Each year, LPAC honors a true Champion of Change who embodies the values of our organization and the change we want to see in the world. This year we are proud to honor equality activist and tennis legend Billie Jean King.
Named one of the “100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century” by Life magazine and a 2009 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Billie Jean King is the founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative and the co-founder of World TeamTennis. She founded the Women’s Sports Foundation and the Women’s Tennis Association. In August 2006, the National Tennis Center, home of the US Open, was renamed the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in honor of her accomplishments on and off the court. In 2017, Fox Searchlight released the critically acclaimed film, Battle of the Sexes, which depicts the cultural and social impact of the groundbreaking match. King serves on the boards of the Women’s Sports Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation and is a past member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition
Following in her family’s legendary footsteps. Chaunté Wayans has proven that funny is in her genes. As humbled as she is to be a part of the family legacy, she proudly represents this new generation of Wayans’ making it’s mark in Hollywood.
Born in NYC and raised in New Jersey, Chaunté Wayans is more than her famous last name. “I’ve lived between two different worlds my entire life. I grew up with the famous last name, minus the lavish lifestyle.” Chaunté blows away audiences with a unique ability to invite them into her unconventional life while being very relatable. Her comedy often revolves around her experiences as a lesbian and how it’s helped her see both sides of a relationship, whether masculine or feminine. “My life is an open book,” says Chaunté, “From growing up, trying to keep up with the famous last name and lifestyle, coming out of the closet, to battling and surviving the addiction to alcohol and drugs.”
Since pursuing a career in stand up comedy, Chaunté has toured nationally with Russell Peters, Katt Williams, David Alan Grier, and her uncles Marlon, Shawn, and Damon Wayans and has fulfilled a dream to perform at New York’s famous Madison Square Garden numerous times.
Chaunté is a featured cast member on MTV’s hit show Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out and was also featured on TLC’s Trading Spaces. Most recently, Chaunté has appeared on Bounce TV’s Off the Chain and NickToon’s animated series ThugaBoo. She can be also seen on Katt Williams’ special Kattpacalypse, films Hollywood Misconceptions and Dance Flick.
When she is not touring or filming, Chaunté likes to spend time volunteering by feeding the homeless, performing stand up at women’s shelters, and giving speeches on bullying at high schools. You can find her at www.cwayans.com or follow her on twitter – @cwayans.
Judy has had stand-up specials on HBO, Comedy Central and LOGO. She has written and starred in two critically acclaimed, Off-Broadway hit shows: The Judy Show – My Life as a Sitcom (Outer Critics Circle Nomination), and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother (GLAAD Media Award – Outstanding NY Theater, Drama Desk Nomination – Actor).
Judy received rave reviews as Gremio in The Public Theater’s all female production of The Taming of The Shrew for Shakespeare in the Park. She also co-starred in Off-Broadway’s Clinton! The Musical, and Disasater! The Musical.
Judy recently appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She can be seen on the Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here, and she has had recurring roles on TBS’ Search Party and Pop TV’s NightCap! Judy was featured in Woody Allen’s series Crisis In Six Scenes on Amazon, and also appears on the hit web-series The Other F Word on Amazon Prime. Other most recent TV appearances include guest-starring roles on Friends From College, Broad City, Louie, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Inside Amy Schumer, Difficult People, 30 Rock, and 2 Broke Girls. Judy also won two Emmy awards for writing and producing, The Rosie O’Donnell Show.
Judy has made numerous appearances on The Steve Harvey Show, The View, The Today Show, and The Wendy Williams Show. She has written for The New York Times, Huffington Post, CNN.com. She is the host of the hit podcast, Kill Me Now, on iTunes. You can find her at JudyGold.com or follow her on twitter – @jewdygold.
AB Cassidy is a stand up comedian, actor, and professional lesbian originally hailing from the South Shore of Massachusetts. Now based in LA, AB performs all over the country and has opened for major headliners like Carlos Mencia and Tig Notaro.
She recently won both the juror and audience award at the San Gabriel Valley Pride Comedy Festival. AB can be seen on the small screen on the latest season of NBC’s, “This Is Us”. She also recently gave her first TEDx talk on failure and comedy at the Art Center College of Design. Additionally, she co-hosts an LGBT podcast with Daniel Franzese called, Butch and the Bear. You can follow her @FunnyLezbo to stay posted on upcoming shows and projects.
Pat Brown is a New York City based comedian who has recently appeared on CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Fuse’s Uproarious, AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live, NBC’s Comic’s Unleashed, Comedy Central’s Jamie Fox Laffapalooza, and BET ‘s ComicView. She is also a regular on Sirius XM’s The Foxhole. Pat recently released her critically acclaimed album THE PAT BROWN SEX-TAPE on iTunes. Her animated conversational style is a smart silliness that blends societal commentary with first-person storytelling. More on Pat: comedianpatbrown.com
Kate Clinton is a faith-based, tax-paying, America-loving political humorist and family entertainer. With a career spanning thirty-six years, Kate is at the top of her game, ready to stand up to the mic and bon mot her way through presidential campaigns, LGBTQ movements in transition, sports, religion in extremis, media in rigor mortis. For info on this multi-talented and multi-platformed author, actress, stand-up humorist, activist, fundraising auctioneer and social mediatrix see kateclinton.com.
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