Meet Our 8th Anniversary Benefit Honorees

BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas.  We are thrilled to honor BNP Paribas for its commitment to corporate social responsibility and equal opportunity.  This year, BNP Paribas' legal department became the first corporate legal department to volunteer with TLDEF's Name Change Project, helping us to provide vital legal services to transgender community members.  Not only was BNP Paribas our first corporate law partner, but the Name Change Project was BNP Paribas' first pro bono partnership with a nonprofit law office.  We are delighted to work with BNP Paribas and to honor its commitment to improving the lives of the community members we serve.

Headquartered in Paris, and one of the world's largest banking groups, BNP Paribas has a presence in nearly 80 countries, with 190,000 employees. It ranks highly in its three core activities: Retail Banking, Investment Solutions and Corporate & Investment Banking. In its Corporate & Investment Banking and Investment Solutions activities, BNP Paribas enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas and solid and fast-growing businesses in Asia-Pacific.

Building on a strong tradition of corporate philanthropy and professional ethics, BNP Paribas North America is committed to making a positive impact on society and the environment.  As part of a holistic approach to Corporate Social Responsibility, BNP Paribas strives to finance the economy in a responsible and ethical way, implement sustainable environmental practices, promote diversity and internal mobility, and support civic duty and social inclusion.

BNP Paribas Pride is the company's network for LGBT employees and their allies.  As part of the firm's diversity and inclusion initiatives, the Pride group works together with management, human resources and the bank's Diversity Council to promote and maintain a diverse, inclusive and stimulating work environment where employees are treated with dignity and respect, value is given to differences in thought, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives, and the finest talent is attracted, retained, developed and empowered to succeed.

BNP Paribas offers comprehensive benefits to its LGBT employees, including same sex partner medical benefits, tax equalization on same sex partner medical benefits (reimbursement to off-set additional US federal tax paid by the employee for the same-sex partner benefit) and transgender-inclusive medical coverage.  BNP Paribas scores a perfect 100 in the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index and has been recognized as a best place to work for LGBT people.


Marci Bowers

Marci L. Bowers, MD.  We are delighted to honor Dr. Marci Bowers for her service to the community. Marci is a pelvic and gynecological surgeon with nearly 25 years' experience, and a leading expert in the field of transgender healthcare.

For 8 years she practiced in Trinidad, Colorado where she trained with the legendary Dr. Stanley Biber, considered the “father of transgender surgery.”  In 2010, she relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area and has now performed over 1000 primary Genital Reassignment Surgeries, as well as performing an additional 240 ancillary gender surgeries per year.

Marci has also become an international authority on clitoral reconstruction for women who have suffered Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).  She has been the subject of numerous documentaries, articles and features including appearances on Oprah, CBS Sunday Morning and Discovery Health.  Marci was recently honored to be included in the Guardian’s 2012 World Pride Power List as one of the 100 most influential LGBT people, in addition to being recognized as one of Huffington Post’s 50 Transgender Icons.  


David MixnerDavid Mixner.  We are humbled to honor David Mixner for his lifelong work for justice and equal rights.  David has been involved in public life, policy, business and the arts for over fifty years.  His blog is now in its third  year.

He is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Stranger Among Friends, and the number one bestseller Brave Journeys written with Dennis Bailey.  In addition, they have written two screenplays, numerous articles and a stage play called “Jacobs Ladder.”  David's screenplay written with Richard Burns, Dunes of Overveen, won the Outfest MTV Award for “Best New Screenplay.”  In addition, his screenplay written with Dennis Bailey, Fire in the Soul, is about a romance in 1913 Colorado during the Great Colorado Coalfield War. His third book, “At Home With Myself” was released by Magnus in October 2011.

In July 2011, David appeared off Broadway in a one man show, “From the Front Porch,” which was called “brilliant” by New York Magazine.  He is Executive Producer on the award-winning documentary “House on Fire” which deals with HIV /AIDS in the African American community.

Over the years, David has worked on over seventy-five political campaigns as campaign manager, fundraiser or strategist.  He was national Co-Chair of Congressman Richard Gephardt’s campaign for the Presidency. 

David has raised over $30 million for candidates and charity organizations and nearly $1 million for openly gay and lesbian candidates alone across the country.  He has been an unofficial advisor to numerous elected officials on a number of issues. His reputation as a strategist and implementer is nationally known.  Numerous universities, including Oxford, Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, Princeton, and the London School of Economics have invited him to lecture. Recently he debated at the Oxford Union and received the largest number of votes in that institution’s history. 

David has placed his papers in the “David Mixner Collection” at the Sterling Memorial  Library at Yale University. He has received numerous awards and honors.