Palm Springs Human Rights Commission honors valley advocates, champions


Mattie Leyden, a Palm Springs Human Rights Commission honoree

Nine residents and four organizations were recognized Monday (Jan. 14) for making a difference in the Coachella Valley. The recognition came from the Palm Springs Human Rights Commission’s annual presentation of Promoting Human Rights Close to Home awards.

Woody Wood (left) and Doug Hairgrove, honorees

Among the honorees were transgender rights advocate Mattie Leyden, Andy Linsky of the Human Rights Campaign, LGBT ally the Rev. Andrew Green, and Doug Hairgrove and Woody Wood, who through their work with Safe Schools and gay-straight student alliances provide an outlet for LGBT youth to be and express themselves.

The other honorees are:

- Equality California
- Robert David Ballance
- Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre
- Tracy Piper
- Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
- Shelter from the Storm
- William G. Kleindienst

The ceremony was hosted at Palm Springs City Hall by Paul Lewin, who serves on the City Council.