Spectator or Star Player—We can all Help End Bullying in Sports

Featuring professional hockey’s first player to come out as a gay man, former OHL player,

Brock McGillis


Thursday, April 25, 2019 

6:30 – 9 p.m.

(meet & greet at 6:30 ~ panel at 7 p.m. ~ audience Q&A about 8 p.m.) 

Gossip Grill
1220 University Avenue
San Diego, California 92103
RSVP by email with your name and number of guests, plus any special needs to info@lgbtsinthenews.com


Featuring professional hockey’s only player to come out as a gay man, former OHLplayer, Brock McGillis, the forum will be streamed online in front of a live audience via Facebook Live at LGBTs In The News Facebook page, also here at lgbtsinthenews.com (stay tuned for streaming window) and at mosuniverse.com, as well as via Twitter @lgbtsinthenewsThe audience-interactive conversation will focus on ways to end anti-LGBTQ bullying and all other types of bullying in sports where it begins: on playgrounds, in parks, at middle school and high school locker rooms, on athletic fields, on ice rinks, on soccer fields, basketball courts and anywhere young athletes and could-be athletes gather.

Co-headlining this important live event will be pro-golf and human-rights phenom, Maya Reddy.Also featured at the Thursday-evening panel at Gossip Grill in San Diego’s fabulous Hillcrest neighborhood as a prelude to a special game night with the San Diego Seals professional lacrosse team the following Saturday when LGBTQ fans are especially encouraged to attend, is celebrated trans-rights advocate and gifted gymnasts, Sam Moehlig. Don’t miss this very special engagement of LGBTs In The News, America’s best known LGBTQ live-forum panel series, this time presented by You Can Play, the SAG-AFTRA LGBT Actors Committee, and Dr. Bronner’s.

Visibility Partners: SAG-AFTRA LGBTQ Committee, You Can Play, Dr. Bronner’s
San Diego Diplomacy Council, San Diego Press Club, San Diego Gulls, The Lafayette Hotel, Top of the Bay and Trans Family Support Services

Media Partners:The Rage Monthly, The Blunt Post and WEHO Times

Simply email your name , number of guests and any special needs to

To PrEP or not to PrEP?

Live Audience + Nationwide Q&A with Experts on PrEP, the HIV-Preventive Pill 

Saturday, September 22, 2018 – 2 p.m.  

Live from Urban Mo’s in the heart of Hillcrest, San Diego’s Famed LGBTQ Community ~ 308 University Ave, San Diego, 92103 


Highlights at WEHO TimesGay San Diego News and other media outlets.

Facebook Live Video and Selected Photos Below

(Photos by Vito Di Stefano)

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Ben Ryan

Headliner: Benjamin Ryan

Editor at Large, POZ Magazine

More people than ever are asking if, how and when they should take Gilead Sciences’ prescription-only prophylaxis, which is reportedly more than 99 percent effective at preventing new HIV infections.

That’s why LGBTs In The News has gathered a group of PrEP experts who are passionate, supremely informed, casually approachable—and eager to engage with you!

We’re proud to announce, from the worlds of journalism, sex-positivity, community organizing, medicine, HIV prevention and research—as well as peer advocacy, a lineup of panelists for the next engagement of America’s best-known, longest-touring LGBTQ live-discussion panel series… 

Just added: Timothy Ray Brown, “the Berlin Patient,” Lukas Volk, community organizer, Blossom Brown, transgender-health advocate and Los Angeles LGBT Center PrEP navigator, and Susan Little, M.D., professor of Medicine, Dept. of Medicine, Div. of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health at UCSD.


About our Headliner

Benjamin Ryan is editor at large at POZ magazine and its sister publication Hep. Ben covers the science of HIV and hepatitis C. His work has appeared in The New York TimesNew YorkThe NationThe AtlanticThe Marshall ProjectThe Village VoiceQuartz, Out and The Advocate.

For his reporting on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which protects against HIV, Ben Ryan received the 2015 Excellence in HIV/AIDS Coverage Award and a silver medal for health and fitness coverage in 2016 from the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association. Ben has written about PrEP more than any other American journalist, having penned nearly 275 articles on the topic. 

Ben is a sought-after guest for HIV-related panels, has spoken about PrEP on NPR and Sirius Satellite Radio, and has lectured about PrEP at Columbia University. He’s also conducted HIV-related research and written educational campaigns about HIV for Kaiser Family Foundation.

