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Wall Street Leaders, LGBT Activists Meet on Davos Panel: VIDEO


CNN's Fareed Zakaria led a HuffPost and Microsoft sponsored panel on LGBT rights at the World Economic Forum in Davos which included  J-FLAG Executive Director Dane Lewis, Russian and American journalist Masha Gessen, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin, Elliott Management Corporation founder Paul Singer, Third Point founder Dan Loeb and Alice Nkom, a lawyer and LGBT activist from Cameroon.

Watch the panel, AFTER THE JUMP...

The NYT reported on the panel, noting "the seeming unlikelihood that prominent investors would take a stand on gay rights":

Mr. Singer recounted how his son told him he was gay at the age of 21, prompting him to examine the issue of gay rights. Despite being one of the biggest donors to the Republican party — as the host, the journalist Fareed Zakaria, jokingly put it, the financier is both politically conservative and “really rich” — he has become one of the most active gay marriage proponents in finance.

When asked if he used his influence on politicians to push a pro-gay-marriage agenda, however, Mr. Singer demurred. But he added that would-be political beneficiaries are aware of his work.

“I don’t try to proselytize,” he said. “But they know that winning is better than losing.”

Mr. Singer reserved his highest praise for the panel that preceded his at the breakfast: Masha Gessen, a Russian lesbian activist who plans to move her family to the United States to avoid persecution; Alice Nkom, a lawyer from Cameroon who works alone to avoid endangering potential colleagues; and Dane Lewis, the head of the Jamaican advocacy group J-FLAG.

Watch the panel, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I have high hopes for a consortium of billionaires who vowed not to let political pressure influence their actions and then named Mark Zuckerberg's sister a "Young Global Leader."

    Posted by: RomanHans | Jan 23, 2014 1:35:15 PM

  2. Who's that neocon sitting right in the lower center screen?

    Posted by: Gus | Jan 23, 2014 1:48:06 PM

  3. This is important news...money is needed to fight against homophobia around the world..I wish this got more attention from mainstream news sites...


    Posted by: George F | Jan 23, 2014 1:52:00 PM

  4. Shame on them for allowing Masha Gessen on that panel. I understand that they needed a Russian, but this is the woman who trashed the marriage equality last year, making wild claims that were quickly picked up by the Christian press and used against gay families. Gesson is a self-described "queer" activist, and like most "queer" activists and "queer" theorists, she regularly makes statements which are anti-gay, albeit dressed up in progressive verbiage. Now that the sh#t has hit the fan in Russia, she is frantically trying to drop her "queer" persona and recast herself as a good old fashioned lesbian. Unless she apologizes, I say to hell with her.

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 23, 2014 2:54:52 PM

  5. Wall Street is the enemy of the common man. Economic inequality is it's middle name.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 23, 2014 3:54:57 PM

  6. Excellent conversation, and exactly the work necessary in order to create impact globally. The underlying reference to 'ignorance' of populations, easily influenced by others (American 'religious' based individuals and organizations) not only holds back progress, but turn back progress. Holding an event like this, in the midst of the major event which is Davos, will create a place at the big table in the near future. As it must. It's easy to find fault with the workings of the world, events like Davos, exclusive conversations. Our being represented, and connect within is exactly how progress moves not only faster, but more firmly rooted in solid ground.

    Posted by: RexT | Jan 24, 2014 6:19:32 PM

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