HRC’s Hyacinth Alvaran Named 2010 Next Generation Award Winner
April 22, 2010
The following post comes from HRC's Associate Director of Diversity, Donna Payne: Hyacinth Alvaran has become one of the recipients of DC Metro Weekly’s 2010 Next Generation Award! The award is to honor the outstanding achievements of a select group of LGBT activists and leaders under the age of 30. Recipients will be honored for their contributions to the advancement of LGBT issues, the arts and political progress. Next Generation Award winners will receive their awards at a reception ceremony, and will be featured in a special issue of Metro Weekly on April 29, 2010. Hyacinth (aka Hy) is HRC’s Diversity Coordinator, in charge of special projects with our diversity co-chairs, addressing diversity issues at the local and national level. It is not an easy job accounting for the Diversity team’s whereabouts, keeping her finger on the pulse of co-chairs across the country (36 cities), coordinating meetings and conference calls to keep everyone connected. Last year, HRC entered into a partnership with the Ya Es Hora Coalition and her work expanded. Always guided by her sense of fairness and respect for others, Hy took on the challenge of building HRC’s commitment to partnering with Ya Es Hora. The coalition helped immigrants apply for U.S. citizenship at workshops organized by the allied coalitions. Many HRC volunteers, along with our allies, have helped LGBT and Latino/a people increase visibility, understanding, and support for both immigration issues and LGBT issues. She has been very active in the community by becoming the co-chair of Asian/Pacific Islander Queer Sisters (APIQS), which focuses on education, community, and the sisterhood of queer API women in Washington, D.C. She was also a workshop facilitator at the First National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) Conference as an APIQS representative. This was followed up by evenings canvassing and phone-banking on the 2008 Presidential Campaign for Obama, and serving on the planning committee for the 10th Annual Pride & Heritage Celebration. In November, Hy testified at the DC Council Hearing for the same-sex marriage bill that passed in March 2010.