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MCC Hartford

Third Annual Dinner Dance

&

Appreciation Night

"A Night of Diversity"

Saturday, November 13, 2011

Award Presentation and Dancing

Honoring

Jerimarie Liesegang

&

Frank O'Gorman

for their tireless efforts on behalf of the GLBTIQ community

 

 

 

Jerimarie Liesegang

Jerimarie Liesgang, PhD is a long time Connecticut social and political activist. In the late 90s her grassroots activism led to starting Its Time Connecticut which evolved into founding the Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition (CTAC), where she continues to serve as Director. CTAC is dedicated to education, advocacy and activism leading to full equality for Trans persons. Jerimarie is also a co-founder of Queers without Borders, a radical queer blog space that defies spatial, physical, religious, gender, political and all other imposed boundaries. Since 2001, Jerimarie has been a key organizer for the Transgender Day of Remembrance and has been a co-organizer of the five Transgender Lives Conferences hosted to date. She has spoken on many panels, at hearings, presented workshops around Trans issues, authored numerous published articles and has often been quoted in the media. Jerimarie is a strong advocate of multi-issue organizing in the spirit of Audrey Lourdes vision: There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives. Truth be told, it was largely due to Jerimaries dogged determination, leadership and community organizing over the years that An Act Concerning Discrimination was successfully passed then signed into law on October 1, 2011. The LGBTIQ community owes a debt of gratitude for the work of this great advocate, activist and friend.

Frank O'Gorman

Frank O'Gorman is a gay Christian, activist, and a  member of Dignity/USA (until the Hartford chapter disbanded). He is now a member of MCC Hartford, and a convener of People of Faith CT, a faith-based, progressive, activist organization in Connecticut     (www.faithCT.org).                        


Frank served for several years as a Trustee of the Hartford Seminary, from which he graduated in 1999 with an MA in Ministry in Daily Life & Religious Leadership.

Frank also holds degrees in Political Science and Social Work from Central Connecticut State University and in Mass Communication from St. Bonaventure University.

Frank has been instrumental, passionate, and untiring in his efforts to bring a queer Christian perspective to movements for social justice and peace in Hartford, and to build bridges between various activist communities across lines of ideology, race, social class, and religion. 

MCC is a compassionate community of faith, and a spiritual home where all people can experience the liberating love of God.