Greater Palm Springs Pride 2015 Pride Honors Awards
Greater Palm Springs Pride presents the prestigious Pride Honors Awards annually to individuals in order to recognize their efforts in raising awareness and furthering the causes of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and their allies.
Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to the renowned photographer Michael Childers and human rights activists Melinda Tremaglio. Recognized for supporting the community for thirty-two years, the 2015 Organization of the Year is Great Autos of Yesteryear. Community leader and volunteer Lisa Middleton will be recognized with the Spirit of Stonewall Community Service Award.
Brian Wanzek (better known as entertainment personality, Bella da Ball) will be honored as the Volunteer of the Year, and Janet Malachowsky will be recognized with the Spirit of Pride Award for advancing equality, promoting diversity and celebrating the strength and talent of the LGBT community. The 2015 Friend of Pride Award will be presented to the director of the Tolerance Education Center, Melisse Banwer, and Director Emeritus of the UCLA LGBT Center and celebrated author Dr. Ronni Sanlo will be the 2015 Spirit of Stonewall Special Guest.
The awards were presented at a ceremony on October 9, 2015, at the Hyatt Palm Springs. Proceeds from the reception were earmarked to support the Pride organization’s efforts to foster Pride in and respect for the region’s LGBT communities.
Grand Marshals for the 2015 Pride Parade were recognized at the OUT PSP: A Kick Off to Pride Weekend on November 6. Marshals included Evan Wolfson, as the National Grand Marshal, Grand Marshals Randy Johnson and Paul Campion and Community Grand Marshals Mark Hunter, Jennifer Seymour and Patrick Volkert. Wolfson is widely credited as the mastermind behind the legal strategy that won marriage equality for all and Johnson and Campion are two plaintiffs in the historic Supreme Court case who were married in Palm Springs in 2008. The Seymour’s and Volkert are recognized for their positive impact in the region through many years of supporting community organizations and fundraising efforts large and small.