2013 Champions of Pride

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The Charlotte Pride Executive Committee was pleased to honor our inaugural Charlotte Pride 2013 Champions of Pride Awards recipients on Aug. 25, 2013, at the Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade and on the Wells Fargo stage at the Charlotte Pride PNC Bank Festival Zone.

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.

Harvey Milk Award: Janice Covington

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The Harvey Milk Award recognizes an individual for their exceptional leadership, service to the community and for championing LGBTQ causes that impact the Charlotte community and beyond. The award recognizes Janice Covington for her outstanding work on transgender equality, inclusion and recognition in Charlotte and in North Carolina. In particular, Janice’s work raising awareness on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, her involvement in the local and statewide Democratic Party and her achievement as the first openly transgender person elected as a Democratic National Convention delegate from the State of North Carolina were among the accomplishments considered by the Executive Committee.

Outstanding Ally Award: Beverly & Bill McIntyre

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The Outstanding Ally Award recognizes an individual or couple 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 in Charlotte. The award recognizes Beverly and Bill McIntyre for their outstanding work on LGBTQ equality and work advancing awareness, inclusion and equality for LGBTQ people and their families. In particular, the Executive Committee was impressed with the McIntyres significant and outstanding support as parents of a gay son, as well as Beverly’s work with the NAMES Project, One Voice Chorus, the Gay & Lesbian Switchboard, PFLAG and her service as the first female and straight-identified president of the Charlotte Business Guild and her service as president of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association.

Young Catalyst Award: Juan Carlos Ramos

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The Young Catalyst Award recognizes 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. Juan Carlos Ramos is recognized for his outstanding work on LGBTQ equality and his work advancing awareness, inclusion and equality for undocumented youth and families. In particular, the Executive Committee was impressed with Juan’s significant, outstanding and courageous leadership and organizing skills as a young Latino, openly gay activist, his involvement on the National Coordinating Committee for United We Dream and his leadership with United 4 The Dream. Juan has stood up proudly and bravely in the middle of a heated and continued national debate on immigration and social justice causes and spoken out publicly as an undocumented youth, despite the risk to both himself and his family.