Invest locally to advance Gender and LGBT Rights in emerging communities
Leaders in culturally conservative communities must exercise great personal courage in championing progress toward equal rights for women and sexual minorities. F4C donors are working to support progressive younger-generation leaders in these communities by investing in their efforts to transform cultural norms shaped by religion and custom and prejudice.
“Women’s rights are human rights; and human rights are women’s rights” – Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.N. 4th World Conference on Women, Beijing, China, 1995
Leaders Creating Change
James Mitsuo Cua As early as 1986, with a $1,000 grant to the "West Coast Conference by & for Old Lesbians," Foundation for Change donors were supporting causes of Gender and LGBT Equality. In 1994 the organization established the James M. Cua Award, honoring our late board member, community activist, and friend who died of AIDS that year. Jim Cua dedicated his life to the cause of social justice and was an outspoken champion of human rights and equality for all. A gay man born to a first-generation Japanese immigrant mother and a second-generation Filipino-American, he championed LGBT rights in ethnic minority communities and fought against racism in the LGBT community by forming several racially-based support organizations. Before succumbing to the disease, Jim founded a residential shelter for people with AIDS. He was a living embodiment of inclusivity, a core value at the Foundation for Change.
Today the Foundation for Change carries on this proud legacy by championing the human rights of women and sexual minorities, with a particular passion for LGBT migrants and immigrants in the San Diego/Tijuana border region.