Photo: Mark Hill Photography

SOJOURN is thrilled to announce

Bex Taylor-Klaus

The 2019 Michael Jay Kinsler Rainmaker Award Honoree

 On March 9, 2019, SOJOURN will be “up all night to get lucky” at Purim Off Ponce, Atlanta’s best costume party!

Once again, hundreds of  gender and sexually diverse (GSD) people and their allies will come together to celebrate SOJOURN’s work -- affirming and empowering GSD people across the South.

A 24 year-old Atlanta native, Bex is boldly using her platform as an actor to bring gender and sexually diverse characters into the light, empowering fans to come to terms with their own gender fluidity. “There’s so much in this world telling you to be something different and that’s so detrimental. I’d rather have kids see something and go, ‘It’s okay to be me.’ ”

Bex’s connection to SOJOURN started years before she came out, when her best friend, Lili, asked her to join her bat mitzvah service project with The Rainbow Center/SOJOURN. Lili, Bex and a group of friends learned how to facilitate discussions with their peers to prevent bullying GSD people. 

Last year, SOJOURN broke new records with a sold-out event that brought together over 450 attendees, including 166 hosts, who generously gave over $100,000 and grew SOJOURN’s revenue by more than 100 percent from the year before.

All proceeds from Purim off Ponce support the important work of SOJOURN, including our nationally recognized curricula for community-based training and education for gender and sexually diverse (GSD) inclusion and suicide prevention.

Like Daft Punk sang in “Get Lucky:”

What keeps the planet spinning

The force of love beginning

We’ve come toO far to give up who we are

So let’s raise the bar and our cups to the stars

 

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Come try your luck with SOJOURN at Purim Off Ponce on March 9, 2019 from 7:00-11pm at The Temple. 21+.

Tickets To Purim Off Ponce go on sale January 1, 2019.

PAST SOJOURN RAINMAKER AWARD RECIPIENTS

2007 - Leslie Levy, Rhoda Margolis, and Barbara Katz
2008 - Leanne Rubenstein
2009 - Gus Kaufman
2010 - Rabbi Joshua Lesser
2011 - Charlie Chasen and Beverly Korfin
2012 - Owen Halpern z’’l
2013 - Sylvia Gross
2014 - Rabbi Loren Lapidus and Rabbi Bradley Levenberg
2015 - Dan Bloom & Barry Golivesky
2016 - Jeff Graham                                                                                                                                                                                                2017 - Rabbi Pamela Gottfried & Rabbi Michael Bernstein                                                                                                                             2018 - Judy Marx & Billy Planer

 

About the Michael Jay Kinsler Rainmaker Award

 

Michael Jay Kinsler’s family video tribute narrated by his mother, Margaret Kinsler Shainker, z”ll.

In 2014, the Rainmaker Award was renamed in honor of Michael Jay Kinsler. Michael was an active member of Congregation Bet Haverim and the Atlanta LGBT community and dedicated much of his life to ensuring that gay and lesbian Jews had a place to worship where they could find solace and pride. We hope to honor Michael's legacy of inclusion and action for many years to come.