From the desk of Shane Goldsmith, Liberty Hill's Leadership Institute Director:
This week my wife and I were able to attend the Lambda Legal Liberty Awards dinner.
We laughed, we cried, and we stuffed ourselves with crab cakes and brownies. Thanks to our dear friends at Caldwell Leslie & Proctor, PC for getting us there!
The best part of the evening was when Karin Wang accepted the Liberty Award. Karin is a member of Liberty Hill’s Community Funding Board and she is the VP of Programs at the Asian American Pacific Legal Center (APALC - the largest legal and civil rights organization focused on Asian Americans). She helped found API Equality-LA, a coalition of LGBT and allied groups working to advance marriage equality in the Asian American Community, and a Liberty Hill grantee. She spearheaded a highly successful Asian languages educational media campaign about marriage quality and led API Equality-LA’s media efforts against Proposition 8.
In her acceptance speech, she dedicated the award to API Equality-LA and APALC, and she explained why she works so hard for marriage equality even though she’s straight. Here is an excerpt from her speech:
It was not something that I planned, and – honestly – it was not even something that I chose. As a civil rights lawyer, I know that our battles often choose us.
And 5 years ago, when 1,000 Chinese-Americans protested gay marriage in Los Angeles, I was drawn into this particular battle.