Previously hosted by Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson (2014), singer/radio host Lance Bass (2013) and actor/activist Wilson Cruz (2013), Lambda Legal’s annual West Coast Liberty Awards is an evening of tribute to those who have made an impact on the lives of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through advocacy, entertainment, legal and civic contributions. Each year, we honor outstanding individuals and organizations with our highest honor – the Liberty Award.
We are proud to announce our first honoree for 2015 - Laurie Hasencamp, former Lambda Legal board member, friend and ally to many LGBT organizations and current interim Chief Operations Officer for Equality California.
The annual red carpet fundraising gala, whose past honorees have included Dan Bucatinsky, Justin Bartha, The Magic Johnson Foundation, The Fosters’ Peter Paige, Bradley Bredeweg and Joanna Johnson, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Bamby Salcedo, Eric Webber, Wilson Cruz, Kathy Griffin, Kari Lizer and others, celebrates those working towards Lambda Legal’s vision of equality.
Lambda Legal’s previous Awards Honorary Committee members and event participants have included Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis, Golden Globe-winning actress Gina Rodriguez, Mary McCormack, Bellamy Young, Candis Cayne, Sherri Saum, Maia Mitchell, David Glasser, Greg Louganis, Dot Marie Jones, Andy Richter, Jim O’Heir, Daniel Franzese, Lisa Vanderpump, Lily Tomlin, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Jason Ritter, Rebecca Mader, Gregg Henry, Sara Rue, Tony Denison, Jacqueline Toboni, Joshua Malina, Nikki DeLoach, Alison Pill, Jillian Rose Reed and others.