PHILADELPHIA, May 1 /USNewswire-PRNewswire/ -- Equality Forum, a
national and international GLBT civil rights organization, will recognize
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson with its 13th annual International Role
Model Award, and Wachovia Corporation will receive its 2008 International
Business Leadership Award. The awards will be presented at the
International Equality Dinner at the National Constitution Center in
Philadelphia on Saturday, May 3 during Equality Forum 2008.
As Governor of New Mexico, Richardson has expanded anti-discrimination
laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity, and signed into law
the state's hate crimes legislation for acts including those based on
sexual orientation and gender identity. He provided state health insurance
for domestic partnerships, and called a special legislative session to
enact civil union benefits.
"Throughout his career in public service, Governor Richardson has been
a strong supporter and friend of the GLBT community. Governor Richardson
has repeatedly used his political standing to champion GLBT civil rights,"
stated Malcolm Lazin, Executive Director of Equality Forum.
Prior International Role Model recipients include former Canadian Prime
Minister Jean Chretien, Martina Navratilova, Phil Donahue, MTV, Chinese Gay
Pioneer Zhou Dan, among others. The International Business Leadership Award
has been previously awarded to Comcast, IBM, and M.A.C Cosmetics, among
"Wachovia has been at the vanguard of FORTUNE 500 Companies in
providing workplace equality and in its support of GLBT organizations,"
Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell is the Honorary Dinner Chair. John
Alchin, former EVP and Co-CFO of Comcast Corporation serves as the Dinner
Equality Forum presents the largest annual national and international
GLBT civil rights forum. The 16th annual Equality Forum will be held April
28 to May 4, 2008 in Philadelphia. There is no registration fee and all
substantive programs are free.
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Equality Forum 2008 has 34 panels, 14 parties and 15 special events in
collaboration with 61 regional, state, national and international
Equality Forum is a national and international GLBT civil rights
organization with an educational focus. Equality Forum coordinates GLBT
History Month, produces documentary films, undertakes high impact
initiatives and presents the largest annual national and international GLBT
civil rights forum.
SOURCE Equality Forum