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Businesses in the Community that Support the Community
Marion Coleman, American Airlines, Rockstar Energy Drink, Legacy Community Health Services, and Jason Stuart.
Compiled by Nancy Ford

New ink.
Marion Coleman, frequently the winner of OutSmart’s Gayest and Greatest “Best Businesswoman” award, has decided to return to the printing business with her new firm, Coleman Print Consultants. Coleman, who sold her successful printing business, House of Coleman, in 2006, is once again accepting clients seeking professional printing services. Coleman Print Consultants specializes in campaign materials for political candidates as well as projects for local businesses and charitable organizations. 713/942-9690.

Flying at 15.
American Airlines
celebrated the 15th anniversary of its first employee resource group for its gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and allied employees of American Airlines and American Eagle (GLEAM) with a special reception on June 18 at the C.R. Smith Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. “Valuing and promoting diversity and inclusion among employees is good for our workforce and our customers, smart for our business and, most important, it is the right thing to do as a good corporate citizen,” American’s vice president of Diversity and Leadership Strategies, Denise Lynn said. aa.com/rainbow.

Charitable buzz.
Rockstar Energy Drink
chief executive officer Russell Weiner announced in June an expansion of the company’s LGBT corporate policies as well as a sizable donation to LGBT charities. The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), The Trevor Project, and the National LGBT Bloggers Initiative will share the donation. “We want to make clear today that our company fully supports our LGBT employees and our LGBT customers,” Weiner said, adding that the company already offers domestic partnership benefits to LGBT employees, a policy that has been in place since Rockstar was founded in 2000. rockstar69.com.

Expanding legacy.

LegacyAccepts
Dr. Richard Beech (r) of Legacy accepts a $5,000 check from AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

Legacy Community Health Services has announced the addition of Dr. Richard Beech II as its new chief medical officer. “We are pleased to have Dr. Beech joining us at Legacy. His experience and knowledge in the field of medicine makes him a great asset to our organization,” said Katy Caldwell, executive director of Legacy Community Health Services. Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Beech worked with Depuy Inc., a Johnson & Johnson Company specializing in orthopedics, where he was the director of emerging technology and professional education. legacycommunityhealth.org.

Dr. Richard Beech (r) accepts a $5,000 check from AIDS Healthcare Foundation. With Dr. Beech are (l–r) Congressman Al Green, State Representative Rodney Ellis, and Azul Mares-DelGrasso, field services manager for AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

Seriously funny.
Openly gay stand-up comic and television and film actor Jason Stuart has been named chair of the first Screen Actors Guild LGBT Committee. The purpose of the committee is to provide support to LGBT actors and to educate the membership, the industry, and the public on LGBT actors’ issues, with a focus on ending discrimination against LGBT actors in the workplace. sag.org.

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