StraightTalk, the bi-annual LGBT conference presented by dot429 and sponsored by FIAT 500 by Gucci,returns to the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York on October 7th and 9th for a weekend of spirited, stimulating conversation with pioneering professionals from the fields of media, entertainment, design and politics.
dot429 is the premier online and in-person professional network for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and our allies. This year’s StraightTalk gathers influential trendsetters and tastemakers to explore topics of pertinence to the LGBTA community. Themes include: Exposure (are we at risk of being overexposed), Resilience (pivot as a state of being in our hyper-changing world), and Meaning (what finding meaning, means now).
Currently scheduled to appear at StraightTalk — with more guests to be announced soon — are Emmy Award winning comedian Bruce Vilanch; men’s fashion design icon John Bartlett; Project RED CEO Deborah Dugan; out gay White House veteran Moe Vela (former Chief of Staff to Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore); and author Laura Albert aka JT LeRoy.
Speakers at the inaugural StraightTalk Conference in March 2011 included “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” activist Lt. Dan Choi; CNN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell; White House correspondent Kerry Eleveld; Saks Fifth Avenue’s Suzanne Johnson; and designer Simon Doonan.
StraightTalk exemplifies dot429’s mission to connect LGBT professionals and allies beyond the online community, to engage them with provocative personalities as they expand their business networks and opportunities. The conference will once again be moderated by talk show host Cathy Brooks.
dot429 is designed to make being gay an advantage in the professional world, by ushering in the next generation of professional networking, and providing a unique on and offline platform for the LGBTA community to connect and expand their existing networks. For more information, visit www.dot429.com.
According to the auto manufacturer, the FIAT 500 was built to satisfy our insatiable love for each day. For FIAT, a company founded in 1899, this was a rebirth. The start of a legend. A modern symbol for Italian design. For more information, visit www.fiatusa.com.