The January Marie Lapuz Youth Leadership Award is an annual award bestowed upon a deserving youth who is 16 to 30 years of age and who has demonstrated involvement, commitment and leadership in the 2SLGBTQ+ community whether locally, nationally and/or internationally. 2SLGBTQ+ stands for two spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer.
Your application should include the following:
Winners will need to provide a follow-up report within a year describing how the funds were spent. Prize money is to continue your volunteer work and community service within the 2SLGBTQ+ community.
Who Was January?
January Marie Lapuz was born on April 9, 1986, in Santiago City, Philippines and passed away on September 30, 2012, in New Westminster, B.C.
January was the Social Coordinator of Sher Vancouver, and was the first transgender person to hold an executive position within the organization.
She welcomed new members, connected them to information and support services, and helped organize and plan social activities and events. A singer and dancer, she also performed at Sher events. She was a kind, caring, generous and loyal friend, who helped other transgender women with their gender transition.
January had many challenges and struggles as an immigrant, as a person of colour and as a transgender woman living in poverty. Nonetheless, she was a bright light and shining star in Sher Vancouver.
She had a special ability to get people to put their differences aside and move forward in the best interests of each other and the organization.
Not a day goes by that January’s friends don’t miss her.