053: Learn How to Virtually Connect LGBTQ+ Communities with Andy Cramer & Al Farmer, Founders of Alternative Spaces

Andy & Al Cramer are best friends, and partners in business, and in life. Their journey together began nearly 20 years ago when they created the bold vision of developing the website, gay.net. The goal of this business was to pioneer an interactive online service connecting LGBTQ folks virtually for the first time. With some hearts, smarts, guts, and luck powered by the internet, they busted down the walls of social isolation for many LGBTQ folks, connecting millions of rainbow family members. For over 40 years and counting, they continue to remain engaged in the LGBTQ movement for social justice, making positive change through expanding economic opportunities for the community through entrepreneurship ventures.

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Questions Answered in this Episode

·      Who are Andy and Al, and what does their business do?

·      What motivated this dynamic duo to start their own business together?

·      How do they empower LGBTQ communities through business?

·      How can you get in touch with them?

Resources Shared in this Episode

·      Visit Andy & Al’s Website

·      Read their profile in the Advocate

·      Contact Andy and Al Here

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Rhodes Perry

Rhodes Perry is a nationally recognized expert on LGBTQ and social justice public policy matters, with two decades of leadership experience innovating strategy management, policy and program solutions for corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. At his core, Rhodes is an entrepreneur, where he most recently established Rhodes Perry Consulting, LLC, a national diversity and inclusion consulting firm that uses an intersectional approach to collaborate with leaders on creating solutions in the practice areas of strategy management, issue advocacy, and stakeholder engagement. Previously, Rhodes founded the Office of LGBTQ Policy & Practice at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, and prior to this assignment he served as the founding Director of Policy at PFLAG National where he led the policy strategy and advocacy efforts for the organization’s 350 chapters. He cut his teeth serving as a Program Examiner at the White House Office of Management & Budget, where he improved upon federal benefit programs designed to provide assistance to low-income communities. Rhodes earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Gender Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and obtained a Master of Public Administration from New York University.