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Horizons Foundation 2018 gala

Category: Nonprofit function2018-10-06  
logoHorizon Foundation, the nation’s first community foundation dedicated to the LGBTQ community, recently surpassed more than $40 million in lifetime giving. Our grants did more than just follow the growth of the LGBTQ community, they helped to chart its course. During its first decade alone, Horizons seeded some of the most influential LGBTQ organizations of our time, including the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), the Gay Games, and Project Open Hand. Horizons’ birth predated the appearance of HIV by only a short time. In keeping with the pattern of early seed funding, Horizons made history in 1982 as the first foundation in the U.S. to support an AIDS service provider: the Kaposi’s Sarcoma Research and Education Foundation, now known as the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.



Gavin Grimm is a central figure in seeking rights for transgender individuals. Gavin has been fighting a school board policy that banned him from using the boys’ restrooms for over three years. The case, taken up by the ACLU, has taken years to wend its way through the legal system and took a major turn when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth District ruled in August 2016 in Gavin’s favor but was immediately appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, denying Gavin his victory.


Jewelle Gomez is the author of eight books including the double Lambda Literary Award-winning, vampire novel, THE GILDA STORIES. She was the recipient of a National Endowment on the Arts Fellowship in Literature and two California Arts Council Artist in Residence grants. In 2017 she received the Barbary Coast Trailblazer Award from LitQuake. She was a 2018 Community Grand Marshall for San Francisco PRIDE. In the 1980s she was on the founding boards of Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the Astraea Lesbian Foundation and the Open Meadows Foundation. She is currently playwright in residence at New Conservatory Theatre Center.
Location: Fairmont Hotel
Venue: Fairmont Hotel
Organization: Horizons Foundation


Horizons Foundation 2018 gala2018-10-06Nonprofit function