The Forum on LGBT and Disability Issues, was held at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of The White House on Thursday, June 19, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. EST. Participants discussed topics of importance to the LGBT and disability communities with Obama Administration officials and community leaders. The event also featured remarks by EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez, and actress and advocate Geri Jewell.
Jewell spoke exclusively with Highlight Hollywood this week about the event. “As I was flying back to L.A., I was still in a highly emotional state, thinking about this important, historical forum that I was so honored to be a part of yesterday at the White House. Having the LGBT and Disability alliances come together with the common good of celebrating who we are, not what we are – and recognizing that in our diversity, we have more sameness than differences – and together we have more power, giving all of us more opportunity to live our lives to the fullest. I am moved beyond measure and reminded not to give up the dream
or the journey of oneness,” said Ms. Jewell.
Adding, “As my character, Cousin Geri said three decades ago on the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life – “Questions don’t hurt, ignorance does.” The other day at the White House, lives and viewswere shared, questions were asked, and any ignorance began a process of knowledge and understanding.”
Geri is one of the most amazing women in Hollywood. There is no better ambassador for truth, she lives it.