Performers at the uniTy 2016 fundraiser at the Edison in Los Angeles.
More than $70,000 was raised to support California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) transgender population data collection at the uniTy 2016 fundraiser, hosted by The Williams Institute.
Honorees Shannon Minter and Laverne Cox.
Shannon Minter, Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), and actress and activist Laverne Cox were honored at the June 19 event, attended by an estimated 600 people, according to the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.
“I want to encourage each and every one of you to go out there and let more people know about the California Health Interview Survey, which we’re here to raise money about tonight, and how crucial that survey is going to be in terms of collecting data about transgender people,” Cox told the crowd.
She posted about the event on Instagram.
Jans and Clary with their auction prize.
Matt Jans, CHIS methodology manager, was at the event with his wife Laura Clary. Jans helped develop the transgender survey questions with the Williams Institute.
To cap the evening, Jans won one of the event auction items — a toilet seat artfully decorated with a gender-neutral logo done in string art.
“We felt lucky to acquire such a unique artwork that highlights a major civil rights issue of our day, and support the Williams Institute at the same time,” Jans said.