By Barangay LA
Los Angeles, CA – April 22, 2013 - Barangay Los Angeles, the longest running Filipino LGBTQ organization in the United States, presents the Kapwa Awards – a benefit to honor every day Filipino LGBTQ heroes. Each individual surpasses all expectations and has made significant contributions to their individual causes. In addition, the benefit celebrates the organization’s 23 years of advocacy and progressive representation of the Filipino LGBTQ and the larger API communities.
“These members of our community have given not only their time, but their strength of spirit,” says Robert Julius Maullon, Barangay Los Angeles President. “Their advocacy work stems from their desire to empower LGBTQ individuals and the belief that a progressive image of our community can lead to acceptance and equality for all.”
The Kapwa Awards shall honor the following individuals:These members of our community have given not only their time, but their strength of spirit,” says Robert Julius Maullon, Barangay Los Angeles President. “Their advocacy work stems from their desire to empower LGBTQ individuals and the belief that a progressive image of our community can lead to acceptance and equality for all.”
The Kapwa Awards shall honor the following individuals:
GIL MANGAOANG – Peter Corpus Tribute Award
Gil Mangaoang, activist and longtime AIDS/HIV awareness advocate, has made tremendous impacts on lives that exceed the LGBTQ community. His passion includes decades of work with civil and human rights, impacting the lives of many Filipinos and inspiring them to break through the barriers of minority life through thoughtful words and progressive actions. Gil’s recent work with APAIT Health Center has proven successful toward their mission for the well-being of medically underserved communities. Barangay Los Angeles is proud to present him with the esteemed Peter Corpus Tribute Award.
JANNELLE SO – Progressive Visibility Award
Jannelle So has dedicated her career to the pursuit of truth and progressive representation of the Filipino community in the media. As the host of Southern California’s first and only talk show for Filipinos and Filipino Americans, Jannelle is the daily voice of our community. She has shown significant support for LGBTQ issues and is the proud recipient of the Progressive Visibility Award.
RYTH MENDEZ – Outstanding Youth Leadership Award
Ryth Mendez, a recent graduate of UCLA with a degree in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies, has confidently represented the LGBTQ community through times of ignorance, bullying, and inequality. They have helped other youth to fully realize their identity and find acceptance through leadership organizations such as Queer Pinoy Pinay Conference, API Equality-LA, UCLA LGBT Center, and Barangay Los Angeles. Ryth represents the future of LGBTQ advocacy and is the recipient of the Outstanding Youth Leadership Award.
RICHIE SELVA – Lifetime Achievement Award
Richie Selva has been organizing for more than 20 years in the gay/Asian/Filipino community in Los Angeles and Orange County. He has been a mentor and guide to many young Filipino LGBTQ individuals through organizations such as Human Rights Campaign, Asian Film Festival, and Asian Pacific Islander Pride Council. Richie has assisted in shaping Barangay Los Angeles’ ongoing mission to create safe spaces and to serve our members wholeheartedly. The organization would not be where it is today if not for Mr. Selva. and he is well deserving of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
API EQUALITY-LA – Organizational Award
Founded in 2005, API Equality-LA has been a tireless advocate in the Greater Los Angeles Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities for fair treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ people and marriage equality for same-sex couples.
Every year, their dedicated volunteers have one-on-one conversations with thousands of Asian voters about marriage equality, participate in parades and protests, reach out to ethnic media, build bridges to faith communities, and organize educational events on a broad array of social justice issues of importance to API LGBTQ people. This organization has raised considerable awareness of LGBTQ issues and is recognized with this year’s Organizational Award.
Barangay Los Angeles cordially invites members of the Filipino and LGBTQ communities, leaders, and media to support this important visibility event. “Everything we have done and will continue to do is for the good of the Filipino LGBTQ community,” says Maullon. “We’re so proud of our honorees and hope they continue to serve as inspirations for years to come.”
The Kapwa Awards will be held on May 5, 2013 from 11:00am to 3:00pm at Spirit House in Monterey Park. General admission tickets are $30 and general admission with a VIP mimosa reception is $40. The benefit is proudly sponsored by Seafood City, Toyota Downtown L.A., ELEV8, and the generous contributions of supporters such as past Barangay Los Angeles President, Francis Aquino. All proceeds will support Barangay Los Angeles’ community programming throughout the year.
For more event and ticket information: http://www.barangayla.org/