EQCA
Equality California
San Francisco State Farm Good Neighbor Award Nominations Open
San Francisco State Farm Good Neighbor Award Nominations Open

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 7, 2014
CONTACT: Jesse Melgar
PHONE: 323.848.9801 ext. 207 EMAIL: jesse@eqca.org

Equality California Calls For San Francisco 'Good Neighbor' Equality Award Nominations to Honor Unsung Heroes of the LGBT Community

Call for Nominations is Open for Award to Recognize Local Grassroots Leaders

(San Francisco) Equality California has partnered with State Farm Insurance to honor a San Francisco-area grassroots activist who has made a difference in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Californians. The organization has officially launched a public "call for nominations" for this important award.

Last year’s winner, Madeleine Lim, escaped persecution in Singapore, where it is still illegal to be openly gay, and moved to San Francisco, where she founded the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project. She currently serves as QWOCMAP’s executive and artistic director, and as an award-winning filmmaker has had her work shown on PBS and at international festivals all over the world.

"Our movement is built on the backs of community members who quietly do the vast majority of day-to-day work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Californians. We can't win without the passion and dedication of grassroots activists nourishing our neighborhoods and sustaining our momentum, and this is our chance to celebrate their work," said John O'Connor, Equality California executive director. "We are proud to partner with State Farm Insurance to recognize the unsung heroes and good neighbors throughout our state on a bigger stage."

Supporters of equality throughout California may submit nominations by visiting:
eqcaawards.org/san-francisco/good-neighbor-award/. Submissions must be received no later than March 17.

To encourage nominations, EQCA will award a pair of complimentary tickets to the San Francisco Equality Awards ($700 value) to the individual whose nominee is selected for the award.*

The 2014 Equality Awards are made possible in part by Statewide Presenting Sponsor AT&T, Statewide Reception Sponsor State Farm Insurance and Statewide SponsorSouthwest Airlines.

For more information about tickets to or sponsorship of the 2014 Equality Awards visit eqcaawards.org/san-francisco/.

*Note: in the event that multiple individuals nominate the same person, each of those individuals will be entered into a drawing to determine which nominator will receive the complimentary tickets to the San Francisco Equality Awards.

Equality California (EQCA) is the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy organization in California. Over the past decade, Equality California has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to a state with some of the most comprehensive human rights protections in the nation. Equality California has partnered with legislators to successfully sponsor more than 90 pieces of pro-equality legislation. EQCA continues to advance equality through legislative advocacy, electoral work, public education and community empowerment. www.eqca.org

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