Fun night with community members, elected officials, and candidates running for office throughout Indiana. The night will feature numerous hors d'oeuvres, drinks, music entertainment, a silent auction, and numerous LGBTQ+ elected officials across the country including Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (PA) and Councilwoman Rosemary Ketchum (WV).
Saturday, February 11th, 2023
6-8 pm ET
Union Hall - Indianapolis Professional Firefighters Local 416
748 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204
6:00 pm Doors Open (Virtual Attendees enter Zoom)
6:00pm-6:45 pm Guests can help themselves to food, drinks, and bid on auction items.
6:45pm Welcome Address
6:55pm Remarks from Senator JD Ford
7:00pm Special Guest Speakers Shay Franco-Clausen
7:35pm Thanks and continue to enjoy the evening!
8pm Join us at Metro for post-event fun!
On Saturday, February 19, we will gather at the Indianapolis Fire Fighters Museum in support of Indiana Stonewall Democrats and our mission of supporting, endorsing, and voting for Democratic candidates that share our values. Your attendance and support of our first annual Love is Love event will not only provide an entertaining evening, but you will be a part of the change we want to see in Indiana. This year, we are excited to present our first-ever Stonewall Champion Award in recognition of the commitment and work towards promoting equality and celebrating diversity within and beyond the LGBTQ+ community.
*All proceeds support candidates up and down the ballot in 2022 through the Indiana Stonewall Democrats Endorsement Fund.*
In honor of Black History Month, we are proud to honor the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus (IBLC) as our first-ever recipient for the caucus' continued efforts to fight for equal opportunities for all Hoosiers.
We are honored to feature these amazing LGBTQ+ leaders at our Love is Love event.
Representative Malcolm Kenyatta currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Philadelphia Delegation and as a member of the Governor’s Taskforce on Suicide Prevention and a host of committee leadership positions. He received a B.A. from Temple University, a M.S. from Drexel University, and completed the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executives in State and Local Government program. As the first openly LGBTQ person of color and one of the youngest members elected to the PA General Assembly, he is deeply committed to creating an equitable and inclusive society.
As a legislator, he has championed proposals to address generational poverty, raise the minimum wage, protect workers' rights, increase access to mental healthcare, common-sense measures to address gun violence, and protect our digital infrastructure.
In 2016 and in 2020, he was elected as Delegate to the Democratic Convention (PA 2nd), both times garnering the second-highest vote total of any delegate in the Commonwealth. He has also appeared on local and national media outlets to discuss systemic poverty, affordable education and childcare, and making government more accountable to citizens. He was subject of an award-winning short documentary about his election run, ‘Going Forward’ produced by Seven Knot Productions, which premiered on ‘The Atlantic Magazine Selects’ in 2018. In 2020 he was chosen by Vice President Joe Biden to give the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention along with a group of other ‘Rising Stars.’ He was one of twenty Electoral College votes cast for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, in Harrisburg on December 14, 2020. He lives in North Philadelphia with his partner Dr. Matthew Miller.
Rosemary Ketchum is a member of the City Council of Wheeling, West Virginia representing Ward 3. Ketchum serves as the Chief Operations Officer of the holistic youth wellness coalition, Edible Mountain. She is a graduate from Wheeling University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. In her work, Rosemary advocates for a range of issues including Racial Justice, Affordable Housing, Homelessness, and Governmental Transparency. In 2020, Rosemary was awarded the Outstanding Young West Virginian award and has since been profiled by several outlets including The Today Show, Time Magazine, and CNN for her work in community organizing and politics.
Our goal in 2022 is to raise more than $12,000 from auction and ticket sales, individual donations, and support from sponsors. The money we raise during Love is Love directly supports the Stonewall Endorsement Fund.
Ann M. Stack, Philanthropist
Congressman André Carson, Congressional District 7
John Hamilton for Mayor of Bloomington
Cindy and Mayor Tom Henry, Fort Wayne
Senator J.D. Ford, Senate District 29
Senator Fady Qaddoura, Senate District 30
Prosecutor Ryan Mears, Marion County
Councillor Vop Osili, Indianapolis District 11
Councillor Kristin Jones, Indianapolis District 16, Candidate for Senate District 46
Councillor Keith Potts, Indianapolis District 2
Chris Becker for Recorder, Candidate for Marion County Recorder
Bruce Hayes & Gerald Ediger
Josh Owens, Former Gubernatorial Candidate
Amy & Les Miller
Amy Levander, Executive Director Hoosier Women Forward
Kristin Kohn, Silver in the City
Patti Yount, DNC Member
Jon Hooker, Central Indiana Building Trades Council
Dave Frye, Indiana Laborers District Council
Barbara Lawrence, Marion County Treasurer
Donald Griffin, Deputy Mayor of Bloomington
Russ Sipes, ISD Board Member
Whitcomb Klinkose Group
George & Jessica Brinson
Jordan & Dustin Nowaskie
Andy & Kami Nielson
Andrea Hunley, Candidate for Senate District 46
Veronica Pejril, Greencastle City Councillor, ISD Board Member
Victoria Wilburn, Candidate for House District 32
Robert Dion, ISD Board Member
E Thomasina Marsili, 8th District Chair, ISD Board Member
Councillor Crista Carlino, Indianapolis District 6
Councillor Ethan Evans, Indianapolis District 4
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Your generosity will help us take our seats at the table.
*Event Safety: Love is Love will follow guidance and enforce recommendations from local health
departments and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding large gatherings to prevent the
spread of COVID-19.*
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