Equality California
Equality California to Honor State Senator Ricardo Lara and Filmmakers Madeliene Lim, and Benjamin and Peter Bratt
February 12, 2013

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Equality California to Honor State Senator Ricardo Lara and Filmmakers Madeliene Lim, and Benjamin and Peter Bratt

(San Francisco) Equality California today announced honorees and entertainment planned for its 2013 Equality Awards, scheduled for Saturday, February 23. EQCA will honor State Senator Ricardo Lara with the 2013 Leadership Award, and Benjamin and Peter Bratt with the Allies in Media Award. Community activist Madeleine Lim of the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project will receive the State Farm Good Neighbor Award. Singer Frenchie Davis will provide entertainment.

Senator Lara, as chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, was instrumental in passing an audit of California schools to ensure their compliance with anti-bullying and harassment laws, as well as the FAIR Education Act, which updated guidelines for including people with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in social studies classes. Senator Lara is openly gay.

“Senator Ricardo Lara’s is a visionary leader who has worked to end the exclusion of LGBT people from textbooks and is working to make all students safer,” said John O’Connor, Equality California executive director. “We’re thrilled to honor him for his work in building a state of equality.”

Peter Bratt wrote and directed, and Benjamin Bratt starred in, “La Mission,” a film about the tension between traditional Latino identity and acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, as well as a paean to the eponymous San Francisco neighborhood.

Madeleine Lim escaped persecution in Singapore, where it is still illegal to be openly LGBT, 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. The State Farm Good Neighbor Award winner is selected from public nominations, and honors grassroots activists working for LGBT equality.

Frenchie Davis is a singer best known for her appearances on American Idol and The Voice, and her extensive musical theater credits, including Rent, Dream Girls and Ain’t Misbehavin’.

Each year, Equality California recognizes individuals and organizations who have made an impact on the movement to secure full and lasting equality for LGBT people at its annual Equality Awards — a series of formal galas and cocktail events held in San Francisco, San Diego, Palm Springs, Los Angeles and Sacramento. Past honorees have included Adam Lambert, Dolores Huerta, Arianna Huffington, Attorney General Kamala Harris and California Governor Jerry Brown.

What: 2012 San Francisco Equality Awards honoring Senator Ricardo Lara, Madeleine Lim, and Benjamin and Peter Bratt. Featuring entertainment from singer Frenchie Davis and an afterparty with DJ Rockaway. Tickets, $350. After-party only, $75.

When: Saturday, February 23. Cocktail reception at 6:00 p.m. Dinner and awards program at 7:30 p.m. After party at 9:00 pm.

Where: The Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason Street

The 2013 Equality Awards are presented by AT&T and sponsored by State Farm Insurance, Wells Fargo and Southwest Airlines. For more information about the Equality Awards, visit www.eqcaawards.org/sanfrancisco. For tickets or sponsorship information, contact Jack Lorenz at jack@eqca.org or by calling 310.266.0502. Direct all media inquiries or credential requests to Steve Roth by emailing steve@outthinkpartners.com or by calling 323-936-1831.

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