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|State Rep. Karla Drenner to be honored by Georgia Equality|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|April 15, 2011 19:12|
Georgia Equality will honor State Rep. Karla Drenner among others at its 7th Annual Evening for Equality on June 23.
Drenner, a Democrat from Avondale Estates, will be awarded the Champions for Equality Award for her leadership in the General Assembly as the first openly gay person elected to the legislature. Drenner is serving her sixth term and this year introduced the State Fair Employment Practices Act that would ban job bias against state employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Georgia Equality will also honor Bill Nigut, the Southeast Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, with the Phillip Rush Community Builder Award.
"Throughout his career in nonprofit advocacy and journalism, Bill has been a vocal and dedicated ally to the LGBT community," a press release from Georgia Equality states.
The Guiding Star Award will go to Johnny Fambro, executive director of the Central City AIDS Network and Rainbow House in Macon; and Olivia Long, executive director of AIDS Athens, will be awarded the Allen Thornell Political Advancement Award.
The Evening for Equality Awards are set for June 23 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center.
The event is being held as part of the Atlanta Pride Stonewall Celebration beginning June 18 with the East Point Possums Show.
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