Note – Ticket price inclusive of service fee $35.00
Thursday, May 23, 2013, 9:30-11:00 am (Registration begins at 9:am, Program begins at 9:30 sharp)
Location Hilton Palm Springs, 400 East Tahquitz Canyon Way
Attended by individuals, businesses, interfaith groups, civic officials and nonprofit organizations this is the Coachella Valley’s largest Harvey Milk celebration.
The breakfast will be held to honor the memory of Harvey Milk, an American hero, and to strengthen coalitions among the many diverse community organizations that work toward equality in the Coachella Valley. Click Here For Tickets
Receiving the Harvey B. Milk Leadership Award of the Coachella Valley will be U.S. Marine veteran and transgender rights activist Mattie Leyden. Recognized for her work as the founder of the Coachella Valley Transgender Community and member of the Palm Springs Police Department LGBT outreach committee, Leyden also serves on several regional Human Rights Campaign committees.
Judge Vaughn R. Walker, district judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California from 1990 to 2011, will be the keynote speaker at the annual breakfast. Judge Walker has presided over such notable lawsuits as those involving the Terrorist Surveillance Program of the National Security Agency, the Apple Computer, Inc v Microsoft Corporation copyright infringement case, and Perry v Schwarzenegger.
On January 11, 2010, Judge Walker began trying Perry v Schwarzenegger. The case involved a federal-constitutional challenge to California Proposition 8, a voter initiative constitutional amendment that eliminated the right of same sex couples to marry, a right which had previously been granted after the California Supreme Court found a statute to the same effect unconstitutional under California law. On August 4, 2010, Judge Walker ruled that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional “under both the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses” of the United States Constitution and prohibited its enforcement. That decision was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on February 12, 2012. The losing parties have sought review which is currently underway by the United States Supreme Court.
Tickets for the event are $35, with proceeds benefiting Gay Straight Alliance organizations in the Coachella Valley. For more information call 760-416-8711 or email@example.com.
When he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, Harvey Milk (1930- 1978) became one of the first openly gay men to be elected to political office in the United States. On election night, Harvey Milk reminded his supporters: “This is not my victory – it’s yours. If a gay man can win, it proves that there is hope for all minorities who are willing to fight.” He was assassinated (along with Mayor George Moscone) on November 27, 1978, only eleven months after taking office. Although he did not live to see his dreams fulfilled, the example of his life and leadership has made him an important national symbol for the struggle for human rights.
All proceeds benefit Coachella Valley high school Gay Straight Alliances through the Palm Springs Pride GSA Fund.
Email Milk (at) pspride.org
Presented by Greater Palm Springs Pride, Equality California, Desert AIDS Project, HRC and the Coachella Valley Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Coalition
Will Dean, Desert Outlook
Nino Eilets, The Standard Magazine
David Gray, Gray Public Relations
Steven Henke, Desert Sun Media
Eddie Matarazzo, Hunters Palm Springs
Dr. Danne Montague-King
Alexis Ortega, Desert AIDS Project
Steve Tiger, Palm Springs Pride
Brad White, HRC
Thomas Cowley, HRC
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