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Freedom Center for Social Justice Receives Inaugural 2013 Equality NC Foundation “Organization of the Year” Award

Award to be presented at 2013 Equality NC Foundation Gala on Nov. 9, in Greensboro

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Freedom Center founder and exec. dir., Bishop Tonyia Rawls

Raleigh, N.C. (October 16, 2013) — Equality NC Foundation announced today that Charlotte-based Freedom Center for Social Justice (FCSJ) will receive the inaugural 2013 Equality NC Foundation “Organization of the Year” Award.

The award will be presented to FCSJ founder and executive director Bishop Tonyia Rawls at the 2013 Equality NC Foundation Gala, November 9, in Greensboro.

REGISTER NOW for the 2013 Equality NC Foundation Gala: https://equalityncfoundation.org/gala

Equality NC Foundation’s inaugural “Organization of the Year” award recognizes an extraordinary North Carolina organization performing groundbreaking work for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender citizens.

Freedom Center for Social Justice seeks to enhance quality of life by increasing the number of healthy options and opportunities available to low income communities, communities of color, LGBT populations and youth. To honor its broad mission and support these important goals, the Freedom Center for Social Justice has established programs and initiatives that help create true cultural change within communities, businesses, organizations and institutions that serve and connect marginalized communities, including The Transgender Employment Program, The Transgender Faith and Action Network and most recently The LGBTQ Law Center.

As a Southern-based organization, Freedom Center for Social Justice is a rising star on the national stage, providing invaluable education on issues of employment, healthcare, and law at the intersections of poverty, people of color, immigrant communities and excluded and marginalized sexual minorities.

For more on Freedom Center for Social Justice - Equality NC Foundation's 2013 "Organization of the Year," visit: http://equalityncfoundation.org/gala/2013awards/freedom_center_for_social_justice

"Equality NC Foundation is honored to recognize the extraordinary work of this amazing partner in the fight for LGBT rights at the 2013 Equality NC Foundation Gala,” said Chris Sgro, Executive Director of Equality NC Foundation. “We encourage all advocates for Equality to join us for this special evening as we celebrate the tremendous work of Bishop Rawls and the entire Freedom Center for Social Justice team.”

Additional recipients of 2013 Equality NC Foundation Awards include:

N.C. Sen. Josh Stein, Raleigh, N.C.
(2013 Inaugural Jamie Kirk Hahn Ally Award)
The Jamie Kirk Hahn Ally Award is lasting tribute to a hero of Equality taken too soon. This inaugural acknowledgement of Jamie's extraordinary pro-equality work, named posthumously in her honor, is awarded to a North Carolina LGBT ally for the ages.

N.C. Rep. Tricia Cotham, Matthews, N.C.
(2013 Legislative Leadership Award)
The annual Equality NC Foundation Legislative Leadership Award recognizes exemplar pro-equality leadership in the North Carolina General Assembly.

Janet Joyner, Winston-Salem, N.C.
(2013 Bob Page Equality Champion Award)
The Bob Page Equality Champion Award - named for a visionary leader in North Carolina's LGBT movement - honors a legacy of advocacy for LGBT North Carolinians.

For more information about the awards and recipients, visit: http://equalityncfoundation.org/gala/2013awards.

The awards will be presented at the 2013 Equality NC Foundation Gala on Saturday, November 9, in downtown Greensboro (Empire Room, 203 S Elm St., Greensboro, NC 27401.) Registration details for the 2013 Equality NC Foundation Gala is available at: http://equalityncfoundation.org/gala.


Equality NC is a statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender North Carolinians.

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