Randy W. Berry is the U.S. State Department’s first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons. He arrived in his new post on April 13, 2015. Prior to serving as the Special Envoy, he served as the United States Consul General in Amsterdam. He was United States Consul General in Auckland, New Zealand from 2009 to 2012, and prior to that, Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal from 2007 to 2009. Mr. Berry holds a State Department Superior Honor Award, and is a nine-time Meritorious Honor Award recipient. He speaks Spanish and Arabic.
Dan Bross, Microsoft’s Senior Director of Business and Corporate Responsibility and Executive Director of the Microsoft Technology and Human Rights Center, has a background in public policy and government and public affairs in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. In his current role, Dan works closely with business partners across Microsoft on issues management in the areas of human rights, supply chain management, and corporate governance; stakeholder engagement; strategic third party relationship management; and CSR reporting.
Alan Cumming is a Scottish actor, author, and activist who has appeared in numerous films, television shows and plays. His London stage appearances include Hamlet, the Maniac in Accidental Death of an Anarchist, the lead in Bent, and the National Theatre of Scotland's The Bacchae. On Broadway he has appeared in The Threepenny Opera, as the master of ceremonies in Cabaret (for which he won a Tony Award), Design for Living and a one-man adaptation of Macbeth. His best-known film roles include his performances in Emma, GoldenEye, the Spy Kids trilogy, and X2: X-Men United. Cumming also introduces Masterpiece Mystery! for PBS and appears on The Good Wife, for which he has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and a Satellite Award.
Emmy-winning television star, celebrity stylist, author and fashion designer, Carson Kressley is out to make over the world. Kressley was most recently a “fan-favorite” on ABC’s world-wide hit, Dancing with the Stars and recently headlined as the host of Dancing with the Stars Live in Las Vegas. In 2011, Kressley starred in Carson-Nation, a one-hour reality show which premiered on OWN, The Oprah Winfrey Network. In Carson-Nation, Carson travelled to small towns throughout the U.S., transforming lives one person at a time with his signature heart, humor and style. Previously, Kressley helmed Lifetime's critically acclaimed show How to Look Good Naked and earned a primetime Emmy for his role on Bravo's breakout hit series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.
Crown Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil
Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil runs the charity, The Lakshya Trust, which works with the LGBT community in India. Manavendra is the son and probable heir of the Maharaja of Rajpipla in Gujarat. He was interviewed for a BBC Radio documentary in April 2007, entitled The Gay Prince of Rajiplah, which charted his coming out as a gay man and the HIV/AIDS prevention work of his charity, The Lakshya Trust. The report examined the ground-breaking work of the Trust in training female field workers who educate women married to MSM about safe sex practices. Manvendra also appeared as a guest on Oprah, and was one of three persons featured in the show entitled Gay Around the World. He expressed that he has no regrets about coming out, and that he believes the people of his state respect him for his leadership in preventing and educating on HIV/AIDS.
Gabriella Pizzolo plays "small Alison" in the Tony-award winning “Best Musical” Fun Home. Flying high on her return to Broadway, previously seen as Matilda in Matilda the Musical. Regional credits include Les Misérables (Young Cosette), Ragtime (Little Girl) and Miracle on 34th St. (Susan Walker).