|Stonewall: Evening for Equality honors LGBT leaders, allies|
|Written by Jim Farmer|
|Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00|
A crowd of more than 300 is expected for the eighth annual Evening for Equality, the biggest event of the year for Georgia Equality, the state’s largest LGBT rights advocacy organization.
As part of the evening, Georgia Equality presents its Equality Awards to leaders in the local LGBT community. The awards recognize and celebrate the contributions of leaders in the movement to advance fairness, safety and opportunity for Georgia’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied communities.
This year a special award, the Champion for Equality Award, will be given to U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who is a recognized leader in the civil rights movement and a long time LGBT ally.
Darlene Hudson and Craig Washington, co-founders of the Bayard Rustin-Audre Lorde Breakfast taking place on Martin Luther King holiday, will receive the Community Builder award.
Larry Lehman, who serves as the executive director/CEO of AID Gwinnett, will receive the Guiding Star Award.
Jerry Gonzalez, the founding and current executive director of Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, will receive the 2012 Allen Thornell Political Advancement Award.
There will also be a silent auction.
Washington is excited about the award and the evening.
“It’s definitely an honor to be acknowledged for the work we do as part of the LGBTQ community,” he said.
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