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
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
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
Neola Young, Q Center
Dr. Megan Bird
The Trans Justice Working Group of Basic Rights Oregon
For outstanding legal work on the landmark U.S. District Court case overturning Oregon’s constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples:
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