Click on the collage for the slide show from the Heroes Gala. (Luis Gomez Photos)
From Luis Gomez and Matt Rhoades
See photos from the June 7 Heroes Gala at the House of Sweden.
The Capital Pride 2011 Heroes Gala & Silent Auction on Tuesday night honored 13 members of the LGBT community for their work as trailblazers and pioneers. The event at the House of Sweden on the Georgetown waterfront raised funds for Capital Pride.
2011 Engendered Spirit Award winners, from left: Gibby Thomas, Joe Izzo, Ruby Corado, Dr. Christine Wiley, Dr. Dennis Wiley and Terra Moore. Not present: Mara Keisling. (Luis Gomez Photos)
The stunning contemporary building (home to Swedish and Icelandic Embassies) made for a beautiful backdrop as Capital Pride recognized this year’s group of heroes for their work promoting LGBT rights and causes.
This year’s winners includes a doctor, pastors, a therapist, an environmental activist, transgender activists, a writer and reporter, youth advocates, and HIV/AIDs prevention and healthcare workers. Awards were made in two categories, Capital Pride Heroes and Engendered Spirit Awards.
The list of winners and their stories illustrate what it takes to be an award winner: years of hard work in the trenches and an unyielding commitment to LGBT rights. (The list of winners with information about their work is below.)
Among the special guests at the June 7 gala was Birgitta Ohlsson, Minister of European Union Affairs for the Country of Sweden. Ohlsson spoke to the guests about the state of LGBT rights around the world.
2011 Capital Pride Heroes, from left: The Rev. Jill McCrory, Rebecca Roose, June Crenshaw, Caeb Colravy (accepting for winner Tyrone Hanley), Bill Browning and Dr. Theo Hodge. (Luis Gomez Photos)
Another guest was Mary Amons, perhaps best known as one of the stars ofÂ The Real Housewives of D.C. However, she is involved with a number of charitable and philanthropic activities in the metro area. Among Amonsâ€™ endeavors isÂ Labels for Love, â€śwhose mission is to raise critical funds and awareness in support of womenâ€™s and childrenâ€™s charitable organizations by producing unique fashion, art and design inspired events.â€ť
2011 Capital Pride Heroes
- Bill Browning: The longtime LGBT activist and writer who founded the Bilerico Project, runs the largest group blog reporting on news, politics and culture from an LGBT perspective.
- June Crenshaw: One of the leading African-American lesbian activists in the District, she has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Whitman-Walker Health and continues to serve on the Board.
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