Equality California
EQCA to Honor jcpenney, Dr. Royce C. Lin at 2012 San Francisco Equality Awards

2012 Press Releases

January 11, 2011

CONTACT: Rebekah Orr, Equality California
PHONE: 415-498-0847 EMAIL: rebekah@eqca.org

Equality California to Honor jcpenney, Dr. Royce C. Lin at 2012 San Francisco Equality Awards April 14

San Francisco—Equality California (EQCA) today announced honorees and entertainment planned for its 2012 Equality Awards, scheduled for Saturday, April 14. EQCA will honor 110-year-old retailer jcpenney with the 2012 Corporate Responsibility Award and San Francisco physician Dr. Royce C. Lin with the first-ever State Farm Good Neighbor Award. Actor Wilson Cruz will host the gala; singer Thelma Houston and DJ Olga will provide the entertainment for the evening.

“We are thrilled to honor jcpenney for its long-time commitment to fairness and equality and for recognizing that Ellen DeGeneres, a lesbian woman, can and does embody basic American values we all share and want to preserve,” said Equality California Board President Clarissa Filgioun. “Not long ago, gay and transgender people were often ignored or swiftly abandoned by businesses under the threat of attacks from anti-equality extremists. When big brands and business as iconic as jcpenney stand up for what they believe in, while defending people who are gay or transgender, it impacts much more than the specific issue of the moment; it represents a tectonic shift in the public consciousness about issues of equality.”

This year Equality California is pleased to present the first-ever Good Neighbor Award, sponsored by State Farm Insurance, to Dr. Royce C. Lin for his work providing high-quality health care to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, particularly low-income transgender women and people living with HIV/AIDS, through his work at the Tom Waddell Health Center and San Francisco General Hospital's Ward 86. Lin was chosen from a pool of outstanding nominees nominated by members of the public and selected by a committee of Equality California.

“Each day, Dr. Royce Lin provides a lifeline for marginalized gay and transgender people who often lack access to basic health care or for whom a trip to the doctor can be traumatic experience because of a lack of culturally competent health care providers who understand and empathize with the unique health care needs of LGBT people,” said Clarissa Filgioun, Equality California Board President. “Without health, there is no equality. We are proud to join with State Farm Insurance to present Dr. Lin with the Good Neighbor Award for this incredible contribution to the lives and well-being of LGBT Californians.”

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 Facebook, Adam Lambert, Dolores Huerta, Molly Ringwald, Debra Messing, Arianna Huffington, Attorney General Kamala Harris and California Governor Jerry Brown.

What: 2012 San Francisco Equality Awards honoring jcpenney. Including first-ever State Farm Good Neighbor Award honoring San Francisco physician Dr. Royce C. Lin. Hosted by actor and performer Wilson Cruz. Featuring entertainment by Grammy Award-winning artist Thelma Houston and DJ Olga. Tickets, $350. After-party only, $75. 

When: Saturday, April 14.
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 2012 Equality Awards are presented by AT&T and sponsored by State Farm Insurance, Bank of America, Southwest Airlines and Blue Angel Vodka. For more information about the Equality Awards, visitwww.eqcaawards.org. 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 Rebekah Orr at rebekah@eqca.orgor by calling 415-498-0487.

Equality California (EQCA), the largest statewide LGBT advocacy organization in California, works to secure full and lasting equality for and acceptance of LGBT people. Over the past decade, Equality California has partnered with social justice advocates, businesses and legislative leaders to strategically move California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for LGBT people to a state with some of the most comprehensive human rights protections in the nation. Equality California, together with our allies, has successfully sponsored more than 85 pieces of pro-equality legislation. EQCA continues to advance equality through legislative advocacy, electoral work, public education and community empowerment. www.eqca.org