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Both Albert and Mock shared wisdom they had learned from their experiences. Mock insisted that the LBGT community needed to check its own prejudices and biases. She never credited herself as a spokesperson for those who are transgender. She said she had gone beyond her sex; she was "a daughter, a writer, a lover, a friend and she had transcended many things in life and chose to live her own life under her own terms," never perceiving herself, as some do, as having "a medical condition."
On the other hand, Albert discussed the universal issue of how does one take "problems of the soul and spirit and transform them into worlds where people can see and understand, by using our craft and skill?" She affirmed, "it is through the writer's craft that you care. Through the craft, it sticks and people are moved and it changes the world. It's the craft that touches people." She ended by reminding the audience of the necessity of supporting one another inspired by Oscar Wilde's comments as he entered prison, persecuted for his homosexuality. "Without love, what will become of the soul? Keep love in your heart as an activist and artist. Tell the truth, but you need to have love in your heart!"
After a lunch break, guests from design and business and entertainment formed two separate panels. Designer John Bartlett, known for his rugged American style and his strong support of animal rights appeared with Deborah Dugan, Chief Executive Officer of RED, a brand designed to engage businesses and consumers to help eliminate AIDS in Africa. John Bartlett discussed the inspiration for beginning his new project which is raising money to help rescue animals which will be euthanized. Deborah Dugan has a passion for helping to end the transmission of AIDS between mothers and their children. She is the CEO of RED through which money is raised to help bring attention to end AIDS in our lifetime, which Deborah believes can be done. On World AIDS Day, December 1, 2011, as a fund raiser, Twitter is being used to engage consumers with their favorite companies, APPLE, Starbucks, etc.
Friday's discussions concluded with Wilson Cruz and Bruce Vilanch both of whom have been in the entertainment industry and are activists for the LGBT community. Vilanch has won awards for his work in support of AIDS and LGBT rights charities. Wilson Cruz, who has played openly gay parts on TV's My so-Called Life and played Angel on Broadway in RENT has advocated for gay youth, especially those of color.Continued on the next page