Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

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APALC Staff Receives Lambda Legal’s Liberty Award

Los Angeles – On Tuesday, September 29, 2009, Lambda Legal presented its 17th Annual Liberty Awards at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.  Through the awards, Lambda Legal honors heroes who have made strides in the fight for full recognition of the civil rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and of those with HIV.  This year, Lambda Legal recognized actor Wilson Cruz for his longtime advocacy for LGBT youth and Karin Wang, Vice President of Programs for the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), for her support of and advocacy for LGBT equality. 

Karin Wang was honored for her work over the past five years, advocating for marriage equality.  In addition to helping to found API Equality-LA, a coalition focused on winning the fight for marriage equality in Asian/Pacific Islander (API) communities, she has helped organize educational and media campaigns to promote API LGBT couples and families as well as helped to file several legal briefs in support of marriage equality as well as in opposition to Proposition 8.   

Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the country’s leading LGBT legal organization and has won some of the most important legal victories for the LGBT community, including Lawrence v. Texas, which struck down all remaining state sodomy laws, and California’s In re Marriage Cases. Over the years, the Liberty Awards have honored corporations, law firms, and individuals whose work exemplifies the highest standards of service and commitment to the LGBT community. Past recipients include San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Rosie & Kelli O’Donnell, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Martina Navratilova, Alan Cumming, Herb Ritts, Bill Jones, Margaret Cho, Dolores Huerta, Kathy Griffin and State Senator Sheila Kuehl. 

For more information re the awards ceremony or the honorees, contact Jason Pérez Howe, Lambda Legal, at 213-382-7600 ext.247 or 415-595-9245 (cell).

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Founded in 1983, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for civil rights, providing legal services and education, and building coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Pacific Americans and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. APALC is affiliated with the Asian American Justice Center (formerly known as NAPALC) in Washington, D.C.
Monday, November 23, 2009

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