Founded in 2002, Transgender Law Center has become the largest organization in the United States dedicated to changing law, policy and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. That’s right…We’ve spent 12 years igniting change to advance the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming people. In light of this milestone, Transgender Law Center celebrated with hundreds of our extraordinary supporters at SPARK! – a 12th Anniversary Celebration. Your donation can help us realize a future in which gender self-determination and expression are seen as basic rights and matters of common human dignity.
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MISTRESS OF CEREMONIES & MASTER OF CEREMONIES:
Veronica Klaus Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler
Josh Klipp & The Klipptones with Breanna Sinclairé
Go Bang! – DJs Steve Fabus & Sergio Fedasz!
SPARK! 2014 Awardees CeCe McDonald, Authentic Life Award: For her courage and resilience in bringing visibility to our diverse communities, the unjust ways that transgender people are treated throughout interactions with the police and justice system, and the ways in which prisons are not safe for anyone, regardless of gender identity.
Willy Wilkinson, Vanguard Award: For leading when nobody else could or did – from garnering attention and funds for trans* communities impacted by the AIDS epidemic to founding the first support group for FTM people of color to changing hearts and minds through his work and trainings.
ACLU of Northern CA, Community Partner Award: For their leadership and support in sponsoring AB1266, the School Success and Opportunity Act, and for being an unyielding, fierce, and fully committed stakeholder while defending the law against a potential referendum effort.
Authentic Life Awardees 2013: Kortney Ryan Ziegler
Vanguard Awardees 2013: Shawna Virago 2012: The Honorable Vicky Kolakowski 2012: Felicia Alvarado Elizondo, aka Felicia Flames 2011: Alexandra Byerly 2011: Dr. Nick Gorton 2010: Shannon Minter 2010: Nikki “Tita Aida” Calma 2009: Jamison Green 2009: Cecilia Chung 2008: Theresa Sparks 2008: Yosenio Lewis 2007: Lou Sullivan Society 2007: Transgender San Francisco 2006: Sister Mary Elizabeth 2005: Joan Roghgarden 2005: Lyndy Whiteway 2005: Miss Major 2005: Red Jordan Arobateau 2005: Susan Stryker
Ally Awardees 2013: Lisa Mottet 2012: Google 2011: Geoff Kors 2011: Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund 2010: Senator Mark Leno 2010: Supervisor Bevan Dufty 2010: Minami Tamaki, LLP 2009: Juanita Moore 2009: California Wellness Foundation 2008: Ora Prochovnick 2008: Chris Dolan 2007: Dr. Michael L. Brownstein 2007: The California Endowment 2006: Horizons Foundation 2006: Judy Van Maasdam 2006: SF DA’s Office 2005: Dusty Araujo 2005: Shane Snowden 2005: Yomi Wrongs 2005: Jennifer Mantle 2005: Pam Peniston
Community Partner Awardees 2013: Drs. Judith Lively, Jennifer Slovis, and Susanne Watson: Physicians of Kaiser Permanente of Northern CA 2012: National Center for Lesbian Rights 2011: Gender Spectrum 2010: SF LGBT Community Center 2010: El/La 2009: Lyon Martin Health Services 2009: API Wellness Trans:THRIVE program 2008: The Task Force 2008: NCTE 2008: And Castro for All 2007: Lighthouse Community Center 2007: Community Health Partnership’s Trans Empowerment Program 2007: TransVision Program 2007: GSA Network 2006: Art of Refuge 2006: Equality CA 2006: Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence 2005: Aidan Dunn 2005: Bionka Stevens 2005: Marcus Arana 2005: PK Fili 2005: Tatiana Kaneholani
SPARK! 2014 Host Committee
SPARK! Host Committee Co-Chairs: Alix Sabin and Kristen Verrastro
SPARK! Host Committee:
Tita Aida, Judy Appel, John Bare, Becky Benton & Laura Peterson, Tara Brant, Danielle Castro, Brad Chernin, Brielle Darynn & Pickles!, Masen Davis, Shawn Demmons, Kenyon DeVault & Thomas Tarn, Bevan Dufty & Rebecca Goldfader, Heather Freyer, Louise Frost C. Nathan Harris & Alan Francisco-Tipgos, Emily Hostage, Mark Huggins, Zander Keig, Jonathan Lee, Gretchen Lintner Min R. Matson & Max Kelly, Juanita MORE!, Jane Nevins, Jennifer & Meredith Orthwein, Jacob Richards, Mat dos Santos & David Sternesky, Attorney Linda Scaparotti Ryan Sepanski, Cheryl Snodgrass, Stephan & Michiko Thorne, Joseph Wiedman & Eric Chamberlain, Gina White
Michael Blake & Barbara Howald
Gina White & Ashley McKnight
Robert Pérez & Robert Francoeur
Brielle Darynn & Pickles!
Joseph Wiedman & Eric Chamberlain
Terri Witherspoon & Denise Bergin
Helbraun Law Firm – Civil Rights
James Loyce & Nancy Rubin
The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force
Jane Nevins & Sara Jeruss
Luanna Rodgers MFT
Alix Sabin & Nancy Drooker
Susanne Watson, PhD
DiMare, Brown, Hicks & Kessler, LLC
Emily Doskow – Attorney & Mediator
Bevan Dufty & Rebecca Goldfader
C. Nathan Harris & Alan Francisco-Tipgos
Harvey Milk Democratic Club
Senator Mark Leno
Attorney Linda Scaparotti
Stephan & Michiko Thorne
~ Thank You 2013 SPARK! Sponsors ~
ACLU of Northern California, Shawn Demmons, Emily Doskow, C. Nathan Harris & Alan Francisco-Tipgos, Paul Hendry, Gareth Duncan Gill & Julie Gill, Julie Graham, Jane Nevins, Alix Sabin & Nancy Drooker, Mat dos Santos & David Sternesky, A. Sparks, TGSF, Theresa Witherspoon & Denise