Sixth Annual Gay & Lesbian Wedding Expo in Philadelphia!
We invite you and your partner to join us at our 6th Annual LGBT Wedding Expo in the Philadelphia area - meet over 30 gay-friendly wedding professionals and mingle with other couples, allies & friends as you begin planning the ceremony or reception you've been dreaming of!
Select Exhibitors will include: Photographers, Videographers, Reception Venues, Event Planners, DJs, Officiants, Transportation Services, Jewelers, Realtors, Legal Advisors & more!
Fabulous Raffle Giveaways, LGBT-specific Planning Trends & New Surprises!
Key Note Speaker! Adrian Shanker,
President of Equality Pennsylvania
(read below for more information about Adrian's important contributions on behalf of LGBT equality in PA!)
Also: An informative presentation by Angela Giampolo, of Giampolo Law Group! Important details about protecting your commitment and your family!
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About the Keynote Speaker
Adrian Shanker is President of Equality Pennsylvania, the statewide political organization advocating for equality for the LGBT community. He previously served as Vice President of Pennsylvania Diversity Network, the regional LGBT advocacy organization in northeast PA, and served at the appointment of Mayor Ed Pawlowski as Vice Chair of Human Relations Commission of the City of Allentown, the city agency charged with enforcement of their civil rights laws.
Shanker has led successful campaigns to win a non-discrimination law in Bethlehem, PA; LGBT relationship recognition in Allentown and Easton, PA; and Gender Neutral Housing at Muhlenberg College. Adrian was also the Research Assistant on the first edition of the “GENIUS Index” (Gender Equality National Index of Universities and Schools), which was published in 2006 by the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition, under the direction of Riki Wilchins.
At the request of Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Adrian provided testimony to the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Law and Government regarding the passage of their landmark, “Equal Benefits Bill” and he has also testified in Whitemarsh and Cheltenham Townships regarding passage of their municipal non-discrimination ordinances and the Bethlehem Area School District on their Administrative Change to grant Domestic Partner Benefits.
Adrian has also responded publicly to attempts to limit the rights of Pennsylvania’s LGBT youth. He has successfully fought the Bangor Area School District’s attempts to mandate parental notification for students to attend a Gay-Straight Alliance (2011) and the Northampton Area School District in their attempt to bar LGBT students from forming a GSA (2010.)
Further, Adrian is a respected leader in political circles in Pennsylvania. He was a member of Senator Arlen Specter’s LGBT Steering Committee during his final campaign in 2010. In 2012, he was elected as an Alternate Delegate for President Obama to the Democratic National Convention and later that year served on the Personnel Committee on the Transition Team for Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.
In January 2012, The Philadelphia Gay News named him Person of the Year for his success in advancing in LGBT equality at the local level throughout PA. Adrian, and his partner, Brandon, live in Bethlehem, PA.