Jupiter-based Clicking In Forum will hold a panel discussion on the impact of LGBT organizations and people on businesses and the community in Palm Beach County.
The event will be held on Monday, Nov. 30 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside, 122 Soundings Ave., Jupiter. There will be a special performance by the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s Youth Touring Company. Appetizers and beverages will be served. Tickets are $45 and may be purchased via the web link, ClickingIn.org.
Long-time friend to the gay community, Maltz-Jupiter Theatre is co-sponsoring the event.
“We’ve been holding forums for about five years and have not had one on LGBT issues,” said Lani Click, founder and president of Clicking In Forum. “It’s time to introduce the gay community up here.”
“The Maltz’s annual gay night is the only LGBT specific event that I’m aware of in this part of the county,” said Maltz Marketing Director, Jennifer Sardone-Shiner. “Lani and I were talking one day and decided we should do more to educate the north county.”
The panel is comprised of LGBT professionals from a variety of fields starting with panel moderator Tim Luke, professional auctioneer and appraiser who, after 25 years experience, including an extensive list of television appearances, is now President and Co-owner of TreasureQuest Group, Inc., an auction, event and appraisal business.
Panelists include the Rev. Dr. Lea Brown, Senior Pastor at the Metropolitan Community Church of the Palm Beaches; Peter Gloggner, VP and Chief HR Officer with Jupiter Medical Center; Rand Hoch, Attorney and Founder of Palm Beach County Human Rights Council; PJ Layng, VP of Philanthropy for the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida; Julie Seaver, Community Center Director at Compass; and Scott Simmons, author, photographer, and Staff Writer for the Florida Weekly.
According to Click, she hopes to make a difference by educating local leaders, business partners and members of the community about such things as state and national civil rights, the impact of marriage equality, marketing to the LGBT community, and more.
“I have always lived my life by the Ghandi principal, ‘Be the change you want to see in the world,’” said Luke. “That was very much part of the reason my husband (Greg Strahm) and I got married in 2009.”
“And I must say I’m amazed at the amount of change that has happened so fast,” he continued. “At the end of the day we’re all just people and we should all have the right to put our best foot forward.”
“I’m excited that the forum will be bringing together people from diverse fields who want to learn to be the change they’d like to see.”
According to Click she plans to hold more events focusing on LGBT people. She has already booked former US Representative Mark Foley for a conversation on Feb 26, 2016 at the Colony Hotel.
“He was originally scheduled for the panel,” said Click. “But he had to withdraw due to a schedule conflict and we agreed that it would be better to feature him in a dialogue with an audience.”
“We hope we’ll have good participation from both gay and straight people,” she added. “We have to stop being afraid to learn and this is a great way to start.”
Other sponsors of the event include: The Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside; The Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts; The David F. Click Law Office; Click Capital Management; Certified Technical Solutions; Walter L. Smith, III; Palm Tri Designs