Thank you to everyone who made our 23rd 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 Nadine Smith with the Spirit of Justice Award. Nadine is the Executive Director of Equality Florida and a lifelong advocate for human rights and LGBTQ+ equality.

Nadine called for us all to carry on through this moment – not by out-hating or out-destroying, but with community:

“The way you stand up to terror is not to be terrorized. Love, hope, and joy…is the thing that has gotten us through over and over and over again… Love makes you brave. Joy makes you clever. And hope makes you strong… In this moment, it is the antidote to what they are coming at us with. It is the antidote to fear. And so, let us continue, as we always have, to be resilient, to sing in our grief, to laugh in our pain, to look out for one another, and to hold on to love, hope, and joy.”

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The event was an incredible night of advocacy, connection, and hope.

It was also an opportunity for GLAD to announce a new strategic agenda – one that recognizes the profound challenges our community and our country are facing.

Read more about GLAD’s commitment to meeting these challenges and sustaining our fight for justice for all.

Thanks to supporters like you, we were able to raise over a quarter of a million dollars at the Spirit of Justice to support our work to protect the rights of LGBTQ+ people and pursue the promise of freedom and justice for all.

You can still support this critical work by making a gift to our Rise the Challenge match today!

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