Benjamin Ryan’s personal investment in the HIV field began in 1995 with extensive volunteer work in the public policy department at the Northwest AIDS Foundation in Seattle. He has also volunteered as an HIV test counselor at Columbia University Health Services

He graduated cum laude from Columbia University in 2001, with departmental honors in English and an honors creative writing certificate. 

RSVP to this FREE event by emailing your name and number of guests to info@lgbtsinthenews.com. RSVP now. Seating is limited. Return to lgbtsinthenews.com for links, hashtags, live-streaming, and more information. Questions submitted from around the country via social media will be answered live during the event Sept. 22.

“I take something of an agnostic view, looking for data-driven facts over any kind of an activist agenda. It is not my job to promote PrEP, but to advance an up-to-date understanding of the science behind PrEP. That’s not just the science about how it works for the individual, but research about how it is winding its way into the health care system and how it works on a public-health level. People often ask me, simplistically, if I’m, “pro- or anti-PrEP.” I tell them they’re asking the wrong question.”

Benjamin Ryan

Made possible by the following LGBTs In The News visibility partners…



The SAG-AFTRA National LGBT Actors Committee has supported LGBTs In The News since 2014.   
Engagement Partner: Mo’s Universe Group
Community Partners:
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Email info@lgbtsinthenews.com to join our family of visibility partners who support equality and make vital dialogue happen in the LGBTQ community and beyond.

LGBTQ Community Health: Resolving Disparities, Removing Barriers

Join us Tuesday, May 1 for a no-charge, lunchtime panel engagement in the heart of Costa Mesa’s Irvine-Newport Beach-Santa Ana metroplex region in Orange County, California. A fascinating panel of front-line experts—and of course, our always-fiery LGBTs In The News extended-period audience Q&A segment.

We’ll dispel myths about LGBTQ healthcare, while also revealing some new solutions to disparities and inequities in the delivery of healthcare and wellness services that members of our community face every day across America.

This special engagement is made possible by Radiant Health Centers.


Click here to RSVP and to learn the the time and location of the panel engagement. Box lunch is included—courtesy of LGBTs In The News visibility and engagement partner, Radiant Health Centers.

See you at the May 1, 2018 engagement of LGBTs In The News with Thom Senzee.


Thursday, January 18 in San Diego—Who Can Play? LGBTQ Participation in Professional, Amateur and School Sports


An amazingly diverse panel of accomplished athletes, a top executive leader from professional sports business, join headlining panelist, celebrity sports analyst, NBC writer and comedian, Erin Foley and LGBTs In The News moderator, Thom Senzee for a historic, fascinating and fiery discussion presented by the You Can Play Project

JUST ADDED! Katie Sowers, San Francisco 49ers assistant coach, Outsports’ Female Hero of the Year: Katie Sowers, the NFL’s first openly gay assistant coach

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1220 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103


Meet-and-greet at 6:30 p.m.—panel discussion at 7 p.m. (audience questions at 7:45)

RSVP for free reservations: email your name and number of guests to info@lgbtsinthenews.com (we’ll reply right away with a confirmation.)

This engagement of  LGBTs In The News with Thom Senzee is a preview panel to the San Diego Gulls January 20 Diversity Night Tailgate Party and Game. Check out You Can Play Project’s San Diego Chapter Facebook page for more information about tickets to the game-night events: www.facebook.com/YouCanPlayTeam


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Erin Foley headlines LGBTs In The News January 18 in San Diego

Erin Foley

Comedic actress, comedian, and writer. Erin Foley is the host of Mixologist And A Movie on Lifetime and is a cast member on season one of How to Be A Grown-Up on Tru Tv. As a seasoned comedian, she has her own Comedy Central Presents, as well as having been on Conan O’Brien, @ Midnight, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Lately, Arsenio Hall  and Last Call With Carson Daly . She has performed five times at the Montreal Comedy Festival, the San Francisco Sketch Fest, Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin and Limestone Comedy Festival in Bloomington.

As a writer, Foley wrote on the NBC sitcom, ONE BIG HAPPY and was a consulting producer on Little Funny which debuts in 2017. Foley’s successful comedic podcast Sports Without Balls was recently added to the All Things Comedy network, receiving critical acclaim.

Additionally, Erin has starred in many national commercial campaigns, a guest star appearance in NBC’s Go On, the acclaimed Tribeca Film Fest short Cried Suicide, and even a supporting role in Almost Famous. Her versatility makes her one of the most sought-after women working the comedy scene today.

JUST ADDED! Katie Sowers, San Francisco 49ers assistant coach, Outsports’ Female Hero of the Year: Katie Sowers, the NFL’s first openly gay assistant coach

MATT SAVANT |President of Business Operations the San Diego Gulls American Hockey League Team

SAM JOHNSON |Whittier College Poets Soccer Team (defense)|Northwest and California Regional Speakers Board of the You Can Play Project, in addition to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee of the Sports Equality Foundation

BROOKE SULLIVAN |Team member, San Diego Surge women’s tackle football team |Advocate for increasing welcomed participation in sports by athletes who are transgender

Made Possible with support from:

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‘Queer Celebrity: Challenges, Rewards, & Responsibilities of being Out in Media’

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Click here to email your RSVP with name and number of guests including yourself (no charge admission if you RSVP — $5 suggest donation at the door without RSVP [though no one will be turned away for lack of funds]).






present a live-discussion panel engagement

Thursday, November 2

‘Queer Celebrity: Challenges, Rewards, and Responsibilities of being Out in Media’


Actor-comedian, Jason Stuart

Journalist-activist, Ashlee Marie Preston

Celebrity Interviewer, Joel Martens

PLUS a very special surprise guest you won’t want to miss!


PALM SPRINGS, California—Join veteran journalist, Thom Senzee, founder-moderator of LGBTs In The News, as he welcomes a panel of media and entertainment professionals to the LGBT Community Center of the Desert for a candid, open discussion about the challenges and rewards that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer actors, reporters, anchors, and even reality-television stars, experience—as well as the responsibilities that come with being out of the closet and authentic in the media.

”Less than a year ago, it seemed that as people of gender and sexual diversity, we had on our sides real momentum toward winning full equality with our straight peers,” said Senzee, days before the next engagement of the live-discussion panel series, which originally launched in June, 2013 as the Supreme Court was striking down laws banning same-sex marriage.

“But we’re suddenly facing an anti-equality backlash,” Senzee continued. “Transgender people are losing their rights to serve in the nation’s military. Meanwhile LGBTQ workers have been made less safe by Donald Trump’s and Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice from being fired by employers who just don’t like our orientations or gender identities.”

He believes the topic of the upcoming panel engagement, which will include a conversation about what (if any) responsibilities famous LGBTQ people have to the wider community of gender and sexually diverse people.

“LGBTQ visibility in movies, on television and elsewhere in the media can be a powerful line of defense against the high-placed bigotry we’re seeing in Washington and in other powerful quarters these days,” he said.

The Thursday, November 2 engagement of LGBTs In The News, will be held at the LGBT Center of the Desert in Palm Springs, California. Panelists include actor-comedian Jason Stuart, recipient of the Jose Julio Sarria International Civil Rights Award.

“Ten years ago, I had a part in the film A Day Without a Mexican, about what would happen if one day all the Mexican people disappeared,” Stuart, the son of a Holocaust survivor, wrote in an article published earlier this year in The New York Jewish Week. “A few years later, I was cast in Love is Strange, about gay seniors, health care rights and gay marriage. Two years ago, I was in Tangerine, about a day in the life of two transgender working girls.”

But for Stuart, who cofounded and is co-chair of the Screen Actors Guild’s LGBT Actors Committee (LGBTs In The News’ most enduring visibility partner), the obligation of being an out, gay Hollywood celebrity is about more than accepting gay roles or appearing in films with queer characters.

“I feel that my deep-seated belief that all people — including African Americans, Latinos and the LGBT community deserve equal rights ­­­­— brought me these roles,” he continued. “As a double minority — I came out as gay in 1993 and being a child of a parent of the Holocaust — I developed a special connection to other minorities’ stories, which I try to bring to these roles.”

Stuart and Senzee believe that public figures who are LGBTQ and open about their sexuality, gender identities and gender expressions, offer human faces and relatable voices that can counteract a resurgent anti-equality movement seeking to dehumanize queer people.

“But we must act mindfully, with authenticity and, for some of us, with strategic intent,” Senzee said. “Every civil rights movement is judged under a magnifying glass. Ours is no different. We must be better than the forces of hate—better, kinder, smarter and more dignified.”

Jason Stuart has appeared in more films, television, web series’ and on more stages around the country and throughout the world than would be possible to name here. Among his recent credits are roles in the thriller Diverted Eden and the short film he directed and stars in, Like Father, plus 2016’s record-breaking Sundance independent film, The Birth of a Nation, along with his multitude of other titles, including Judd Apatow’s Love, Entourage and Mentor his streaming series on Amazon (also available on Revry).

Stuart’s fellow panelists include take-no-prisoners trans-rights activist, Ashlee Marie Preston, whose tenure as the nation’s first editor-in-chief of a national news-and-entertainment publication (Wear Your Voice magazine) who is transgender, made history.

Since then, Preston has skyrocketed to the national fore by vocally and boldly holding accountable at live events and in the media, LGBTQ celebrities, not least among them, Caitlyn Jenner, who bask in the comfort of safe spaces made that way by activists such as herself and many of her closest confidants—who then ally themselves with politicians actively engaged in trying to dismantle the equality our community has managed to achieve.

Preston is an inductee to The Root’s list of the 100 Most Influential African Americans of 2017 along with Beyoncé, Jordan Peele, Ana Duvernay, and Solange Knowles. Having been featured on NBC News, noted in the New York Times and asked to write a letter to her younger self by Logo’s NewNowNext, Preston put so much pressure on rapper Charlemagne Tha God after he joked on a radio show about assaulting trans women, that the recording star made a point of coming out strongly opposing violence against transgender people.

 Rounding out the panel is serial celebrity interviewer, Joel Martens, editor-in-chief of The Rage Monthly arts and entertainment magazine. A veteran of past LGBTs In The News panel engagements, Martens has a knack for landing interviews for which competitors scramble. Whether he’s quoting Meryl Streep or chatting on deadline and in depth with Cheyenne Jackson, Martens’ interviews have been the hallmark of the Los Angeles-Orange County and San Diego editions of The Rage Monthly for many years. Martens is well known for eliciting candor and intimacy from his interviewees.

“It may not be a stretch to call Joel Martens the Barbara Walters of LGBTQ media,” said Senzee. “That’s why we’re fortunate to have him on this panel about the challenges, rewards and responsibilities of queer celebrity.”

Having reported in and about the LGBTQ community for decades, LGBTs In The News founder, Thom Senzee understands that visibility, partnerships and celebrity are commodities that can be leveraged to win greater equality for more people on many fronts. A well established yet growing power for good on some of those fronts is the panel series’ newest community partner, AIDS Services Foundation Orange County, which has been working to achieve equal access to health care since 1985.

“We share Thom Senzee’s view that more dialogue is needed in the LGBT community about important issues. Foremost to us are the topics of health equity and the impact of health care disparities on members of the LGBT community,” said Phil Yaeger, Executive Director and CEO of AIDS Services Foundation Orange County. “Bringing influential members of our community together to address these issues and policies is more vital in today’s political and media environment than ever.”

LGBTs In The News with Thom Senzee presents “Queer Celebrity: Challenges, Rewards and Responsibilities of being Out in Media” Thursday, November 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center of the Desert – 1301 North Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA 92262.

RSVP at lgbtsinthenews.com. Suggested $5 donation not required for admission. Proceeds benefit LGBTQ journalism scholarship funds.

The Los Angeles Press Club, SAG-AFTRA and LGBTs In The News present…

Exploring New Frontiers in LGBTQ Media

in an Age of Resistance and Backlash




Thursday Evening, July 27, 2017


rsvp, request more information at info@lgbtsinthenews.com


Panel of West Coast’s Leading LGBTQ Journalists, Columnists Discuss Future of Queer Media

L.A. Press Club’s Finale Event at Historic Steve Allen Theater Before Venue’s Demolition

”Exploring New Frontiers in LGBTQ Media
in an Age of Resistance and Backlash’

LOS ANGELES—LGBTs In The News with Thom Senzee and The Los Angeles Press Club present a panel of America’s most interesting and influential lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media professionals gathering Thursday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Steve Allen Theater for a live discussion and Q&A session titled, “Exploring New Frontiers in LGBTQ Media in an Age of Resistance and Backlash.”

The live-discussion series is sponsored by the SAG-AFTRA LGBT Actors Committee; and this engagement is made possible by The Los Angeles Press Club, Dr. Bronner’s, The Rage Monthly, and All4U Apparel.

Panelists include:

Neal Broverman, executive editor of The Advocate, a newsmagazine and website recognized as America’s foremost authority in serious, LGBTQ-focused journalism. Broverman is also a regular contributor to Los Angeles magazine. His writing has appeared in Curbed, the Los Angeles Times, Angeleno, and USA Today. The Advocate just celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Ashlee Marie Preston, editor-in-chief of Wear Your Voice Magazine, is the first transgender person to be appointed editor-in-chief of a major publication. Preston has been featured by various media outlets including NBC, BuzzFeed, HuffPost, Vice, The Daily Dot, Mic, Upworthy, The Advocate/OUT Magazine(s), and PopSugar.

Karen Ocamb, veteran journalist and former CBS News producer. Ocamb was FrontiersLA’s news editor for many years and now works for the Los Angeles Blade.

Morgan M. Hurley, managing editor of San Diego Community News Network. Hurley is also editor of Gay San Diego and San Diego Downtown News newspapers. She helped launch the online-only San Diego Gay & Lesbian News (sdgln.com) site and served as its assistant editor. Hurley is a decorated veteran of the United States Navy and an inductee of the Benjamin F. Dillingham III LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor.

Vic Gerami, columnist for WeHo Times and manager of events for the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Formerly with the L.A. Weekly, Frontiers Magazine and Voice Media Group, Gerami is an LGBTQ activist and media contributor whose work has been featured in The Advocate, OUT, L.A. Independent, Edge Media Network, Queerty, The Rage Monthly and The Fight. In 2009, he was featured in the Wall Street Journal as a “Leading Gay Activist.” He was noted in the landmark Supreme Court Obergefell v. Hodges case, in which the Court held, in a 5–4 decision, that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples.

Joel Martens, editor-in-chief at The Rage Monthly magazine, which publishes Los Angeles and San Diego editions. Coming to media by way of design, his consulting work has been featured in magazines such as San Diego Home and Garden, Décor and Style. Martens has also made several television appearances, including on ABC-10, Fox Channel 6, and KUSI, as well as syndicated appearances on The Christopher Lowell Show and HGTV’s My First Home.

Moderated by LGBTs In The News founder and veteran journalist, Thom Senzee, the panel will look at how the queer media space has evolved from a time when readers of magazines like The Advocate appreciated their subscriptions arriving in plain, brown, unmarked envelopes in order to conceal their “controversial” content, to today when HereTV and Logo proudly cablecast LGBTQ programming into straight family rooms from Oshkosh, Neb. to Orange County, Calif.

“But the real thrust of this engagement of LGBTs In The News will be how the advent of Donald J. Trump as president of the United States and the empowerment of his largely LGBTQ equality-opposed base threatens to roll back recent gains for our community, and how that impacts our jobs as queer reporters, producers, editors and publishers,” Senzee said.

“With Neal Broverman’s eagle-eye view from the top of LGBTQ media, Ashlee Marie Preston’s unique perspective as a powerful woman of color in the media and a journalist who happens to be trans, Karen Ocamb’s wisdom, astute analytical powers and her experience, plus Morgan Hurley’s journalistic gusto and integrity, combined with Vic Gerami’s uniquely varied skill set and his passion, as well as Joel Marten’s talent and unmatched work ethic—this is a panel of LGBTQ media professionals who will not only lay out the task ahead, but also share ideas about how the LGBTQ press can continue delivering truth to power and comfort to the afflicted.”

Senzee thanks the Los Angeles Press Club, especially its executive director, Diana Ljungaeus, for being longtime supporters of LGBTs In The News and for pioneering and promoting equality in the mainstream media for LGBTQ journalists.

“When Diana told us we had the date saved and that ours would be the final event at the famed Steve Allen Theater, the L.A. Press Club’s longtime event venue and home, I was moved and humbled,” Senzee said. “Diana and the press club have been so kind and generous to the panel series and the LGBTQ community moreover for many years. I’m sorry to see the theater go, but excited to see where the frontier leads.”