Check this out from our friends at RHP:
The Rainbow History Project will honor 14 Community Pioneers at a reception on Thursday, October 4 at 6:30 pm at the Thurgood Marshall Center, 1816 12th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009. These tenacious and creative individuals are being recognized for their instrumental roles creating and sustaining important institutions in the DC LGBT community. The event provides an opportunity for the community to say thank you.
A Facebook page for the event allows you to join the event and to invite others.
Here's the list of this year's honorees:
- Robert Alfandre, philanthropist
- Colevia Carter, African American Lesbian rights activist
- Keith Clark, founder, One in Ten
- Paulette Goodman, founder, Metro DC PFLAG
- Jose Gutierrez, founder, Latino LGBT History Project
- Susan Hester, Mautner Project
- Len Hirsch, founder, Federal GLOBE
- James Mercer, organizer, BWMT Discrimination Response System
- Robert Miailovich, Dignity-Washington
- Bob Summersgill, marriage equality activist
- Larry Uhrig, pastor, DC MCC, 1977-1993
- Stefan Wade, SMYAL
- Cade Ware, DC Human Rights Commissioner
- Jessica Xavier, Transgender rights activist
Congrats to all the honorees, who include former GLAA Presidents Bob Summersgill and the late Cade Ware. Bob, who is now an ANC commissioner, was the lead legislative strategist behind our historic enactment of marriage equality. Cade, who was a leader of what was then called GAA in the 1970s and died in 1986, is mentioned in the first item of our Timeline on D.C. Marriage Equality. Honoree Jessica Xavier received GLAA's Distinguished Service Award in 2000. Honoree Len Hirsch received a DSA in 2001 in his capacity as longtime leader of Federal GLOBE. Honoree Susan Hester received a DSA in 1991 in her capacity as leader of the Mautner Project. D.C. has always been rich in dedicated community leaders.
We hope you'll join us at RHP's Community Pioneers Reception on October 4.