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The LGBT Bar LA Annual Gala has historically been the largest event that the Association holds each year. The event honors individuals and organizations that have made contributions to education, human rights, and equality for the LGBT community. This year, we celebrate our organization’s 40th anniversary with a very special event. For more than ten years, the LBGT Bar LA Gala has been themed to spotlight important issues to the LGBT community including marriage equality, military service, adoption, employment, and unity.

This year's theme is "40 Years of Claiming Space," which honors those who came together 40 years ago to ensure a place for LGBT attorneys and legal professionals to participate in the Los Angeles community. The range of honorees at the event celebrates where we have been as an organization and LGBT community, and also where we are going. Our Community Service Award honors the Los Angeles LGBT Center, which is celebrating 50 years of serving Los Angeles’s LGBT community. Our Community Partner of the Year Award will be given to Akerman LLP, in recognition of the firm’s long history of promoting LGBT equality within the organization, and in its pro bono work. And we will honor R. Bradley (Brad) Sears with our Co-Presidents Award for his outstanding record of leadership and innovation as the founding director of the Williams Institute. 



Co-Presidents: Eryk Escobar and Madison Fairchild 

Co-Treasurers: Andres Cantero 

Co-Secretaries: Candace Matson and Jay Pang 

Communications Chairs: Carlos Hernandez & JJ Rodriguez

Membership Chairs: Lauren Greene and Chris Scali 

Board Development Chairs: Jordan Aiken and Dimitri Portnoi

Michael BrophyAbigail Coursolle, 
Michael J. DaileySkye Daley, 
Robert Sanchez DuFour, 
Brittany Ellenberg, Cameron Faber, Kat Fahey, 
Arleen Fernandez, Tasha Hill, James Holmes, 
Joseph F. Iniguez, Ajay Kusnoor, Jeremy Lane, 
Mark Lemke, Kevin J. MinnickLexi Peacock,
Meehan Rasch, and Kenneth Sanchez.



We welcome your participation and look forward to your continued involvement and support.

Purchase Tickets for the Event and Sponsorships here!

Date:    Friday April 12th, 2019 
Time:    6:30PM - 10:30PM
Where: California Science Center 
                 700 Exposition Park Dr.
                 Los Angeles, CA 90037
                 ($15 Parking - Cash Only)
Food:    Thank Goodness it's Sofia (TGIS)
              Hosted Bars

Instructions Via the Metro Expo Line: Take exit Expo Park/USC station. Cross street toward Rose garden and make a right heading toward the Natural History Museum. Turn left at  the corner of the NHM and Rose Garden and follow the sidewalk alongside the NHM and lawn. When you reach the end of the sidewalk (directly facing the Coliseum) the event entrance will be a few steps to your left.





The LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles is proud to award this year’s Co-Presidents Award to R. Bradley (Brad) Sears. Sears is Associate Dean for Public Interest Programs and David Sanders Distinguished Scholar of Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law. In 2001, he founded the Williams Institute, a think tank at UCLA devoted to sexual orientation and gender identity law and policy issues. Just eighteen years later, the Institute now has 20 faculty and staff members, a budget of nearly $3 million, and an endowment of over $20 million. 
The Institute’s public policy studies, law review articles, expert testimony, and amicus briefs have had a far-reaching impact, including citations in Supreme Court rulings on LGBT issues. In 2010, under Sears’ leadership, the Williams Institute received the “Treasures of Los Angeles” award from the Los Angeles Central City Association. In addition to his leadership at UCLA, Sears has served on the board of directors or advisory boards for Being Alive Los Angeles, the HIV and AIDS Legal Services Alliance, USC's AIDS Education Training Center, and the Center for Health Justice. 


Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center's more than 600 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy.
The Center is an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world, a world in which LGBT people can be healthy, equal, and complete members of society.



 Akerman has been recognized by the Financial Times as one the most forward thinking law firms 
in the industry. Akerman has consistently shown dedication and commitment to advancing LGBTQ rights, equality, and visibility exemplifies the characteristics needed of a corporate partner to the LGBTQ community. At Akerman, diversity includes dignity, respect, inclusion, and opportunity. Equality and inclusion are part of the firm’s core values that make LGBTQ equality and inclusion critical for the firm’s platform to innovate and change. That takes shape in the form of both promoting LGBTQ diversity within the firm, and vigorously advocating for  
LGBTQ equality throughout the country in cases that limit and threaten the rights of LGBTQ individuals.


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