Over the summer, AT&T relaunched their annual Live Proud campaign, a program that celebrates awareness, empowerment and pride for the LGBT community. AT&T asked people to enter the AT&T "This Is Me" sweepstakes by creating a 15-second-or-less video that tells the world how they live proud every day. Four winners were selected and won two tickets each to the Out100 Gala in New York City. These are their stories.
Meet Neal Trautloff:
Let's start off with the obvious questions. How was the Out100?
I had a really great time at the Out100, it was a lot of fun.
What was the inspiration behind your video?
My passion for music.
How did you find out about the contest?
AT&T's Facebook page.
Where do you live and what do you do for work?
Chino, CA & I am an Agricultural Manager.
What were your first reactions when you learned you won the contest?
A little disbelief but then huge excitement!
What did you wear to the Out100? Describe your feelings the night of the party.
I wore dress clothes & sport coat. The night of the party I was a bit anxious, not sure what to expect. But once we arrived it was very exhilarating!
Did you chat with anyone particularly interesting that night?
No one in particular, but met a lot of really nice people.
Do you think this year was especially important for the LGBT community? Why?
Yes, there has been a lot of forward movement this year.
Who did you bring with you?
I brought a friend of mine.
If you could choose three words to describe the night, what would they be?