Friday, May 22, 2015
9:30-11:00 am (Registration begins at 8:45am, Program begins at 9:30am sharp)
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.
Tickets for the event are available in various levels (service fee applies when purchasing online. Click here to order by Mail):
Keynote Speaker Announced
Keynote speaker will be Kris Hayashi, Executive Director of the Transgender Law Center, who has been active in social, racial, and economic justice organizing for over 20 years. For the last 10 years Hayashi served as the Executive Director/Co-Director of the Audre Lorde Project, a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color organizing center based in New York City. Previously, he served as a Trainer/Organizer at Western States Center in Portland, Oregon and as Executive Director of Youth United for Community Action, a youth organizing group in California, led by young people of color organizing for social and environmental justice.
“This has been a year of unprecedented visibility for the transgender community in everything from media coverage to the president’s State of the Union address,” said Hayashi. “However violence continues to be a major issue, with epidemic levels of violence against our community this year and among transgender women of color in particular.”
Harvey B. Milk Leadership Award
Receiving the Harvey B. Milk Leadership Award of the Coachella Valley will be a long-time leader and one of the most accomplished legislative and policy strategists in the LGBT movement Geoff Kors. Over the past two decades, he has helped to enact scores of local and state laws, including helping to pass anti-discrimination laws protecting LGBT people and people with HIV/AIDS during his tenure as the Director of the ACLU of Illinois’ Gay and Lesbian Rights and Aids and Civil Liberties Projects from 1994 to 1995, originating San Francisco’s landmark equal benefits law as a board member of the Harvey Milk Club in 1996, and leading Equality California from 2002 to 2011 as the organization passed more than 70 pieces of LGBT equality legislation.
Geoff has been a leader in building coalitions in support of LGBT rights and the rights of all people to be treated equally under the law. He built coalitions with LGBT and allied civil rights organizations, labor, business and others in support of equality efforts and secured the first support for marriage equality from the NAACP, the United Farm Workers, AT&T, Pacific Gas & Electric, California Teachers Association, SEIU and many others. Geoff has also been a strong advocate for educating youth about the LGBT community and protecting youth from harm. He brought the idea for creating Harvey Milk Day – the first and only official state day of recognition for an openly LGBT person in the nation – to the legislature and led EQCA’s successful effort to pass this groundbreaking law. Geoff also led EQCA’s effort to pass legislation requiring LGBT history to be taught in public schools, banning anti-LGBT bias in instruction, prohibiting bullying in our schools and ensuring non-discrimination in foster care. Geoff currently is helping lead the effort to ban conversion therapy.
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.
Proceeds benefit Coachella Valley high school Gay Straight Alliances through the Palm Springs Pride GSA Fund.
Presented by Greater Palm Springs Pride, Equality California and the Coachella Valley Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Coalition
Founding Members – Greater Palm Springs Pride, Equality California and Desert AIDS Project and Gray Public Relations and Marketing.
Bella da Ball
Nino Eilets, The Standard Magazine
David Gray, Gray Public Relations and Marketing
Steven Henke, Desert Sun Media
Jeff Hocker, Hocker Productions
Alexis Ortega, Desert AIDS Project
Fernando Noriega, Bank of America
Suzanne Severin, Palm Springs Human Rights Commission
Steve Tiger, Palm Springs Pride
Mike Thompson, The LGBT Center of the Desert
Bill Wheeler, Palm Springs Pride