Charlotte Pride announces the 2013 Champions of Pride Awards to honor LGBTQ & ally community members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                       June 6, 2013

Contact:
Matt Comer, Media & Marketing Chair, media@charlottepride.org, 336-391-9528

Charlotte Pride announces the 2013 Champions of Pride Awards to honor LGBTQ & ally community members

Nominate and apply online starting now until July 15, 2013

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte Pride announces the first-ever Champions of Pride Awards to honor outstanding dedication, service and commitment to the Charlotte-area lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Any individual may be nominated for the awards starting now until July 15, 2013 at charlottepride.org/champions/.

The Champions of Pride Awards seek to recognize those whose work and dedication exemplify the spirit of Pride. Our Champions endeavor to empower and unite LGBTQ and allied people through their leadership, service and support. Champions understand the importance of celebrating our past, present and future while advancing LGBTQ rights and visibility. The Charlotte Pride Executive Committee encourages a wide range of nominations in order to honor a diversity of our community achievements.

Any individual or couple may be nominated for a Charlotte Pride 2013 Champion of Pride Award in the following four categories:

Harvey Milk Award – Given annually to an individual or a couple to honor exceptional leadership, service to the community and those who champion LGBTQ causes that impact the Charlotte community and beyond.

Outstanding Ally Award – Given annually to an individual or a couple to honor those who do not identify as LGBTQ, but who have stalwartly supported the LGBTQ community with a demonstrated, ongoing passion and commitment to better LGBTQ lives.

Young Catalyst Award – Given annually to an individual or a couple to recognize a young adult leader under the age of 30 who is an “up-and-coming” leader within the community and/or whose contributions to the community have carried significant impact over the last year.

Legacy Award – Given to an individual or couple to honor a lifelong commitment of outstanding leadership and service to the Charlotte LGBTQ community for an extended period of years; this special award may be presented from time-to-time by the committee.

Each award will be presented at the 2013 Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, August 24-25, 2013, in Uptown Charlotte. Nomination details and nomination forms can be found online at charlottepride.org/champions/. The deadline for nominations is July 15, 2013. Award recipients will be chosen and notified by July 18, 2013 by the Charlotte Pride Executive Committee and will be asked to participate in this year’s festival and this year’s Charlotte Pride Parade, the first held in the Queen City since 1994.

For more information or questions, email Champions of Pride Awards Coordinator Shane Windmeyer or Charlotte Pride Media & Marketing Chair Matt Comer at media@charlottepride.org. Those interested in sponsoring or attending the Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade as a vendor or parade participant can learn more online at charlottepride.org or email Richard Grimstad at richard@charlottepride.org.

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