Activist and Parkland shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez will be among those honored at Champions of PRIDE hosted by The Advocate. The annual event will take place in West Hollywood on June 1 and honors leaders in the LGBTQ community from across the country.
Since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people, Gonzalez has become one of the most prominent figures pushing for gun control legislation. Prior to the shooting, Gonzalez was the president of the school’s LGBT club, and in an interview with The Advocate, she said the lessons she learned from being a part of that movement helped her in her struggle for gun reform.
“There’s always going to be bullies picking on kids,” she said. “But the crusty old statements people throw at us, it’s not like people think that’s more acceptable. They are threatened by the numbers they saw and they are afraid of losing their positions of power.”
Gonzalez will be honored with a speech by her classmate, Karamo Brown. Other honorees include transgender actress Cece Suazo and Illinois General Assembly candidate Lamont Robinson, who became the first openly gay black candidate to win a primary for that office. The event will take place at L.A.’s Beverly Center.
Read the complete list of Advocate champions from every state in the union.