Nominations now open for the Champions of Pride Awards to honor LGBTQ & ally community members
Awards recognize outstanding LGBTQ leadership, community allies, young catalysts
Charlotte Pride, a local non-profit organization which produces educational and social programming to celebrate and empower the Queen City’s LGBTQ community, has opened nominations for its annual Champions of Pride Awards. Any individual may be nominated for the awards starting now through May 31, 2015, 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. A wide range of nominations are encouraged in order to honor the full diversity of the community. 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 couple to honor exceptional leadership or service to the community by those who champion LGBTQ causes in the greater Charlotte community.
Outstanding Ally Award – Given annually to an individual or couple to honor those who do not identify as LGBTQ, but who have stalwartly supported 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 2015 Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, August 15-16, 2015, in Uptown Charlotte. Nomination details and nomination forms can be found online at charlottepride.org/champions/. The deadline for nominations is May 31, 2015. Award recipients will be chosen and notified by June 22, 2015, by the Charlotte Pride Executive Committee and will be asked to participate in this year’s festival and parade.
Inaugural awards in 2013 were presented to transgender activist Janice Covington, straight allies and PFLAG parents Beverly and Bill McIntyre and Latino LGBTQ and undocumented activist Juan Carlos Ramos,. In 2014, awards were presented to Time Out Youth founder Tonda Taylor, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church’s the Rev. Dr. Nancy Kraft and transgender student Andraya Williams. Click here to learn more about 2013 recipients and here for 2014 recipients.
ABOUT CHARLOTTE PRIDE: Charlotte Pride works to celebrate and empower our local LGBTQ community and produces educational and social programming highlighting the social, cultural, ethnic, artistic and civic diversity of the Charlotte-metro region’s LGBTQ community, including the annual Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade which hosted more than 100,000 visitors in 2014. It is one of the Southeast’s largest LGBTQ Pride organizations.