advocacy group Lambda Legal will present its 16th Annual
Liberty Awards on Thursday, October 2, at the
Director's Guild of America in Los Angeles.
This year's honorees are actress Sheryl Lee Ralph,
who has devoted her life to fighting HIV/AIDS; the law
firm of Heller Ehrman, which served as co-counsel
in the landmark California supreme court case
legalizing same-sex marriage; and lawyer David Codell,
who as co-counsel with Lambda Legal represented
Equality California and numerous same-sex couples in
the historic marriage case.
Actor Wilson Cruz
will host the event.
Lambda Legal's strategy has been to secure legal precedents
that solidify basic rights in all areas of life for LGBT
people and people with HIV through impact litigation,
education, and public policy work.
Over the past
decade, the Liberty Awards have been given to
corporations, law firms, and individuals whose work
exemplifies the highest standards of service and
commitment to the LGBT community and those with HIV.
Past recipients include San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom,
Rosie and Kelli O'Donnell, Los Angeles mayor Antonio
Villaraigosa, Martina Navratilova, Alan Cumming, Herb
Ritts, Bill Jones, Margaret Cho, Dolores Huerta, Kathy
Griffin, and California state senator Sheila Kuehl.
begin at $200 each and can be purchased by calling Levy,
Pazanti & Associates at (310) 201-5033 or going online
(Corey Scholibo, The Advocate)