22nd Annual Spirit of Justice Award Dinner
Thursday, October 21 2021
Virtual AND In-Person at Boston Park Plaza
50 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116
(Proof of Vaccination Required for In-Person Attendees)
About the Event
Thank you to everyone who made our 22nd Annual Spirit of Justice Award Dinner such a success!
GLAD’s biggest event of the year brought together supporters of LGBTQ+ equality for an opportunity to unite in resistance, look toward a future of true justice, and support GLAD’s life-changing mission.
This year, we were thrilled to honor Kylar W. Broadus with the Spirit of Justice Award. Kylar is a trailblazing advocate, attorney, author, professor, and leader for the transgender community. Read more about Kylar and his impactful work here.
Watch the powerful remarks from the event’s speakers:
GLAD Senior Staff Attorney Patience Crozier reflects on the past year and GLAD’s work, specifically how we’re approaching the issues that most impact our community.
Ashton Mota is a tireless young advocate for LGBTQ rights, particularly the rights of transgender youth of color. He courageously shared his story during the Yes on 3 campaign to defend nondiscrimination protections in Massachusetts in 2018 and spoke at a White House Pride month event earlier this year, where he also introduced President Biden. He is currently a junior in high school, and joined us by video from his semester abroad in Spain.
Ashton’s mother, Carmen Paulino, is a fierce advocate for her son as well as for transgender youth impacted by the foster care system. As an intensive foster care parent and community volunteer, Carmen has worked with struggling parents to affirm their transgender children and provide comprehensive support to trans youth in her care. Every day, Carmen works within a system that seems designed to hinder, not help, transgender youth. And every day, she pushes that system to be a little bit better than it is.
GLAD Transgender Rights Project Director Jennifer Levi introduces the 2021 Spirit of Justice Award Honoree Kylar Broadus. The award recognizes someone whose work and achievements reflect a profound dedication to GLAD’s ideals of a just and equitable society.
GLAD’s 2021 Honoree, Kylar Broadus, is a trailblazing transgender rights pioneer. In his acceptance speech, Kylar discussed the challenges we face and the path forward. Read more about Kylar and his impactful work here.
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As of October 6th, 2021
Holland & Knight LLP
The Rev. David Shepherd King
Shari & Bob Levitan
Rockland Trust - Blue Hills Charitable Foundation
5 Star Travel Tzell
Above & Beyond Catering
Atwater Wealth Management
Burns & Levinson LLP
Cambridge Savings Bank
Day Pitney LLP
DLA Piper LLP US
Locke Lord LLP
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Prince Lobel Tye LLP
The Boston Foundation
Trillium Asset Management
Wolf Greenfield & Sacks PC
Latham & Watkins LLP
Mead, Talerman & Costa LLC
Sun Life Financial
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Edward S. W. Boesel
Butcher Law LLC
Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Justice Resource Institute
Law Offices of P. Christopher DiOrio
Lawson & Weitzen LLP
Diane K. Lincoln
John B. Nay, Jr.
Sidley Austin LLP
Samantha Rosman & David Rosman
United Parish of Auburndale
Wilson, Marino & Bonnevie, P.C.