Champions of Pride Awards

The Charlotte Pride Board of Directors is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for our fourth annual Charlotte Pride Champions of Pride Awards, to be presented at the 2017 Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade.

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 Board of Directors encourages a wide range of nominations in order to honor a diversity of our community achievements.

The deadline for nominations is July 1, 2017. Read more about the individual award categories and find the nomination form link below.

Any individual or couple may be nominated for a Charlotte Pride 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 board of directors.

Tips for writing a strong nomination: A concise, yet compelling nomination is the key to a strong awards nomination. Tell us about what your nominee has accomplished, what makes them special or unique and why they deserve to be honored. In addition to your short nomination text, you may upload supporting documentation; examples could be news-media clips/articles, resume, a longer biography or letters of recommendation from other supporting your nomination.

Nominations can now be submitted through July 1, 2017.
Click here to be taken to the nomination form.

Each award will be presented at the 2017 Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, August 26-27, 2017, in Uptown Charlotte. Award recipients will be chosen by the Charlotte Pride Board of Directors and will be asked to participate in this year’s festival and this year’s Charlotte Pride Parade.

Past Champions of Pride:
Inaugural Champions of Pride, 2013
Second Annual Champions of Pride, 2014
Third Annual Champions of Pride, 2015
Fourth Annual Champions of Pride, 2016