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LeGaL to Honor Tammy Baldwin, Shannon Minter, and Brad Hoylman at Stonewall 50 Gala Dinner



“We are thrilled to present this year’s Community Vision Awards to three champions of the legal community who have made history, and forever improved the lives of LGBT people in New York and across the nation, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, Shannon Minter and New York State Senator Brad Hoylman.”

LeGaL, The LGBT Bar Association of New York is pleased to announce that its 2019 Community Vision Awards will be presented at LeGaL’s Stonewall at 50 Gala Dinner on March 7 to United States Senator Tammy Baldwin, National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Legal Director Shannon Minter, and New York State Senator Brad Hoylman.


“Our Community Vision Awards are presented to individuals with a distinguished record of service to the LGBT community, including a sustained commitment to achieving equal rights for all,” said LeGaL’s President Kristen Browde. “LeGaL is proud to pay tribute to the accomplishments of this year’s path-breaking honorees.”


“We are thrilled to present this year’s Community Vision Awards to U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, Shannon Minter and New York State Senator Brad Hoylman – three champions of the legal community who have made history, and forever improved the lives of LGBT people,” said LeGaL’s Executive Director, Eric Lesh. “In this challenging time for our country, we derive strength from the lawyers who work tirelessly to uphold the guarantees of liberty and equality for all.”


Senator Tammy Baldwin is a trailblazing lawyer and public servant, currently representing Wisconsin as the first openly lesbian U.S. Senator. Senator Baldwin has a robust history of defending the rights of the community, including fighting for marriage equality, repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and as co-author of the Equality Act, legislation that would extend comprehensive federal protections to LGBTQ Americans.


Throughout his career, National Center for Lesbian Rights Legal Director Shannon Minter has been a champion for the community, winning legal battles on behalf of LGBT youth and families, and challenging the discriminatory ban targeting transgender military service members.


New York State Senator Brad Hoylman is the only openly gay member of the chamber, chairs the judiciary committee, and led the successful fight to pass protections for transgender New Yorkers, and ban conversion therapy statewide.


LeGaL presents its Community Vision Award to individuals that have shown a sustained commitment to the equal dignity of the LGBT community. Some of LeGaL’s most recent honorees, including movement giants like Mary Bonauto, Roberta Kaplan, and Evan Wolfson. Last year’s honorees included Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and the first open gay judge on New York’s highest court, Hon. Paul G. Feinman.

LeGaL’s Annual Dinner will be held in New York City at Cipriani on Thursday, March 7, 2019. For more information on the event, including sponsorship and ticket information, please visit our website at www.lgbtbarny.org or e-mail info@le-gal.org.

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