Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund recently announced that Evan Wolfson will be a recipient of its Liberty Award at a dinner April 30 in New York. Evan Wolfson is an A Wider Bridge 2017 LGBTQ Leadership Mission alumnus and the founder of Freedom to Marry.
“We are thrilled to recognize Evan Wolfson, one of our own alumni, with this year’s Community Legacy Award,” said Lambda Legal CEO Rachel B. Tiven in a news release. “Evan’s clarity about true equality drove his work at Lambda Legal and then beyond. As a lawyer at Lambda, he not only brought the first successful marriage equality case in Hawaii – he also led the case that challenged the Boy Scouts’ exclusion of gay people. He left Lambda Legal to create Freedom to Marry, and moved national opinion to favor equality. In all of his work he sees the long game, and he leads others with love and hope.”
Wolfson said that he hopes the Lambda Legal honor “inspires us all to believe in the possibility of change, the ability to reach and persuade others, and our power individually and together through vital organizations like Lambda, to get our country back on track and then the world.”
The community must also keep the marriage conversation going, “with its power to grow empathy and visibility and thus continue the momentum for change,” he said. “We must fight to establish meaningful protections against discrimination at the federal, state, and local levels; and we must work to ensure that people’s lived experience is everything it should be in every community and part of the country. We don’t just want good laws, we want good lives.”
Wolfson was honored along with Arthur Slepian at AWB’s A Wider Benefit event in December, 2017.