Friday, June 26, 2009

CA Faith For Equality's Kerry Chaplin honored by LA City Council as one of the "New Faces of LGBT Movement".

The Los Angeles City Council held its 3rd Annual LGBT Pride Celebration on Friday, June 26 at Los Angeles City Hall.

This year's theme for the celebration was, "Faces of the New LGBT Movement," which honored new leaders and the growing diversity of the LGBT civil rights movement.Councilmember Bill Rosendahl lead the event.

In addition to Kerry Chaplin, honorees included: Lt. Dan Choi, U.S. Army, Lisa Powell, Black Lesbians United, Javier Angulo, HONOR PAC, Dahlia Ferlito, Equal Action, Vincent Jones, Liberty Hill, Phillip Minton, Unite the Fight/OutWest, Morgan Early, COLAGE. Jake Finney, Gender Justice LA, Eddie Martinez, Latino Equality Alliance and API Equality-LA .

“As CA Faith for Equality’s Interfaith Organizing Director," said Chaplin, "I am honored to receive this award from LA City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl. Awards may buoy us to continue our work, but they do not mean we’ve accomplished our goals. The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement has a difficult and historic path ahead, but led by families, people of color and people of faith, we will achieve full equality together.”

Among those cheering Kerry on was Pastor Samuel M. Chu, Interim Executive Director of CA Faith for Equality. "I am delighted that Kerry's leadership and work with California Faith for Equality is being recognized and honored by the City of LosAngeles today. She represents the powerful emergence of faith as a force for equality, and a new generation of leaders who is determined not to let fear and indifference define us and the society we livein. We are extremely proud of Kerry and all the honorees."

Congrats everyone!

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