I think many of us consider the Fall a time for beginnings: a new school year, a new season and the beginning of getting back to GSBA programming. Kicking off our Fall Programs are two GSBA favorites: the GSBA Candidate Forum and the GSBA Cocktail Contest, hhmmm, interesting that we want cocktails after elections. Anyway, the GSBA Candidate Forum is the only LGBT Candidate Forum in our community. This year we are covering some City Council and County Council races plus one of the Initiative races. We try and choose races in which there is a strong race and we need more information in order to make an informed decision.
As for the Stoli Cocktail Contest on September 14, this is our Kickoff for the TASTE of GSBA on November 19 at the Sheraton Hotel. The Cocktail Contest is evening of sampling vodka cocktails and voting on which cocktail will be the featured cocktail for the TASTE. Remember, there is no cost to attend, but your entry is one bottle of fine wine to be auctioned off at the TASTE. This year, the TASTE of GSBA, Cinderella, A Journey to Your Dreams, complete with Fairy Godmothers, Princes and Princesses, Wicked Sisters and I think I can already picture you in your fairy tale garb as you enjoy our tastes, entertainment by the 5th Avenue Theatre, sit-down dinner with 4 celebrity chefs and more as you bid on terrific auction items, all to benefit our LGBTQA students.
Oh, and don’t forget October 12, the GSBA Mini-Expo Prime Time at Sodo Park, where you can graze, shop, browse, mix and mingle around 30 member vendors; and then on Oct 19 come together for a business luncheon on youth bullying and how as leaders what you could do to make life safer for our LGBTQ youth. There you have it –your calendar is complete for September, October and November: politics, cocktails, business luncheon, expos, auctions and the TASTE – plus a Young Professional With Pride Mixer and a Women On Top Cocktail Hour to complete your fall lineup.