More than 2,000 people from across the country attended the NCLR 2015 Anniversary Celebration in San Francisco to celebrate victories in the movement for LGBT equality and to honor those who have become role models through their unfailing commitment to justice. A big THANK YOU to everyone who joined us for the dinner and party!
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A HUGE thank you to all of our sponsors. This amazing night could not have been possible without your support!
Anonymous | Bink | Chevron | Facebook | Google | Kirkland & Ellis LLP | Morrison & Foerster | Olivia | PG&E
Anonymous | Baker & McKenzie | Katherine Carroll & Ali Rosenthal | Covington & Burling LLP | Genentech | Hanson Bridgett | Constance Hiatt & S. Kathleen Doster | Johnson, Kinney, & Zulaica LLP | Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein LLP | Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams | North Berkeley Investment Partners | Northern California Small Business Assistants | Pillsbury | Todd-Gher and Augustine-Depew
Dorothy Fernandez & Lisa Stenmark | Ferolyn Powell | Horizons | iMeet | Jamie Huling Delaye & Darren Delaye | Permit Me, Inc | Robasciotti & Associates, Inc. | Robert Holgate and Al Baum | Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP | Rosov Consulting LLC | Sharon McBryde and Carole Freeman | Wendy Storch & Barbara Berkeley | Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation | Coblentz Patch & Duffy | Farella Braun + Martel LLP
Dinner Host ($2,500)
Arnold & Porter LLP | Cooley LLP | Keker & Van Nest LLP | Mary Helen Donovan & Stacey Coffey | Outten & Golden | Saydeah Howard | Shearman & Sterling LLP | Transgender Law Center | Valdez Noor Todd and Doyle LLP | Wald Law Group, PC
Dinner Date ($1,500)
Victoria Hall | LPAC | Mireille Mallouh & Rebecca Oliver | Sena Family Law
Party Host ($1,500)
Kipper Clothiers | Saint Harridan
Party Date ($500)
Katherine Holland, Coldwell Banker
Justice Award: Tennessee Marriage Plaintiffs and Legal Team
We were pleased to honor the courageous plaintiffs and legal team members in our landmark Tennessee marriage equality case, which was heard by the United States Supreme Court on April 28th and could bring a freedom to marry victory to the entire county. By hearing the case, the Court has an opportunity to bring an end to the serious harms caused by discriminatory marriage laws in the minority of states that continue to deny same-sex couples the freedom to marry. The Court is expected to issue a decision by the end of June 2015. Our Justice Award honorees have become role models for millions across the country through their unwavering pursuit of justice. They exemplify the bravery and perseverance of the entire LGBT community and what it has taken us to get to this historic cusp. The plaintiff honorees are Dr. Valeria Tanco and Dr. Sophy Jesty; Army Reserve Sergeant First Class Ijpe DeKoe and Thom Kostura; and Matthew Mansell and Johno Espejo. The attorney honorees are Abby Rubenfeld, Maureen Holland, and Regina Lambert, Bill Harbison and other attorneys with the Nashville firm of Sherrard & Roe PLC, and Douglas Hallward-Driemeier and other attorneys with the law firm of Ropes & Gray LLP.
Courage Award: Madelynn “Lee” Taylor
At 75, Madelynn “Lee” Taylor is a true example of courage and we were proud to honor her with the Courage Award. The Navy vet is so committed to seeing the day in her lifetime when all people are treated equally that she’s willing to do all that she can to make it happen—including holding sit-ins in the Idaho state building to call attention to the need for non-discrimination bills, getting arrested not once but several times so far this year during protests, and challenging Idaho’s law banning marriage equality. She has always been committed to justice and fighting for others. But her commitment to LGBT equality was ignited after she enlisted in the Navy in 1958 and was discharged in 1964 when the Navy discovered that she was a lesbian. In 2013, with the help of NCLR, she challenged Idaho’s marriage ban after the state-run veterans’ cemetery refused to allow her to be buried with her late wife. Late last year, after she filed her lawsuit and other veterans stepped up to give up their spaces in the cemetery for Lee’s wife, the state reversed course, allowing Lee and her wife to be buried together. While it’s getting harder for Lee to get around, she hasn’t slowed down. She recently staged a sit-in at the Idaho State Capitol to protest lawmakers’ refusal to pass anti-discrimination protections. “Add the 4 Words” protesters blocked all entrances to the bill drafting office of the Idaho Legislature and only allowed entry to legislators who supported adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the state’s Human Rights Act. She was arrested twice as a result, only to return days later.
Questions: Contact Development Events Manager Dani Siragusa at DSiragusa@NCLRights.org or 415.365.1309.
Save the date for next year’s Anniversary Celebration – May 7, 2016!
Thank You for Celebrating the LGBT Party of the Year with Us!