Cathy Blackstone

A Fulfilled Life through Volunteering at ALRP

In 2006, Cathy Blackstone had her hands full at work, but it wasn’t enough to keep her satisfied. She wanted to volunteer in her spare time, and she wanted to make a difference with an organization that served the LGBT community and advanced civil rights. When she went online and started looking for opportunities to serve on a nonprofit board, ALRP became the beneficiary of her boundless energy.

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One for All Major Donor Party – 2012

ALRP celebrated Angels & Advocates Council members at the One for All Major Donor Party on May 23, 2012. The event was attended by over 70 guests and held at the waterfront Plant Cafe. Thanks to our generous donors, ALRP has raised almost $70,000 toward our $80,000 goal.

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Major Donor Party 2012 a Major Success!

ALRP celebrated our Angels & Advocates Council members at this special major donor party, attended by over 70 guests.

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Mayor Lee Restores Millions in AIDS Funding

On May 16, ALRP staff and San Francisco Supervisors spoke out against the federal government’s decision to cut $8 million in funding for HIV/AIDS care and prevention services. In response, Mayor Ed Lee pledged to backfill the cuts in his budget proposal.

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Outreach Presentation for Transgender Group

In response to the recent burial of a transgender woman in men’s clothes, ALRP conducted an outreach presentation on the importance of communicating end-of-life wishes.

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Staff Attorney Ana Montano Receives Award

ALRP staff attorney Ana Montano was recognized by the UC Hastings La Raza Law Students Association on April 2 for her “life-long commitment to supporting the underrepresented.”

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Asylum Granted for ALRP Client

ALRP is pleased to recognize new Panel attorney Christine Lin’s success in obtaining political asylum for an ALRP client who was persecuted in his home country.

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Fragrance-Free Care for Client

Whenever ALRP client Stokes first enters a space—the hallways of his apartment building, a city bus, a restaurant—only one thing crosses his mind. “Is this space safe for me?” In addition to being HIV-positive, Stokes suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Exposure to perfume or cologne causes him nausea, headaches, and difficulty breathing. Ironically, safe access to medical facilities has been one of his biggest challenges.

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Defending Clients Hurt on the Job

Panel attorney Michelle Mandel always wanted to follow in the footsteps of her father, a successful personal injury lawyer. Through her father’s work, Michelle learned that not only can traumatic accidents and negligent medical treatment be painful and debilitating, but they can often result in significant healthcare costs and lost wages.

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Folsom Street Fair – 2011

Over 70 ALRP volunteers braved the crowds and exploits at the 2011 Folsom Street Fair and parties. Although the day began gray and misty, the sun couldn’t resist showing its gratitude for ALRP volunteers in the afternoon. With your help, the “grand daddy of all leather events” was a true success. Thank you for donating your time and spirit to ensure that ALRP receives a portion of the proceeds.

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