Saturday, October 17, 2015

GLAD Spirit of Justice Award

Janson Wu, Executive Director of GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) presented the Spirit of Justice Award to Jennifer Finney Boylan, the first best-selling transgender author in the U.S. whose writings, teachings & activism have significantly illuminated & articulated the transgender experience. Jennifer Finney Boylan is the author of the best-selling memoir “She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders” & a nationally known advocate for transgender rights. She is also the National co-chair of the board of GLAAD, the LGBT media monitoring organization bringing these two fabulous LGBT organizations together for an evening of celebration & inspiration. Recently I spoke to Jennifer on OUTTAKE VOICES™ about what she would like to see happen for our transgender community stating, “Above all for transgender people the thing we need the most is safety both in our homes & on the streets & access to healthcare. It should not be a matter of luck to whether or not you can live your life with dignity.” One of the highlights of the evening was a standing ovation of over 1000 attendees of the event for Mary Bonauto, GLAD’s Civil Rights Project Director who is the architect of marriage equality in this country. Also speaking at the event was a moving speech by Matthew Barrett who was fire from his job at the Catholic Fontbonne Academy in Milton, Massachusetts because he is gay & Jennifer L. Levi, GLAD Transgender Rights Project Director spoke about how much work we still must do to achieve full equality. This was GLAD’s 16th Annual Spirit of Justice Award, which is the organizations’ largest fundraising event. Over $750,000 was raised.
For More Info:
Listen: Trans Activist Jennifer Finney Boylan Talks LGBT Equality
Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders @OUTTAKE VOICES™



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