White House honor for Hawaii civil rights leader
A Hawaii State Civil Rights commissioner is being honored by the White House.
The White House says Kim Coco Iwamoto is one of 10 openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elected or appointed officials being recognized for commitment to equality and public service.
The "Harvey Milk Champions of Change" will be honored Wednesday at the White House. The event falls on the slain gay rights leader's birthday.
Iwamoto is a certified therapeutic foster parent. She was elected to the Hawaii Board of Education in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010. She was appointed to the state Civil Rights Commission in 2012.
She drafted the Hawaii safe schools law, which gave the legislature and the governor an opportunity to join the effort to reduce bullying and harassment in public schools.