2019 Awards Dinner
The 2019 eQuality Scholars were announced at the 30th Anniversary eQuality Scholarship Awards Dinner on Friday, May 17, at Delancey Street Town Hall in San Francisco.
"Thank you so much to each person here who is showing up for LGBTQ students...Queer and trans students need our community's support to be able to reach high, get educated at every level...to break glass ceilings, to become leaders advocating for our communities. eQuality Scholarship Collaborative brings our community together to lend tangible support we students need to succeed, both in addressing financial barriers in education...and also breaking down the social barriers around just supporting queer and trans students and helping us know that we're loved and people are behind us."
"Receiving this scholarship empowers us to go on and fight and advocate for our community...this gift is more than a financial gift; it is a gift of hope, of trust, and of inspiration to make the most of our futures and to make our world a better place."
"Tonight, I'm accompanied by...my mom, a first-generation Filipina immigrant, the hero of my life...Mom, tonight we stand at the crossroads of hope and opportunity, an intersection that once felt impossible where we're from. This is the promised American dream; this is what it looks like; this one's for you."
"I'm incredibly grateful for receiving the scholarship, because my entire life I know that I've wanted to become an advocate for people, whether it be for Muslims in China, residents in Flint, or even our homeless in this very city. This scholarship proves that my determination is paying off...I believe that forging a better world is only done by advocacy, equality, and communication."
"I come from Kern County, which is a wonderful place...but unfortunately it's a very socially conservative area...To come to a place where sexuality and gender identity is embraced and celebrated, it's incredible."
"The opportunity to share this space with all of my beautiful queer family, this is a sacred space that we are in, and I am honored to be in the building with all of you. I come from Del Norte County...it is very very rural. There are literally no organizations or resources specifically dedicated to LGBTQ+ individuals."
"GSA Network taught me so much about organizing, the different laws impacting us in schools and everywhere, and they led me to...create and found my own QT club GSA...and have that as a focus for supporting trans kids at my school [Oakland School for the Arts], especially the...middle schoolers."
Eric Hsu & James Chambers
“PG&E” refers to the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation.