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Equality California to honor Vincent Pompei at San Diego ceremony

SAN DIEGO -- Vincent Pompei has been named the State Farm Good Neighbor Award honoree for the San Diego Equality Awards on June 1, presented by Equality California.

Pompei is the project director for the Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership, and the chair for the only national educator conference focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth. He is currently a full time doctoral candidate at San Diego State University and is a former middle school and high school teacher.

“Vincent’s passion and dedication to LGBT youth make him the best kind of neighbor to have — engaged, energized and effective,” said John O’Connor, EQCA executive director. “We’re proud to recognize his hard work with the State Farm Good Neighbor award.”

The State Farm Good Neighbor Award is given to a community activist who embodies the grassroots work that is essential to securing a state of full equality. Last year’s award winner was Dr. Joel Trambly, recognized for his longstanding activism within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The San Diego Equality Awards will take place on Saturday, June 1, at the Prado in Balboa Park.

About the Equality Awards

The 2013 Equality Awards are presented by AT&T and sponsored by State Farm Insurance, Wells Fargo and Southwest Airlines. For more information about the Equality Awards, click HERE. For tickets or sponsorship information, contact Jack Lorenz at jack@eqca.org or by calling 310.266.0502. Direct all media inquiries or credential requests to Communications Director Jesse Melgar by emailing jesse@eqca.org or by calling 323-848-9801.

About Equality California

Equality California (EQCA) is the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy organization in California. For more than a decade, Equality California has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for LGBT individuals to a state with some of the most comprehensive protections in the nation. Equality California has partnered with legislators to successfully pass over 90 pieces of pro-equality legislation and continues to advance equality through legislative advocacy, electoral work, public education and community empowerment. www.eqca.org