hop world’s endemic homophobia,"
Kaylee Anne Keith, Lion's fiancee, was crowned Miss West Texas in 2011 with the platform "Bullying Awareness and Prevention."
jcpenney ─ Equality Texas Ally Business of the Year. As a company founded on the Golden Rule, jcpenney (http://www.jcpenney.com) is guided by its core value to treat customers as they would like to be treated: Fair and Square. As part of its transformation efforts to become America’s favorite store, the company hired Ellen DeGeneres as its spokesperson. The company was threatened by a boycott from the conservative American Family Association, which demanded that the openly gay DeGeneres be fired as jcpenney’s spokesperson.
When questioned about the boycott in an interview with CBS This Morning, jcpenney chief executive officer Ron Johnson stated, "We stand squarely behind Ellen as our spokesperson and that's a great thing, because she shares the same values that we do in our company." Ellen DeGeneres also addressed the boycott on her show, explaining "Here are the values I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you'd want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values. That's what I stand for."
jcpenney has been a corporate leader for equality for many years, promoting a workplace environment free from discrimination.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden ─ Equality Texas Ally Civic Leaders of the Year. Earlier this month President Obama made history when he publicly supported marriage equality for same sex couples (http://www.whitehouse.gov/
The Ally Awards ceremony takes place on Friday, June 22, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. at the Vendome in Dallas. A truly Texan event where guests will be donning their boots, buckles and 10-gallon hats, the Ally Awards is an evening of unique entertainment, tasty desserts by The Cupcakery and a hosted bar by Tito's Vodka and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, The evening also features prizes including round-trip airfare for two generously donated by Spirit Airlines. Tickets to attend the event are $75-$125 and available for purchase at https://hq-equalityfederation.salsalabs.com/
Equality Texas (http://www.equalitytexas.org) envisions a state where all Texans are treated equally, with dignity and respect, and believe equality is a commitment to:
Equality Texas advocates and lobbies for the elimination of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.
Equality Texas Foundation educates and engages the public about policies and their effect on Texans of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.