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Equality California to Honor Attorney General Jerry Brown at San Diego Equality Awards

(San Diego) -- Equality California (EQCA) will honor Attorney General Jerry Brown, Stuart Milk, and Diane Schroer at the 2009 Equality Awards ceremony in San Diego.

Attorney General Jerry Brown will receive the Equality Leadership Award for demonstrating a strong commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights issues. As Governor in the 1970s and early 80s, Brown actively opposed the Briggs Initiative, which sought to ban gay and lesbian teachers from public schools and helped get President Carter to publicly oppose it as well. He also appointed the first openly gay judge to the bench in California. Last year, after Proposition 8 passed, he took the unprecedented step of refusing to defend a voter-approved initiative in court and urged the California Supreme Court to overturn the marriage ban. In addition, he has asked the federal courts to overturn Prop. 8 in the case filed by Ted Olson and David Boies now pending in Federal District Court.

EQCA will also honor Diane Schroer, a transgender rights advocate and highly-decorated Army veteran who will receive the Equality Advocate Award. Schroer filed and won a gender discrimination lawsuit against the Library of Congress, setting a ground-breaking precedent for transgender individuals’ employment rights.

Stuart Milk, nephew of civil rights leader Harvey Milk, will receive the Equality Champion Award for carrying on the legacy of Harvey Milk through his community advocacy, particularly for LGBT youth.

The San Diego Equality Awards will take place on Saturday November 14th at 6 P.M. at the San Diego Museum of Man. The evening's festivities include a reception and a silent auction. Event proceeds go to EQCA, the state's advocacy organization for the LGBT community. For tickets, tables or sponsorship information visit eqca.org/sandiego.