Governor Bill Richardson to Receive International Role Model Award at International Equality Dinner

May 01, 2008, 01:00 ET from Equality Forum

    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,"
 said Lazin.
     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.
     For more information about traveling to Philadelphia visit To book airline reservations, visit
     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.

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