The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation will host its second annual gala Oct. 6 to recognize local LGBT leaders who’ve done work to advance social change.
Some 28 honorees, including GA Voice Editor Laura Douglas-Brown, will receive awards.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by GLAAD and this award is shared with all of the staff who work so hard on GA Voice every day,” Douglas-Brown says.
Other honorees include Q100 morning DJ Bert Weiss, actress Fran Drescher, local fundraising drag troupe Armorettes and nightlife stalwart Blake’s on the Park (see sidebar for full list of honorees).
As the state’s largest LGBT political group held a gala dinner last night to celebrate victories and honor leaders, the group’s executive director had the future on his mind.
“It’s been a very good year for Georgia Equality, it’s been a very good year for LGBT people here in Georgia, but it has not been a great year,” said Jeff Graham, Georgia Equality executive director, as the group’s supporters gathered June 23 for the seventh annual Evening for Equality.
“We still face challenges. We still face challenges in schools, where kids get bullied and picked on to the point they commit suicide. We still can get fired from any job, anywhere, anytime, for simply expressing who we are, what our gender identity is, who we love,” Graham said.
The Decatur Women’s Sports League first began in March 2007. With softball as the initial sport, 200 happy lesbians (and allies) finally found a league of their own. From that point on, the sports interest grew and additions were made that included bowling, basketball, tennis, volleyball and badminton.
“With much diversity and a cooperative spirit these women all played recreation ball, made friends, got exercise and donated money to the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative to help underinsured women to go to the doctor and receive mammograms and health care,” says Anne “Sarge” Barr, founder and commissioner of the league.
The Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative honored Barr with its 2008 “Healing Angel” award for her work with the sports league and the money it has raised. As of Fall 2010, the Decatur Women’s Sports League has donated $50,000 to the health initiative.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced its Media Awards in Advertising nominees yesterday. This is the second year that GLAAD will celebrate inclusive advertisers.
The award categories include TV LGBT market, print and outdoor, print campaign in LGBT markets, interactive and social media campaigns. Nominees include Absolut Vodka, Levi Strauss, Progressive Insurance and Wells Fargo.