Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, announced on Wednesday, August 12th that it will host its first-ever statewide “Golden State Equality Awards” virtual celebration on Sunday, September 13.
The historic event, which will celebrate the LGBTQ+ community achievements, and will be hosted by “Pose” star, actress and advocate, Angelica Ross and honor Netflix’s groundbreaking documentary, “Disclosure.”
Equality California will also honor Pete & Chasten Buttigieg with the Equality Trailblazer Award, following Pete’s groundbreaking run for president. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will honor the late U.S. Representative John Lewis, a civil rights legend and longtime ally to the LGBTQ+ community, with a moving tribute to his life and career.
Those tuning in to the broadcast will be treated to musical performances from the legendary Melissa Etheridge, Betty Who, Alex Newell, Shea Diamond and Robin S, as well. Additional honorees and special guests will be announced in the coming weeks. The event will stream live at 6pm PT on a private website for ticketed attendees and sponsors.
The “Golden State Equality Awards” will start with regional pre-show cocktail hours celebrating the LGBTQ+ and allied communities in Sacramento, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles and Palm Springs. During this time, the organization will recognize additional honorees including California State Treasurer Fiona Ma, California Legislative Black Caucus Chair Assembly member Shirley N. Weber, former California Legislative LGBTQ+ Caucus Chair Assembly member Evan Low and more.
“2020 has challenged the LGBTQ+ community in ways we could never have imagined, but challenging times create heroes, and we cannot wait to come together virtually and celebrate some of this year’s heroes,” said Equality California Executive Director Rick Chavez Zbur.
To purchase tickets to the Golden State Equality Awards, visit eqca.org/equality-awards.