Capital Pride 2012: Heroes Gala & Silent Auction

by June 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm 1,471 0

"heroes Gala Collage"

The 2012 Heroes Gala & Silent Action. Click above for more pictures. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos on Picplz and at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

The 37th Annual Capital Pride Heroes Gala & Silent Auction took place at the Living Social Building in downtown Washington DC. The event, which helps kick-off the yearly Capital Pride Festival, recognizes community-nominated individuals who have helped to further the causes of the LGBT community.

Recipients of this year’s Heroes Award:

  1. Andrew Barnett, executive director of metro D.C.’s Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL).
  2. Eboné Bell, whose  BOI Marketing & Promotions gives DC an annual Capital Queer Prom.
  3. Michelle Benecke, cofounder of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.
  4. Kevin Paul Platte, founder of the DC Cowboys.
  5. Justin B. Terry-Smith, volunteer Maryland Defense Force and HIV activist.

There were also awards given to Mark Meinke and Cyndee Clay for their exceptional work in the community. is proud to be among the sponsors of Capital Pride 2012. You can find an entire list of this year’s events, as well as details on each event, on Capital Pride’s website calendar.

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