Greater Palm Springs Pride 2016 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 were presented to an advocate for women’s studies in higher education and champion of gender equality Dr. Diane Ross, community leader and LGBT rights advocate Randy Lowe, and actor, designer and female impersonator William Perez also known as Bijou. Acknowledged for supporting lesbians in crisis, the 2016 Advocate of the Year is The L-Fund and founders Barbara Carpenter, Ruth Debra, Sharon Siegel, and Kate Ullman.
Recognizing that positive accomplishments of young LGBT leaders are vital to the success of the LGBT community as a whole, the Emerging Leaders Award was presented to transgender activist Paulina Angel. Kate Kendell, who has served as leader of the National Center for Lesbian Rights for twenty years and is committed to principles that promote human rights and social justice was the inaugural recipient of The George Zander Social Justice Award.
The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus was honored as the Organization of the Year, and on the 30th Anniversary of Pride in the Coachella Valley, the former presidents of Palm Springs Pride were recognized with the Spirit of Pride Award for advancing equality, promoting diversity and celebrating the strength and talent of the LGBT community. Those recognized posthumously include Bob Hoven, president 1986-1987, Dr. Barry Woods, chairman 1988, and Dr. Herb Lazenby, chairman 1989. Recipients include Greg Pettis, chairman 1990-91, Richard Black, president 1993-1996, C.J. Pino, president 1997-1998, James J. Suguitan, president 1999, and Jack Schloeder, president 2000-2010.
The 2016 Friend of Pride Award was presented to business and community leaders who have stalwartly supported the LGBT community Barbara and Jerry Keller, and community leader and volunteer Jeff Hocker was recognized with the Spirit of Stonewall Community Service Award.
The awards were presented at a ceremony on October 7, 2016, at the Hyatt Palm Springs.Click Here For Tickets
Proceeds from the reception will support the Pride organization’s efforts to foster Pride in and respect for the region’s LGBT communities.
Grand Marshals for the 2016 Pride Parade will be recognized at the OUT PSP: A Kick Off to Pride Weekend on November 4. Click Here for tickets.
Pride Honors Sponsors
Barbara & Jerry Keller
Rob Wright and John McDonald