Focus on Lidia Martinez – Southwest Airlines Community Partner

Lidia S. Martinez is corporate Community Affairs and Grassroots Manager for Southwest Airlines. She has been a strong ally of the LGBT community for years, fostering Southwest’s partnerships with many LGBT organizations across California and the country. Working with her, Southwest Airlines has been a major sponsor for GMCLA’s programs, primarily the it gets better tour – providing unrestricted travel passes for cast members since the tour’s inception in 2013. This year, Southwest is the Presenting Sponsor of GMCLA’s collaboration with the Mexico City Gay Men’s Chorus (El Coro Gay de Ciudad de México), bringing members of their chorus to Los Angeles for a joint performance on October 13, 2018; marking the official beginning of GMCLA’s 40th Anniversary Season.

In addition to her longstanding support to the LGBT community, Lidia currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce; is a Champion for Hispanas Organized for Political Equality and is also on the San Diego State University President’s Latino Advisory Council and the University of California San Diego Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board. She recently finished her Board service to LEAD San Diego and MALDEF.

“Lidia Martinez and Southwest Airlines exemplify what authentic corporate leadership and social responsibility is all about. They are caring, engaged; and truly understand the importance of community investment and support. Absolutely love them.”
– Jonathan Weedman, GMCLA Executive Director

GMCLA is proud to highlight Lidia as our Community Partner for February, and look forward to our future collaborations with Southwest Airlines!  #lidiamartinez  #southwestair

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Hollywood’s LGBTQ history explored with GMCLA’s ‘The Pink Carpet’ concert

By SANDRA BARRERA | Daily News PUBLISHED: June 19, 2018 at 11:28 am

It just made sense.

For its 39th season closer, Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles has decided to put together a concert that explores the portrayals of LGBTQ people on film.

“Our offices are in West Hollywood,” said Joe Nadeau, the group’s artistic director and conductor. “We are surrounded by Hollywood, which is the filmmaking center of the universe.”

Dubbed “The Pink Carpet,” the concert – coming to Glendale’s Alex Theatre for three performances, two on Saturday, June 23 and the last on Sunday, June 24 – takes audiences on a journey from the era of pre-production codes to the modern-day cinema by way of more than 285 voices from across Southern California.

The inspiration for the Gay Men’s Chorus of L.A. show comes from the late Vito Russo’s landmark 1981 book, “The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies,” which later got made into a documentary. It weaves together songs from films with video, narration and show-stopping dance numbers for what Nadeau said is “a unique experience, unlike anything that we’ve ever done before.”

Explore the full article at The Daily News here!