The Freedom Awards Honorees Are…

Democrats for Equality,

Last weekend, our club’s executive board met to consider those nominations submitted by you — our members.

We had an outstanding number of more-than-qualified nominees to consider from, which no doubt made the discussion, selection, and finalization of this list all the more difficult.

That being said, we are excited to formally announce our list honorees, and we look forward to recognizing these club members and activists who have made a positive impact over the last year in a number of categories.

STEVE PADILLA
Chula Vista City Councilmember
A. Brad Truax Human Rights Award – This award, considered the Club’s highest honor, is presented to an individual who has made sustained and significant contributions toward the advancement of lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgender rights, at the local, state, or national level. The recipient need not be a Club member.

WILL RODRIGUEZ-KENNEDY
Chair, San Diego County Democratic Party
J. Douglas Scott Award for Political Action – This award is presented to a Club member who demonstrates political action within the lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual community and the Democratic Party. The award recognizes political work done within the Party to educate and advance the political agenda of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender movement and/or work within the community to encourage participation in the Democratic Party and electoral process.

SHANE PARMELY
Teacher/Activist

Gloria Johnson Feminist Leadership Award – This award is presented to an individual or organization who has worked to educate the non-gay/lesbian/ bisexual/transgender community about our needs and create avenues of communication between the two communities.

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN, SAN DIEGO
Gloria Steinem Award for Communication – This award is presented to an individual or organization who has worked to educate the non-gay/lesbian/ bisexual/transgender community about our needs and create avenues of communication between the two communities.

MARK LANE
Minority Humanitarian Foundation

Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Community Service – This award is presented to an individual or organization who has demonstrated service to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender community through participation in other organizations and community events.

MATTHEW BURKLE
Chef/Baker/Activist/Volunteer

R. Steven Pope Award for Volunteerism – This award is presented to a Club member who demonstrates outstanding volunteerism within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, the Club, political campaigns, and the Democratic Party. The award recognizes the need to acknowledge volunteers who consistently and selflessly give their time and energy to further the Club’s political agenda.

LORENA GONZALEZ
State Assemblymember

Christine Kehoe Award for Excellence in Elected or Appointed Office – This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated excellence through their leadership, and has made a significant, positive impact as an elected official or appointed official.

JOHN LOCKHART
Retired Legislative Advocate

Herb King Lifetime Achievement Award – This is a special award (not routinely presented every year) given to a Club member for in recognition of many years of extraordinary service to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

CODI VIERRA
Secretary, California Young Democrats

President’s Award – This is a special award presented to an individual or organization by the Club President of San Diego Democrats for Equality.

Congratulations to our honorees!

Again, our upcoming 2020 Freedom Awards & 45th Anniversary Brunch will be held on Saturday, January 11 at 11:00am at the San Diego History Center.

After the celebration, we’ll invite all of our guests and attendees to check out the incredible LGBTQ+ exhibit that runs through January 20th.

Early Bird tickets are $50, and will increase to $75 beginning January 1st — so, please purchase tickets here!

Ryan Trabuco
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality