It has been a persistent challenge for LGBTQ people and LGBTQ people of color (POC) to create a truly inclusive and diverse community. This has been especially true with respect to African-American LGBTQ people, whose full inclusion in the LGBTQ community has rarely been more than an aspiration.
In that spirit, and in recognition of the imperative to invest in developing leadership and organizational resources in the LGBTQ African-American and other POC communities, Horizons Foundation partnered with And Castro For All to establish the Rickey Williams Fellowships. From 2006 to 2010, these fellowships recognized and supported outstanding LGBTQ leaders from communities of color, while also supporting LGBTQ organizations that focus on communities of color. The awardees worked directly with other professionals on projects that benefited the organization and provided measurable leadership skills for the fellow.
Horizons is proud of these fellowships and salutes the work and, in many cases, continuing leadership of their recipients:
- Aryenish Birdie, Trikone
- Niralli D’Costa, Trikone
- T. Kebo Drew, Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project
- Angel C. Fabian, Gente Latina de Ambiente (GELAAM)
- Ryan Fuimaono, Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center
- Duc Le, Song That Radio
- Miss Major, Transgender Variant Intersex Justice Project
- Zwazzi Sowo, Northern California Coalition/Black Freedom Fighters
- Vicky Valentine, Health Initiatives for Youth
- Javarre Cordero Wilson, Black Coalition on AIDS