SHOWBIZ NATION LIVE! Interview with Civil Rights Activist DAVID MIXNER
Civil rights activist DAVID MIXNER discusses his upcoming Chicago show, “Oh, Hell No!” November 13th at the Greenhouse Theater. David also talks about current social and political trends including the changes he was personally championed in his lifelong work on LGTBQ issues. For more information visit pointfoundation.org & davidmixner.com
Author, political strategist, civil rights activist and public affairs advisor David Mixner blogs on his passions: progressive politics, foreign policy, LGBT rights and wildlife advocacy.
Once named by Newsweek as the most powerful gay man in America, David has been a highly regarded leader in American politics and international human rights for over 40 years. He writes daily from Turkey Hollow, his mountain top home in upstate New York.
David wrote the critically acclaimed memoir Stranger Among Friends and co-wrote Brave Journeys with Dennis Bailey, which topped the Los Angeles Times bestseller list. His screenplay with Richard Burns, Dunes of Overveen, won the Outfest MTV Award for Best New Screenplay. In addition, David and Dennis Bailey co-wrote the screenplay Fire in the Soul, which is in pre-production, and a play, the historical drama Jacob’s Ladder.
Additionally, David has written for TIME, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post,The Advocate and other publications.
He was an Executive Producer of the award-winning documentary House on Fire, which highlighted the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the African American community.
Most recently serving as National Chairperson for Representative Richard Gephardt’s campaign for President, David has participated in over 75 campaigns, serving as campaign manager, fundraiser or strategist. Other campaigns include Clinton for President, Hart for President, McGovern for President, Bradley for Mayor, and Brown for Governor and Senate.
David has raised over $30 million for candidates and charity organizations, including well over $1 million for openly gay and lesbian candidates across the country.
David has been an unofficial advisor to elected officials and business leaders on domestic and foreign policy for decades. Today, as a prominent international public affairs/strategic planning consultant with expertise in HIV/AIDS, David is working on access, prevention and treatment projects in Russia, Ukraine and a number of African nations. In addition, he continues his work fighting HIV/AIDS here in the United States.
David has lectured at Oxford, Harvard, Stanford, Princeton and the London School of Economics. Recently, Yale University’s Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies created the David B. Mixner Collection, a catalogue of David’s papers and correspondence from his work as a leading antiwar advocate during the Vietnam War to his participation in present day political campaigns.
Additionally, David is a past member of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Party National Commission on Delegate Selection and Party Reform, Congressional Fund, Municipal Elections Committee of Los Angeles (MECLA), the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund (former National Co-Chair), AIDS Project Los Angeles, Ambassador to the Wilton Park International Conference, the Presidents Salt II Committee, Pro Peace and others.
Join civil rights activist and political insider David Mixner on his metaphorical front porch for a theatrical oral history covering milestones in 20th century lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) history. Appearing with Mixner for this one night only performance of “Oh Hell No!” are Bobby Steggert, Emily Swallow and Chris Bolan. The evening is a benefit for Point Foundation (Point), which provides higher education scholarships, mentoring and leadership training to LGBTQ students.
Thursday, November 13 at 7 p.m.
2257 N Lincoln Ave , Chicago, IL 60614
General Admission: $100. VIP Tickets: $150 (includes admission to after-party)
Limited number of young professional tickets: $75
Ticket Info: bit.ly/OHN-Chi
Mixner, once named by Newsweek as the most powerful gay man in America, gives an intimate, first-person account of LGBT history from the perspective of a man who has lived it; as an activist on the street, to being a trusted adviser to presidents and prime ministers.
“I hope this show will inspire people to discover more about the history and the contributions of the LGBTQ community – especially during October, which is LGBTQ history month,” said David Mixner. “LGBTQ youth must know that they have an incredible history that should fill them with pride, as well as courage, power and dignity.”
“David is a storyteller of great insight and power, as well as a trailblazer for the kind of social justice focused education and advocacy that we expect of Point Scholars,” said Judith Light, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and Point Foundation Honorary Board Member. “Oh Hell No!” is not to be missed by anyone who cares about where the LGBTQ and allied community is going.”
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About Point Foundation: Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Since 2001, Point has invested more than $18 million in the education and support of Point Scholars, making it the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. The Foundation promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development and community service training. pointfoundation.org | facebook/pointfoundation | twitter/pointfoundation | #MixnerOHN