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4 things we learned from the 5th Annual @StartOut Awards

If you follow our founder, @kholi, then you already know that the StartOut Awards Show happened at the St. Regis this past Friday (in SF).

Honestly, it was amazing. Even Leslie Jordan's too long stories about Chattanooga. 

But, of course, every moment is one from which we can learn, so - admittedly, without some much needed context - here's what being in the room taught us.

Wolfe Video Founder & CEO, Kathy Wolfe and Khafra & Company Founder, Carrie Y. T. Kholi

Wolfe Video Founder & CEO, Kathy Wolfe and Khafra & Company Founder, Carrie Y. T. Kholi

  1. #BlackLivesMatter (still) - Oh, of course, there were black people in the room. But honestly, a number that could have been counted on 2-4 hands. 
  2. #LesbianLivesMatter - We wouldn't even comment on this if StartOut were one of those other organizations feigning inclusion, while really only working to ensure the wellbeing of wealthy white usually male constituents.  We'd certainly take it for granted that the entire evening was basically the best of the best of the gayest of the gay.
  3. #WomanLivesMatter - Even if we had counted the number of women in the room (and don't get us wrong, there were definitely more than 4 hands worth), we would have eventually been reminded that the number of non-white women was certainly lacking.
  4. "We got a long way to go." - Like a young pop scholar once revealed, sometimes we're not nearly as close to the goal as we think.  StartOut is self-defined as being "driven to inspire all LGBTQ entrepreneurs to achieve new heights." And still, Friday - with its discussions of visibility and progress and full and equal rights - made clear that the full breadth of "all" is a space most catering to the LGBTQ community have yet to reach.

But these lessons are no shade to StartOut.

With a two-tiered membership offering education, research and funding options, mentorship, and a directory of some of the brightest LGBTQ entrepreneurs, StartOut is "a new community of leaders with economic resources and personal support." And like any new community, they need the integration of the rich diversity of their neighbors; they need the illumination of some of their lesser visible immediate community, and they need all of us to hold them accountable - through constructive criticism as well as participation.

Image via StartOut

Image via StartOut

StartOut currently has six chapters across the US, offering a variety of informational meetups and events throughout the calendar year.

Find one. Register for two tickets. Give the extra one to a self-identified POC.

Extra credit if she's a woman.

    #HACKCITYSF - Join us for Hack City’s “Powering the People,”   an evening to connect with our neighbors, talk about how environmental sustainability touches each of us and name community-wide pain points in order to create real change.     We’ll also explore the ways that technology - and more specifically hacking - can be leveraged to that end + HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED.    Schedule Overview    7:00 pm Arrive, grab drinks and noshes  7:30 pm Introductions  8:00 pm Community mingling, challenge discovery, & mural creation  8:30 pm Wrap up and share out  9:00 pm Event Ends  All attendees are encouraged to contribute to a visual display of community needs to be exhibited in Betti Ono Gallery after “Powering the People.”  ** PROUDLY SPONSORED BY CAFE GABRIELA**  FIND OUT MORE & RSVP via Eventbrite:  http://  hackcity-efbevent.eventbrit  e.com/

    #HACKCITYSF - Join us for Hack City’s “Powering the People,” an evening to connect with our neighbors, talk about how environmental sustainability touches each of us and name community-wide pain points in order to create real change. 

    We’ll also explore the ways that technology - and more specifically hacking - can be leveraged to that end + HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED.

    Schedule Overview 
    7:00 pm Arrive, grab drinks and noshes 
    7:30 pm Introductions 
    8:00 pm Community mingling, challenge discovery, & mural creation 
    8:30 pm Wrap up and share out 
    9:00 pm Event Ends

    All attendees are encouraged to contribute to a visual display of community needs to be exhibited in Betti Ono Gallery after “Powering the People.”

    ** PROUDLY SPONSORED BY CAFE GABRIELA**

    FIND OUT MORE & RSVP via Eventbrite:
    http://hackcity-efbevent.eventbrite.com/

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    We don’t always tell you to support folks … but when we do, we make sure we connect you with thoughtful projects seeking to build dreams and make change.  

    Long story short, we got to hang out behind the scenes of a recent Kickstarter launch party … and we knew we’d found something worth sharing!

    Enter, Oak Street Style’s Born Free Project.

    The BORN FREE project is the brainchild of Chun-Mui Miller, founder of Oak Street Style, a creative media agency based in Oakland, CA.  OSS has been invited this fall 2013 to Johannesburg, SA for STR.CRD  one of the largest international street culture festivals in Africa.

    OSS will be documenting the street style of the event and the street culture of SA, telling the stories of real people and those who inspire thru their unique individual expression of personal style. Real people. Real style. Real Inspiration. 

    We got to hang out at the Born Free Kickstarter launch party … and of course we wanted to share!

    Learn more about the BORN FREE project and how you can get involved with their amazing Kickstarter campaign HERE.

    + Check out Chun Mui’s signature style story HERE.

    SF design week presents PRET-A-PORTER end of fashion week mixer! 
   
 SFFAMA is giving you the chance to brush shoulders with the most influential fashion creators in Northern California. Its an evening to see and be seen…so what to wear? 
   
 Cocktail dresses with accessories maybe? 
   
 Bright colors with a print? 
 We’ll be dressing a few folks for the events, and   we’d love to help you too!   
 Whatever you choose, remember to wear the clothes.  Don’t let them wear you.

    SF design week presents PRET-A-PORTER end of fashion week mixer!

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    SFFAMA is giving you the chance to brush shoulders with the most influential fashion creators in Northern California. Its an evening to see and be seen…so what to wear?

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    Cocktail dresses with accessories maybe?

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    Bright colors with a print?

    We’ll be dressing a few folks for the events, and we’d love to help you too!

    Whatever you choose, remember to wear the clothes.  Don’t let them wear you.