June 27, 2019
Jun 27

Chelsea Clinton and Stonewall Inn Owner Kurt Kelly Discuss Historical and Future Fights for LGBTQ+ Equality in Latest Episode of Clinton Foundation Podcast “Why Am I Telling You This?”

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For Immediate Release: June 27, 2019
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Chelsea Clinton and Stonewall Inn Owner Kurt Kelly Discuss Historical and Future Fights for LGBTQ+ Equality in Latest Episode of Clinton Foundation Podcast “Why Am I Telling You This?”

Ahead of tomorrow’s 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, Chelsea Clinton and Kurt Kelly share stories about the history of the Stonewall Inn and the modern LGBTQ+ movement, and how Katie Sgarro – a CGI U alumna – is helping LGBTQ+ asylum seekers find safe, immigrant-friendly services

The latest episode is available to download now on Apple podcasts and other major platforms

NEW YORK -- Today, Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton released the latest episode of “Why Am I Telling You This?” where she sat down with Kurt Kelly, the owner of the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City’s West Village neighborhood. Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, a multi-day series of demonstrations by members of the LGBTQ+ community, that began in the early hours of June 28, 1969, after a police raid of the Stonewall Inn. The uprising and subsequent demonstrations that ensued drew hundreds of supporters and jumpstarted a new chapter of activism and advocacy in the fight for LGBTQ+ equality – a fight that’s still going on today, half a century later.

In the episode, Chelsea and Kurt discuss the history of the Stonewall Inn, the modern LGBTQ+ movement, NYPD’s first formal apology for the raid, and how the Stonewall Gives Back Initiative is mobilizing LGBTQ+ communities in the United States. Additionally, Chelsea sat down with Katie Sgarro, an alumna of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) who is helping LGBTQ+ asylum seekers find safe, immigrant-friendly services through her organization, AsylumConnect. CGI U is a Clinton Foundation program that engages college students around the world in addressing pressing societal and environmental issues through leadership development, social impact projects, skills training, and a global community of support. Katie’s CGI U commitment led to the advancement of the first online resource database of its kind in the United States.

For tomorrow’s anniversary, Chelsea Clinton will be speaking at the Stonewall Day celebration, hosted by Pride Live, at the Stonewall Inn. For more information about this event, please visit pridelive.org.

To listen to the latest episode, visit the “Why Am I Telling You This?” page on Apple podcasts. The first two episodes of the podcast featured President Bill Clinton with chef, humanitarian, and Clinton Foundation partner José Andrés, sharing stories of working in Haiti, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Mozambique; and Chelsea Clinton speaking with child literacy experts about ways parents can help promote their children’s early brain development and prepare them for success in school. The podcast is a co-production of the Clinton Foundation and At Will Media, published without commercials, and available without a subscription fee now on Apple Podcasts and other podcast platforms.

“Why Am I Telling You This?” features conversations with President Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Clinton Foundation staff, partners, and special guests. Drawing on their own experiences, they share stories of the people, issues, and events that have shaped our world and the Clinton Foundation’s work - and why we should be optimistic about the future. The series covers issues related to the Foundation’s work -- upcoming episodes touch on how to combat climate change and the opioid crisis; conversations on global leadership; reflections on the Clinton Administration; and President Clinton’s wide range of interests and well-known intellectual curiosity.

Upcoming episodes will feature guests former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy; Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder and chief strategist of Partners in Health; Dawn Staley, American basketball Hall of Fame player and coach; members of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program; Clinton Global Initiative University students; and senior members of the Clinton Administration as well as artists, authors and celebrities active in philanthropy.

For more details on the launch of “Why Am I Telling You This?” please click here.


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About the Clinton Foundation

Building on a lifetime of public service, President Clinton established the Clinton Foundation on the simple belief that everyone deserves a chance to succeed, everyone has a responsibility to act, and we all do better when we work together. For nearly two decades, that premise has energized the work of the Foundation in overcoming complex challenges and improving the lives of people across the United States and around the world.

As an operating foundation, we work on issues directly or with strategic partners from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors to create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service. Our programs are designed to make a real difference today while serving as proven models for tomorrow. The goal of every effort is to use available resources to get better results faster – at the lowest possible cost.

We firmly believe that when diverse groups of people bring resources together in the spirit of true cooperation, transformative ideas will emerge to drive life-changing action.

About At Will Media

Founded in 2015 by CEO Will Malnati, At Will Media is a full-service media company based in Manhattan and Los Angeles. With over 50 years of combined experience, At Will Media sets the pace for the podcast industry as a partner for branded content and a hub for successful and critically acclaimed originals. From podcasts to custom Amazon Alexa Skills, At Will Media powers and produces shows for high-profile clients such as GQ, Morgan Stanley, Town & Country, WeWork, Viacom, 1 Hotels, and more.  The firm notably went on to produce the first daily audio product by L’Oréal and Hearst Beauty for Amazon’s Alexa. 2019 saw AWM receive a nomination in the category of “Best Branded Podcast” at the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards for The Atlantic Magazine’s podcast The Future According to Now, Season 2.  At Will Media' executive team is headed by entrepreneur Will Malnati, Glee actress and Emmy/Tony-award winner Jenna Ushkowitz, former Twitter exec Julie Martin and Audible alum Mitch Bluestein.