Promoting Tomorrow's Leadership -Thank You for Your Support in 2017
As 2017 comes to an end, the Stonewall Foundation of Greater Sacramento (SFGS) wishes to thank you for your interest in and support for our new organization. As you may know, SFGS began as a dream of Sam Catalano, for decades a devoted advocate and activist in the struggle for LGBTQA equity. More recently he sought to establish a non-profit entity in order to foster tomorrow's leadership in LGBTQA advocacy through outreach, education and resource development. That dream became a reality this year as SFGS was launched and we were able to:
- Build a board of directors of dedicated volunteers with experience in organizing and advocacy;
- Establish a Sacramento State University scholarship in honor of esteemed LGBTQ advocate Laurie McBride, aimed at students demonstratin leadership in the LGBTQ community;
- Award the first McBride Scholarship to CSUS junior Vrindavani Avila;
- Introduce SFGS with a hosted event, raising funds to help finance the 2018 McBride Scholarship; and
- Advocate on behalf of our community at the CA Department of Education and local school board levels.
Our plans for 2018 include:
Awarding the McBride scholarship at a level that covers fees for a full academic year, while collaborating with the student recipient in outreach and advocacy;
Working with school districts and the community to reinforce observance of the CA Fair Education Act; and
Collaborating with community organization(s) to fund and administer an internship for a LGBTQ high school student.
We look forward to our work in the future so together we may foster understanding and nurture more advocates passionate about a more equitable world.
Wishing you the best in 2018.
Board of Directors
Stonewall Foundation of Greater Sacramento
The 2017 McBride Scholarship Recipient
Words from First Stonewall Foundation McBride Scholar………
"Receiving the McBride scholarship was a completely unexpected surprise. I have been doing social justice work for communities of color and the LGTBQIA community for over five years, and the work is powered by the love I have for my communities and driven by a critical consciousness towards liberation for all queer transgender people of color. Winning this scholarship reminded me of all the struggles that trans women of color have done and are continuously doing for LGTBQIA youth and folks in order to survive today with some rights and privileges. Without trans women of color like Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P Johnson, and the current work of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, there wouldn’t be a LGBTQIA movement; without their dedication to liberation, their work fighting against racism, prisons, and poverty has brought the whole community closer to a place of freedom. Without the work of trans women of color and gender non- conforming folks, I wouldn’t have been able to receive this scholarship recognizing the work I have done and continue to do. I am grateful to receive the Laurie McBride Scholarship as it is a reminder of why doing this work is necessary and crucial, and there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to ensure equity and liberation for all queer folks of color."
Vrindavani Avila June 2017
The Stonewall Foundation of Greater Sacramento is a 501(c)(3) corporation that funds university scholarships to support students working to increase LGBTQ equity and representation in civic affairs.