Kevin And Don Respond To Being Self Loathing

Looking back at their journey from the Stonewall Democratic Club to Log Cabin Republicans, they claim it was one that was actually started by the democrats. After being told that marriage as not a priority on the agenda in 1995, they became disillusioned with the DEMS. For a decade they felt like they did not belong until they met the republicans of the Log Cabin Republican Club and discovered they too shared a dream of marriage equality. This blog is now a digital time capsule of their time as Republicans and moderated by a friend and supporter.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Proposition 8 EQCA Raises a Record $2 million at Los Angeles Equality Awards

August 4, 2008
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EQCA Raises a Record $2 million at Los Angeles Equality Awards
SEIU California, California Teacher’s Association, AT&T Make Significant Contributions to NO on 8 Campaign at EQCA’s Aug. 2 Event
LOS ANGELES – Equality California raised about $2 million on Saturday at the Los Angeles Equality Awards, bringing in the most contributions for a single fundraising event in EQCA’s 10-year history. Many of the donations were made to NO on 8 – Equality California, EQCA’s fundraising PAC that is raising funds to fight Proposition 8, the November ballot initiative that would deny same-gender couples the fundamental freedom to marry.
Both labor organizations and businesses made significant contributions to NO on 8 – Equality California on Saturday. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU-California) made a contribution of $500,000, presented by United Healthcare Workers-West President Sal Rosselli. David Sanchez, president of the California Teacher’s Association announced a contribution $250,000 on behalf of CTA. Ken McNeely, president of AT&T California, presented a donation of $25,000 from the telecommunications corporation. EQCA supporters at the event also pledged an additional combined $350,000. All of those contributions will help fund the NO on 8 campaign.
During the evening event at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills , EQCA Executive Director Geoff Kors also announced that EQCA was transferring $500,000 to the NO on 8 campaign, not including the contributions made on Aug. 2. In all, EQCA’s NO on 8 fundraising PAC has raised more than $3 million to fight the initiative.
“We are thrilled with the generous outpouring of support we’ve received to fight Proposition 8 and applaud our labor partners and business allies for stepping up to say it’s not OK to treat any Californians differently under the laws of our state,” said EQCA Executive Director Geoff Kors. “It is an honor to have the leadership of SEIU California, the California Teacher’s Association and AT&T behind us as we work to defeat this divisive initiative that would deny same-gender couples the respect and dignity of marriage,” Kors said. “Thanks to this support, the Los Angeles event was by far the largest and most successful fundraiser EQCA has hosted in its history – and it may be one of the most successful fundraising events for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the history of our state.”
The Los Angeles Equality Awards was presented by AT&T and received significant backing from Wells Fargo, which purchased a record eight tables at the event. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, EQCA honored two longtime allies at the awards event, National Center for Lesbian Rights and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. EQCA recognized NCLR and Mayor Newsom for their leadership in helping secure the freedom to marry for same-gender couples in California . The event, which drew a sold-out crowd of nearly 1,000 guests from across the state, was hosted by Grammy-nominated comedienne Margaret Cho. Her work has been highly regarded for promoting the equal rights of all people, regardless of race, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Lead sponsors for this year's event included AT&T, Gary D. Soto, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Wells Fargo, Stolichnaya Vodka, Adam Press, Irell & Mandella LLP, Eric Webber & Gerard Kraaijeveveld, Skip Paul & Van Fletcher, United Healthcare Workers West, Time Warner Cable.
Founded in 1998, Equality California celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2008, commemorating a decade of building a state of equality in California . EQCA is a nonprofit, statewide advocacy organization whose mission is to achieve equality and civil rights of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians.
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