(A local leader, vote for up to three)
Joanie Juster, When the AIDS epidemic struck in the 1980s, Joanie Juster felt compelled to help, and has been volunteering ever since. Usually working behind the scenes instead of on stage, her work involves fundraising, event production and grassroots community organizing for programs fighting AIDS, breast cancer, poverty and social injustice. She is best known for her work with the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, AIDS Emergency Fund, AIDS Walk, Shanti, Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, and Marriage Equality USA.
Deana Dawn, Deana is a queer ally, San Francisco performer, community leader, philanthropist, and cancer survivor. For decades she has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Bay Area HIV/AIDS and housing charities. Deana's passion is mentoring young people to take on leadership roles as community titleholders, and her mission is to be a positive light on the planet. She has held titles in the Golden State Gay Rodeo Association, IGRA, Imperial Council of San Francisco, and Sainthood with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc.
Bevan Dufty, Bevan is an accomplished leader in San Francisco politics and the LGBT Community, and has been for 20+ years. He has contributed to and led Castro Youth Supportive Housing, the GLBT Historical Society Museum, Transgender employment programs of the LGBT Center, City Crystal Meth Task Force (expanded treatment and services), San Francisco's first LGBT shelter, LGBTQ Connect — helping those in the community who are homeless, and the Castro Community Benefit District (CBD), among others. Bevan has helped hundreds exit homelessness and is the proud dad to nine-year-old Sid, with co-parent, Rebecca Goldfader.
Mia "Tu Mutch" Satya, Empowered by her own experiences with homelessness, discrimination, joblessness, and violence, Mia served on the Youth Commission and has since worked to provide direct services, including healthcare and employment, to underserved communities -including homeless LGBTQ+ youth. She helped secure free MUNI for 40,000 low-income youth, plus co-created landmark LGBTQ+ diversity training for over 9,000 City employees. As Director of TAYSF, she facilitates opportunities for underrepresented youth to give feedback to City leaders. Mia is also the first transsexual to be selected for Emerge California, the premiere political training program for women.
(Vote for one)
AGUILAS, AGUILAS is the oldest Latino LGBT organization in all of the Americas, dedicated to creating a supportive, culturally sensitive environment for gay/bisexual Latinos. AGUILAS strives to foster knowledge and pride in the diversity of the Latino language, culture, history, and spirituality. AGUILAS is committed to developing programs that promote health, well-being, and community building that fosters positive self-identities, healthy relationships, and leadership skills. They offer a variety of services around HIV testing and prevention for Latino gay/bisexual men in Spanish, English, and Portuguese.
St. James Infirmary, The St. James Infirmary (SJI) is the only Occupational Health & Safety Clinic run by and for sex workers in the country. SJI offers free services such as medical care, mental health care, HIV services, transgender healthcare, groups, education and outreach. By caring for one another's basic needs, they strengthen the sex worker community's ability to fight against stigma, criminalization, violence and poverty. In addition to their direct services, the SJI engages in policy work, public education, community organizing and media production to combat the institutional violence that puts sex workers -and LGBT sex workers of color, uniquely -at risk. Despite being displaced from their South of Market home, in 2016 they celebrate their 17th year with expanded services, programming, partnerships, and the opening of their new clinic in the Tenderloin.
Pink Brick Award
(Someone who has caused harm to the
LGBT community, vote for one. )
Liberty Counsel, Liberty Counsel is an organization specializing in evangelical Christian litigation, advocating for anti-LGBT discrimination under the guise of religious liberty. The Liberty Counsel shares a close affiliation with Liberty University (founded by the late Jerry Falwell in Lynchburg, Va.), and the university’s school of law. The Southern Poverty Law Center listed Liberty Counsel as a hate group in 2015. That same year, LC posted on their website: “Homosexual conduct can result in significant damage to those involved who engage in such conduct. There is no evidence that a person is born homosexual. And there is evidence that people can change. Our culture is being pressured with demands that our homes welcome, our daycares embrace, our schools indoctrinate, our businesses promote, and our laws reward this harmful sexual behavior.”
Liberty Counsel supports barring people from the military on the basis of homosexual activity; defends employment discrimination against gay workers;and opposes the addition of sexual orientation, gender identity, or similar provisions to hate crimes legislation. Liberty Counsel also opposes same-sex marriage, civil unions, and adoption by gay people. Most notably, in the recent case of Miller v. Davis, Liberty Counsel represented Kentucky’s Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, an Apostolic Christian who stopped issuing marriage licenses after the Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that same-sex couples have the right to marry. (Sources: Occupy Democrats, Southern Poverty Law Center, Wikipedia.)
One Million Moms, One Million Moms (OMM) is a parallel project created by the American Family Association (AFA — 2015’s Pink Brick Award Recipient) and was listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center as of November 2010 for the "propagation of known falsehoods" and the use of "demonizing propaganda" against LGBT people. OMM administers websites geared to mobilizing parents to "stop the exploitation of children" by the media through organizing boycotts and urging activists to send emails to mainstream companies that have released advertisements, products, or programs that are inclusive of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. In November 2015, One Million Moms called for a boycott of American Girl magazine after it included husbands Rob and Reece Scheer in a story about the children that they adopted from foster care. “Scripture says multiple times that homosexuality is wrong, and God will not tolerate this sinful nature,” OMM wrote. Rob Scheer told media that, as a gay man with four adopted African-American children, he expected a certain amount of criticism. But he was shocked because the attack came from a group of “moms.” (Sources: Huffington Post, rawstory.com, rightwingwatch.com, Southern Poverty Law Center, Wikipedia.)
Donald Trump, Donald Trump is a billionaire business magnate, investor, socialite, author, television personality, and candidate for President of the United States in the 2016 presidential election. In 2011, Trump stated that he was against gay marriage as well as civil benefits for same-sex couples and publicly supported traditional marriage. Of the June 2015 Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, he said: "I would have preferred states, you know, making the decision and I let that be known. But they made the decision. [...] So, at a certain point you have to be realistic about it." In a January 2016 interview with Fox News, when asked whether he would appoint judges to overrule the Supreme Court's June 2015 decision that made same-sex marriage across the nation, Trump responded: "I would strongly consider that, yes." (Sources: Huffington Post, Southern Poverty Law Center, Wikipedia.)