Stonewall Democratic Club presents:
The 2011 Stoney Awards
Sunday, April 10, 2011; 6:00 pm
Universal Sheraton Hotel
333 Universal Hollywood Drivw
Los Angeles, CA
To Purchase Tickets, please visit www.stonewall-dems.org
SPOTLIGHT ON LATINO EQUALITY ALLIANCE
LATINO EQUALITY ALLIANCE
Sheldon Andelson Award
The mission of the Latino Equality Alliance, in part, is to promote liberty, equality, and justice for the Latino LGBT community. Our LGBT issues are: Family acceptance, marriage equality and comprehensive immigration reform that allows for family unification, economic and education opportunities for LGBT immigrants.
The Latino Equality Alliance was born from the Latino community’s response to Proposition 8 in the fall of 2008. The community overwhelmingly voted in favor of the anti-LGBT ballot initiative that changed the California constitution, denying equal marriage rights. The campaign experience and result made clear to the Latino LGBT community the need for specific public education in the Latino community about LGBT people, not just to regain marriage equality, but to effect cultural change and increase the quality of life for LGBT people in our community.
In a post Prop 8 world, it was clear that support for LGBT issues had increased within the Latino community and, because of the large Latino voter block, directed work in our community could make the critical difference for a future ballot initiative. The Latino and people of color voter base is the key to a successful Marriage Equality initiative, and the Los Angeles Latino community is the largest in the state of California.
The Latino Equality Alliance is Latino and LGBT communities working together and understanding and supporting Latino LGBT individuals and issues of important to both communities. Collaborating community organizations create and provide access to resources that improve the quality of life for LGBT Latinos, their families and friends. We seek to empower LGBT Latinos in their own lives, within their families, and in their community. We work to share similar pride and opportunity to others so that we all realize our human potential and happiness.
The Latino Equality Alliance, along with community organizations including The Wall/Las Memorias Project, HONOR PAC, Bienestar Human Services, GLAAD, Lambda Legal, Love Honor Cherish, Gamba Adisa, CHIRLA and others, work to organize the Latino community and to effect cultural change. Working together, we build on more than 40 years of Latino LGBT activism in Los Angeles, and honor our cultural heritage while emulating the political power building history of the Los Angeles Latino community.
Other honorees include: Jane Fonda (yes, she will be there in person), Torie Osborn, Bamby Salcedo, and Stephen Simon