Happy to see my Louisville homegirl and Louisville Human Relations Commissioner Dawn Wilson was honored October 1 by the University of Louisville during its 2015 Pride Week festivities with the establishment of a scholarship in her name.
“Tonight , I was honored to not only to have a scholarship named in my
honor at the University of Louisville but I also met the dynamic
Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement,.” said Wilson in a statement on her FV page “This new
scholarship will offer LGBTQ students of color opportunities to pursue their collegiate dreams”
Patrisse Cullors was the keynote speaker for UL Pride Week, and her keynote speech also happened on Thursday night.
Dawn Wilson is one of the pioneering trans peeps y’all need to get to know. She took part in the Phyllis Frye run lobby day in Washington DC in 1994, founded the Louisville based Bluegrass Belles trans group, helped pass trans inclusive human rights ordinances in Louisville and her hometown of Lexington in 1998, was the first African-American trans person to win the IFGE Trinity Award in 2000, helped organize the Transsistahs-Transbrothas trans POC conventions in 2005-2006 in Louisville and has been an integral part of the Louisville and Kentucky human rights community for over two decades.
And yeah, she’s one of my mentors.
The Wilson scholarship is for LGBTQI college bound students of color who wish to attend college on the University of Louisville campus, and may be the first of its kind offered on a college campus located in the South.,