2017 Annual Stoney Awards
Every year, the Stonewall Democratic Club hosts its Stoney Awards,
an opportunity to celebrate individuals and organizations that
are fighting for LGBTQI equality, and promoting social justice.
We recognize those who have protected our most vulnerable, and those
who set the standard for how to #Resist the new Administration’s worst.
This Year's Honorees
Elected Official of the Year Award
Congressman Adam Schiff represents California's 28th Congressional District. A member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Adam has become one of the most important progressive voices on national security issues, consistently holding the Trump administration accountable for its numerous ethical issues and harsh policies. Adam is a longtime supporter of the Club and a powerful voice for LGBTQI rights within the Congress. He is a key supporter of civil rights legislation for LGBTQI people and has sponsored legislation banning the cruel practice of "conversion therapy." "All Americans deserve the same basic rights as everyone else," Schiff explains, "that's why I have fought so hard for equality for all LGBTQI Americans.”
Public Official of the Year Award
Eric C. Bauman, is the Chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party and Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party. He is also a former President of the Stonewall Democratic Club. Since his earliest days as a grassroots activist, and later as a party leader, Eric has mentored and supported LGBTQI candidates and has played a key role in bringing LGBTQI people into leadership positions in the party. He has provided strong leadership to assure that the California Democratic Party and its leadership represent the rich diversity of our state. Under his stewardship, the Los Angeles County Democratic Party has become, not only the largest local Democratic Party organization
in the nation, but the most successful. Eric has been endorsed by Stonewall in his bid to become Chair of the California Democratic Party, becoming the first LGBTQI person to hold this position.
Organization of the Year Award
The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, is a CA-based social justice organization which has local, state, and national presence. CHIRLA’s mission is to advance the human, civil rights, and full integration of New Americans and their children into the fabric of society. CHIRLA advocates on behalf of the community through policy and advocacy, organizing, education and community building. This vision includes all immigrants, including those who are LGBTQI. For that reason, CHIRLA has, for the past 8 years, held monthly LGBTQI immigrant gatherings where issues regarding LGBTQI immigrants are discussed. In recent weeks, CHIRLA has taken a leading role in fighting the Trump administration’s draconian immigration and refugee policies and restrictions.
The Sheldon Andelson Award
Michaela Ivri Mendelsohn is a transgender activist, public speaker, and business professional with over forty years of entrepreneurial leadership experience. She is the CEO of Pollo West Corp, one of the largest franchisees for El Pollo Loco restaurants in the Western Region of the United States. She founded TransCanWork to connect transgender people with jobs in trans-friendly businesses and passionately advocates for transgender people in the workplace through her work with the California Restaurant Association, California Workforce Development Board & LBGT Coalition Partners. Her personal mission is to help transgender people find employment and make trans inclusion the New Normal in the workplace. Michaela is receiving the Sheldon Andelson Award, named after a local business owner and well-known philanthropist who raised
countless resources for LGBTQI advocacy and Democratic Party candidates, and is given to a business leader, company, or organization for their work toward the advancement of LGBTQI equality through business practices and company policies.
Member of the Year Award
Sean Kolodji is Chair of Stonewall's Membership & Credentialing Committee, acting co-Chair of the Political Action Committee, and has been an active member for nearly 10 years. As Membership & Credentialing Chair, Sean has worked to grow and diversify Stonewall's membership and to keep existing members engaged while managing the expanding membership and supporter database. He oversees credentialing at endorsement meetings and supervises ticketing at most Stonewall events. Sean spearheaded the effort to promote Stonewall members running for DNC and ADEM delegate positions. Sean has also provided assistance to the communications, community, and political teams. He organized an LGBT Center theatre night and a booth at the San Gabriel Valley Pride. He has assisted the political team by helping prepare for endorsements committee meetings and working with the team that organized the recent CD34 debate. An irredeemable political junkie, Sean is a regular presence at most Stonewall meetings and events and is known to relentlessly promote membership in Stonewall and participation in its events to anyone he meets.