New agency name to be announced via video conference


The Triangle Foundation and Michigan Equality leadership are planning to host a live video conference at 11 a.m. May 13 to announce their merged agency's new name.

The two LGBT advocacy groups announced their merger in February, citing economic reasons and a desire to reinvent themselves as a community-focused, statewide effort. Following the announcement, town hall meetings were held to discuss the community's feelings about each organization's work and leadership. A survey was also made available, asking both for input on the focus of the new organization, as well as a vote for the new name.

According to Triangle Fund Development and Communications Director Heidi Lovy, the response was "overwhelmingly" in favor of one name over the other, although some survey-takers voted to stick with one of the old organization names - an option Triangle/Michigan Equality wouldn't consider in their effort to revamp their organization.

The May 13 video conference will also include announcements about the objectives of the new agency, and a chance for community members to ask questions live of the organization's leadership. Registration is not required, and questions can be submitted in advance to Heidi Lovy at heidi@tri.org.

To participate in the live-streamed conference, go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/triangle---michigan-equality.

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