One of the most special aspects of LA Pride is our annual Honorees Program.
This is the recognition of the people, organizations, businesses and groups that have made extraordinary contributions to the LGBT community—here in L.A., at the national level or even around the world.
In addition to being in the LA Pride parade on Sunday, June 9, 2013, our honorees are celebrated at a number of exclusive pre-Pride events and participate in all media opportunities.
In the spirit of community, we would love your help in identifying those that are most deserving of these very special awards.
For the recipients, it is a once in a lifetime triumph they’ll treasure forever.
Below, you’ll find a brief description of each award and the nomination form is here.
These must be submitted by Friday, February 8, 2013 at 5 P.M. Honorees are required to attend all pre-Pride events.
MORRIS KIGHT LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Named for trail-blazing Christopher Street West co-founder Morris Kight (1919-2003), this recognizes an individual whose body of work—over the course of a lifetime—has left an indelible impression on the LGBT community.
PERSON OF THE YEAR
The individual who, for the past year, has had the most impact working consistently for the betterment of the entire LGBT community.
OUTSTANDING YOUTH LEADER AWARD
Recognizes someone between the ages of 14-24 who has volunteered their time and worked for the betterment of LGBT kids and has been instrumental in ensuring that events, activities and programs for them are diverse, creative, educational and productive.
BERMAN / SCHAFFER SERVICE AWARD
Named for Steve Berman and Ralph Schaffer, instrumental to both the Los Angeles Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Community Services Center in the 1970's, this recognizes an individual, business, organization or group within the LGBT community that has made a positive impression and whose vision includes building strategic partnerships and inspiring self esteem.
CONNIE NORMAN SPIRIT AWARD
Named for beloved transgender activist, Connie Norman, who fought tirelessly on behalf of people with HIV/AIDS, this honors an individual, organization, business or group for outstanding achievement in fostering racial, ethnic, religious and gender unity within the LGBT community.
GEORGE MOSCONE ALLY AWARD
Named for LGBT ally, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, who served with Harvey Milk and was assassinated with him in 1978, this recognizes an LGBT ally—a non-LGBT person—who furthers equality and human rights and plays a leadership role in LGBT issues.
HARVEY MILK LEGACY AWARD
Dedicated to the memory of Harvey Milk, the first openly-gay man elected to public office in the United States as a City Supervisor in San Francisco, this recognizes someone that continuously gives of themselves for the betterment of the LGBT community.
PAT PARKER CULTURAL ARTS AWARD
Honoring the legacy of Pat Parker, a ground-breaking African American poet and activist, this recognizes an individual, organization, business or group that supports the LGBT community through the arts.
ANDELSON / THAIS-WILLIAMS BUSINESS AWARD
Named in honor of Sheldon Andelson, founder of the Bank of Los Angeles and co-founder of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, and Jewel Thais-Williams, who opened Jewel’s Catch One in 1972, this recognizes a person or a business that strongly supports the LGBT community.
OSBORN / MICHAELS MEDIA AWARD
Named for Los Angeles media luminaries – Torie Osborn, who through numerous media appearances is a nationally recognized leader at the forefront of equality issues, and Dick Michaels, who co-created The Advocate in 1967—then a newspaper—and among the first LGBT news publications. This award honors an individual, organization, business or group that provides positive and compelling information to help the advancement of the LGBT community.