On Saturday, September 23rd OutRight Action International (OutRight) will launch the inaugural Crush Out, bringing together the wine country’s LGBTIQ community and allies for the first time to support equality on a global, national, and local scale. The benefit hosted by the historic Trione Vineyards & Winery will support the work of OutRight, the National LGBTQ Task Force as well as Positive Images, which serves youth in Sonoma County.
“Our community is most adversely affected by discrimination and violence globally, but with the current administration’s hateful agenda, we are looking at setbacks nationally as well,” states Executive Director Jessica Stern. “We’re proud to stand united in support of LGBTIQ rights from the local to the global.”
Supporters from Sonoma, Napa, the San Francisco Bay Area and across California will enjoy the stunning views and festive atmosphere of the Trione Winery’s celebrated stone barn from 5 to 8pm. Proceeds from the event will sustain the work of these critical organizations to advance the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people in each respective arena, working across borders for equality.
“As we work across the globe, we are committed to activism within smaller communities,” states Stern, “and the outpouring of support we have received already from Wine Country shows how local communities can affect global change.”
In addition to food and wine pairings, featuring outstanding Trione wines, attendees will bid on silent auction items featuring local wine, artisan spirits, art, and travel opportunities funded by local businesses. Culminating the celebration, the benefit will feature a throwback to the “Tea Dance,” a late afternoon dance party as participants enjoy a beautiful Saturday evening in the Alexander Valley of Sonoma County.
Link to tickets here: https://www.outrightinternational.org/crush-out-2017
Donation page: https://www.outrightinternational.org/crushoutinlieu