Portland, October 10th, 2014. 900 supporters filled the Portland Art Museum for the IGNITE gala. They helped honor LGBT victories achieved this year and to support  Basic Rights Oregon. The benefit raised over $286,000 to fund Basic Rights’ work for LGBT equality.

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Governor Kitzhaber Photo Credit: Bryon Beck

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Governor Kitzhaber
Photo Credit: Bryon Beck

Basic Rights Oregon leaders said, “We want to thank those who played a key role in making this year’s event truly memorable: to House Speaker Tina Kotek for bringing incredible energy and wit as emcee for the VIP dinner; to Governor John Kitzhaber for his words of encouragement from the stage; to Oregon Health & Science University and Dr. Joseph Robertson for their outstanding leadership and support of this year’s event; and to the cast of Dream Girls for an amazing performance we’ll never forget.”

Board Members of Basic Rights Oregon and Husbands Robin Castro and John Halseth Photo Credit: Izzy Ventura

Board Members of Basic Rights Oregon and Husbands Robin Castro and John Halseth
Photo Credit: Izzy Ventura

The 2014 Fighting Spirit Honorees included:
For their work in helping make Oregon a national leader in providing comprehensive transgender medicaid coverage:
TransActive Gender Center
tash shatz
Neola Young, Q Center
Dr. Megan Bird
The Trans Justice Working Group of Basic Rights Oregon
Jose Cruz
For outstanding legal work on the landmark U.S. District Court case overturning Oregon’s constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples:
From ACLU:
Jennifer Middleton, Johnson Johnson and Schaller
Kevin Diaz
Rose Saxe
Amanda Goad
James Esseks
Steven Shapiro
Dave Fidanque
 
From Perkins Coie:
Thomas R. Johnson
Misha Isaak
Kristina J. Holm
Nathan Christensen
Geiger v. Kitzhaber Attorneys:
Lake Perriguey
Lea Ann Easton
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