Equality California (EQCA) brings the voices of LGBTQ people and their allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States. EQCA strives to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. EQCA advances civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating, and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of the LGBTQ community.

Once a year the EQCA hosts a Gala Awards dinner in Los Angeles to celebrate the inspiring leaders of the LGBTQ community. With over 1,200 people in attendance, EQCA awarded Kathy Griffin with the “Ally Leadership Award” Kathy Griffin’s speech focused on the importance of voting, especially LGBTQ citizens who have long been marginalized.

Next up, legendary Los Angeles icon Jewel Thais-Williams took the stage to receive the “Community Leadership Award”. You might know Jewel from the documentary on her famed nightclub, Jewel’s Catch One.

Last but not least, Karamo Brown from Netflix’s Queer Eye, accepted the final recognition of the night, the  “Visibility award” on behalf of the Fab Five.

It was truly a night to celebrate equality.

At Turo, we are working hard to forge strong partnerships with organizations and advocates in the LGBTQ community to show our continued support and do our part.

Pablo Benavente (Left, Government Relations Manager at Turo), Karamo Brown (Right)

Pablo Benavente (Left, Government Relations Manager at Turo), Karamo Brown (Right)