Celebrating Courage: Honoring Judge Karen Atala's Relentless Battle for Justice and Rep. Baldwin’s Leadership for LGBT Rights

Media Advisory

July 11th, 2012

Media Contacts:
Roberta Sklar, 917-704-6358
Brian Tofte-Schumacher, 212-430-6015


A Celebration of Courage, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission’s signature benefit and annual Human Rights Award Gala


Judge Karen Atala, Felipa de Souza Honoree
Representative Tammy Baldwin, Special Recognition Honoree

Christine C. Quinn, Speaker, New York City Council
Suzanne Goldberg, Esq. Director, Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Columbia Law School

Maulik Pancholy, (of "30 Rock", "Whitney", "Weeds")


Monday, July 16th 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Reception 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Program 7:15pm to 8:15pm, Reception Continues to 9:00pm


Art Director's Club, 106 W 29th Street, New York City


Each year, since 1994, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission has honored those making a significant, lasting, and heroic impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people worldwide.

This year we honor two extraordinary women, Judge Karen Atala, whose historic win at the Inter-American Court was the result of her relentless battle for justice, and Representative Tammy Baldwin, whose leadership on LGBT rights in Congress has had a lasting impact. Presenters Christine Quinn and Suzanne Goldberg are extraordinary advocates for equality, each in their own right.

Judge Karen Atala, after an arduous eight-year legal battle with the State of Chile, won the first-ever Inter-American Court ruling to protect individuals from discrimination based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This historic ruling is a victory for Judge Atala and LGBT Chileans as well as for LGBT people throughout the Americas. Suzanne Goldberg, co-counsel for the landmark case Lawrence v. Texas, Columbia University law professor and longtime advocate for gender and sexuality rights will present the distinguished Felipa de Souza award to Judge Atala.

Representative Tammy Baldwin, the first woman elected to Congress in Wisconsin and the first openly gay challenger ever to be elected, is an ardent supporter of LGBT rights nationally and internationally. Rep. Baldwin spoke out against the 2009 Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda and created the LGBT Equality Caucus in Congress which led to the education of many on human rights abuses still brought against LGBT people here and abroad. New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn will present the Special Recognition Award to Rep. Baldwin on IGLHRC’s behalf.

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), founded in 1990, is a leading international human rights organization dedicated to improving the lives of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. We are dedicated to strengthening the capacity of the LGBT human rights movement worldwide to conduct documentation of LGBT human rights violations and by engaging in human rights advocacy with partners around the globe. We work with the United Nations, regional human rights monitoring bodies and civil society partners. IGLHRC holds consultative status at the United Nations as a recognized Non-Governmental Organization representing the concerns and human rights of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender people worldwide. For more information about the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission visit: www.iglhrc.org.