24th Annual Spirit of Justice Award Dinner

Thank you to everyone who made GLAD’s 24th Annual Spirit of Justice Award Dinner such a special night!

It was a privilege to gather in community to celebrate 20 years of marriage equality and honor
the Goodridge plaintiffs whose landmark case propelled greater acceptance, protection,
and integration of LGBTQ+ people and families.

We are grateful to everyone who joined us for a night of reflection and
renewed commitment to the fight for LGBTQ+ equity and justice.

Check out the fabulous photos from the event!

Watch the powerful remarks from the event’s speakers:

Mary Bonauto

Senior Director of Civil Rights & Legal Strategies, Mary Bonauto, reflects on the challenges currently facing the LGBTQ+ movement and shares why she’s hopeful about our path forward.

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Linda and Gloria Bailey-Davies

Linda and Gloria Bailey-Davies, plaintiffs in the landmark Goodridge decision that made Massachusetts the first state to recognize marriage equality, reflect on the courage it took to join this case and their commitment to the fight and to each other.

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Julie Goodridge

Julie Goodridge, one of the named plaintiffs in the landmark Goodridge decision that made Massachusetts the first state to recognize marriage equality, discusses the importance of their case and what they accomplished, while emphasizing that the fight for full LGBTQ+ equality continues.

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Dee Deidre Farmer

Dee Deidre Farmer, renowned prisoner rights advocate and the first transgender plaintiff to have a case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1989, urged us not to stay silent in the face of injustice. Dee shared her powerful story of rape and abuse while incarcerated and her courageous decision to stand up for her rights. Her case, Farmer v. Brennan, changed the discourse around prisoners’ right to be protected from violence.

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Thank you to everyone who contributed to our matching gift challenge and renewed or increased
your leadership in the fight for equity and justice. You helped us raise over $700,000, unlock 
a $50,000 matching gift, and add 26 new members to our Equal Justice Council.

We are so grateful for your passion and generosity.

If you didn’t have a chance to donate during the event, there’s still time to do so!

Host Committee

Co-Chairs

Gavin Alexander
Jamie Bergeron

Members

Annika Bockius-Suwyn
Jean-Phillip Brignol
Ray Cheng
Colin Kegler
Liz Monnin Browder
Joyce Murdoch
Mario Nimock
Michael Thompson

As of November 6, 2023