We still feel the positive energy from last Monday’s Freedom Awards! Thanks to you and nearly 400 guests, we raised more than $300,000, making our 10 year anniversary benefit the largest-ever fundraiser for transgender rights! This is just the kind of boost we need to lead us into our second decade working for equal rights.
We are extremely grateful to everyone who made the Freedom Awards possible, including our phenomenal host, actress and LGBT rights champion Judith Light, the incredible and talented Alexandra Billings, and our Presenting Sponsors BNY Mellon, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
Alexandra accepted Amazon’s award for its groundbreaking series Transparent and brought down the house with her speech about resiliency in the face of discrimination and the importance of living your truth. You can view photos from the Freedom Awards on our Facebook page. And while you’re there, please “like” our page. Social media is one of the best ways to stay in touch with us.
For those who couldn’t join us or would like to do more, there’s still time to give. And through a generous $100,000 Calamus Foundation challenge grant, new donors will double their donations and returning donors’ contributions will be matched every dollar above their previous gifts. Text TLDEF to 56512 to donate from your phone. Or donate online:
And how’s this for timing? Caitlyn Jenner announced her name on the cover of Vanity Fair the same day as the Freedom Awards! We were so thrilled to congratulate her at our event and send her our best wishes as she moves forward in the world as her authentic self. I appeared on MSNBC to talk about Caitlyn’s announcement and how it will help advance transgender equality. You can watch the clip here.
Caitlyn’s story is an example of the skyrocketing visibility of transgender people and issues around the world. Our progress motivates us to work even harder to combat the challenges our community faces.
Thank you again for making the Freedom Awards a huge success! We’re looking forward to the next ten years!