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Four Freedoms 2022

    2022 Four Freedoms Gala Reception

    Stonewall celebrated our Annual Four Freedoms Awards Reception on August 24, 2022, at the Tsakolpolous Galleria, at 828 I Street, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. 

    This year, Mayor Darrell Steinberg attended in person.

    Rosanna Herber, a Democrat incumbent running for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Board, was also be present.  Herber is the highest-ranking openly LGBT elected official in Sacramento County.

    We presented awards to two outstanding LGBTQ elected officials: State Senator Scott Weiner (Dem-11th), and Mayor Lisa Middleton of Palm Springs.

    State Senator Scott Weiner

    State Senator Weiner is a champion for LGBTQ+ rights and former Chair of the state legislature’s LGBT Legislative Caucus. He has introduced bills that were signed into law such as SB 145 that stops officials from putting LGBT young people on the sex offender registry, when this never happens to similarly situated young straight people. Senator Weiner also introduced SB 159. This law increases access to HIV prevention medication.

    Mayor Lisa Middleton, Palm Springs

    Stonewall Democrats selected Mayor Lisa Middleton of Palm Springs for her outstanding contributions as an elected transgender official. She is the third transgender person in US History to serve as Mayor of an American city, and the first transgender person to serve as Mayor in the state of California. Moreover, Ms. Middleton is the first transgender person elected to a political office in the state of California.


    Every year, the Sacramento Stonewall Democratic Club holds a gala where we recognize local leaders who embody the goals of the club and of the Democratic Party – freedom from fear and want, freedom of expression, and freedom of worship. The idea comes from Franklin Roosevelt’s Annual Address to Congress in 1941. 

    Historical List of Award Recipients

    Freedom From Fear

    2019     Ebony Ava Harper

    2018    Senator Cathleen Galgiani

    2017     Evan Minton

    2016     David Heitstuman

    2015      Assemblymember Susan Eggman

    2014      Ben Hudson

    2013       Dr. Claire Pomeroy, Vice-Chancellor and Dean, UC Davis Health System

    2012       Assemblymember Roger Dickinson

    2011       Pam Whitely

    2010       Dr Jennifer Choy, DO

    2009       Tina Reynolds of Equality Action Now

    2008       The Satender Justice Coalition

    2007       Mayor Heather Fargo

    2006       Yvonne Neis

    2005       The Honorable Gary Miller

    2004       The Court of the Great Northwest Imperial Empire (CGNIE)

    Freedom of Speech and Expression

    2019     Assemblymember Evan Low

    2018      Genevieve Shiroma

    2017      Bonnie Osborn

    2016      Michael Mendez

    2015      Assemblymember Tom Ammiano

    2014       Larry Levine

    2013       West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon

    2012       Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett

    2011       Sacramento Valley Veterans

    2010       Fred Palmer, Publisher Outword

    2009       City Council Member Ray Tretheway

    2008       Alice Huffman, NAACP

    2007       Jay Hansen

    2006       Honorable Willie Brown

    2005       Marghe Covino

    2004       Gail Lang

    Freedom of Worship

    2019      Jeff Freitas

    2018     Eric Bauman

    2017      Basim Elkarra

    2016      Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

    2015      Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer

    2014       Mary Helen Doherty

    2013       Rev. Faith Whitmore, District Director for Congressman Ami Bera

    2012       The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

    2011       Rabbi Mona Alfi, Congregation B’Nai Israel

    2010       David Schenirer, McClatchy High School Student & Member Congregation B’Nai Israel

    2009       Rev. Dr Brian Baker, Trinity Cathedral

    2008       Rev. Lindi Ramsden, Unitarian Universalist Society

    2007       Rev. Robyn Hartwig, Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer

    2006       Rev. Dr. David Thompson, Westminster Presbyterian Church

    2005       Rev. Charles Cooper, Metropolitan Community Church

    2004       Rev. Don Fado, St Mark’s United Methodist Church

    Freedom from Want

    2019     Mandy Lee

    2018     Carrie Holmes

    2017     Rachel Iskow

    2016      SEIU local 1000 Lavender Committee

    2015      Senate pro Tem Emeritus Darrell Steinberg

    2014       Rosanna Herber

    2013       Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna

    2012       Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

    2011       Assemblymember Richard Pan, MD

    2010       Betty Yee, Chair, State Board of Equalization

    2009       Mike Whiteside

    2008       Ralph Seibert, student youth counselor

    2007       State Controller John Chiang

    2006       County Supervisor Illa Collin

    2005       Paul Curtis

    2004       Ellen Pontac and Shelly Bailes

    President’s Award

    2019     (no award)

    2018     Colonel Pat Thompson

    2017      Honorable Carole Migden

    2016      Speaker Emeritus of the Assembly Toni Atkins

    2015       Denny Mangers

    2014       Senator Mark Leno

    2013       Sacramento City  Councilmember Steve Hansen

    2012*      Dr. Darrick Lawson (Founder’s Award)

    2012       Ft. Worth, TX City Councilmember Joel Burns

    2011       (no special award)

    2010       Speaker John Perez

    2009       Attorney General Jerry Brown

    2008       Laurie McBride

    2007       (no award)

    2006       (no award)

    2005       Chrissy Gephardt (Grand Freedom Award)

    2004       Judy Shepherd (Grand Freedom Award)

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