SAN DIEGO — Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, will honor singer-songwriter Jason Mraz of San Diego for his commitment to LGBTQ civil rights and social justice at the group’s 2019 San Diego Equality Awards on Friday, June 14. Mraz will receive the Ally Leadership Award and joins additional honorees, Assemblymember Todd Gloria (Vanguard Leadership Award), Nora Vargas of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest (Community Leadership Award) and Darlene Tando, LCSW (Equality Leadership Award).
“I am honored and happy to serve,” said Mraz.
Since 1999, Jason Mraz has been mesmerizing audiences from coffee shops in San Diego to concert venues in Africa to the Grammy Awards, where he has won twice. The artist’s nonprofit, the Jason Mraz Foundation, has promoted inclusive arts education and equality since 2011 and he has been a vocal advocate on issues including LGBTQ equality, conservation, education and combatting human trafficking.
“We’re thrilled to honor such a passionate and dedicated friend to the LGBTQ community at this year’s San Diego Equality Awards,” said Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur. “Through his music and philanthropy, Jason Mraz has proven his commitment to the LGBTQ community and to the diverse communities to which LGBTQ people belong.”
The San Diego Equality Awards will attract more than 600 people to Humphrey’s By The Bay in San Diego for a special 20th anniversary celebration of key leaders who have made an impact on the movement to secure full lived equality for all LGBTQ people. The outdoor gala is one of five annual Equality Awards, with additional events held each year in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Palm Springs. Tickets to the San Diego Equality Awards are available online at eqca.org/equality-awards/san-diego-2019.
Statewide sponsors of the 2019 Equality Awards include AT&T, Edison International, Farmers Insurance, Kaiser Permanente, Gilead, La Crema Wine, Lyft, Sempra Energy, Sutter Health, Southwest, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Uber Eats and Weedmaps. Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck and Latham & Watkins are regional presenting sponsors of the 2019 San Diego Equality Awards.
Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org