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Leadership Awards To Honor GLBT Activists and Allies

Date: 
April 10, 2003

Washington D.C. Event First of Two NGLTF Awards Ceremonies in 2003

What: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) Leadership Awards. The Leadership Awards are just one of many 2003 events celebrating the 30th anniversary of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Upcoming 30th anniversary events include the GLBT Power Summit, the Creating Change conference, and the Provincetown Deck Party Weekend.

When: Monday, May 12, 2003 from 6-9 p.m.

Where: The National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue, Washington, DC 20005

Why: Each year NGLTF honors leaders who have made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender people at the annual Leadership Awards. Past recipients of Leadership Awards have included Coretta Scott King, Senators Ted Kennedy and Carol Mosely-Braun, film producer Bruce Cohen, editorial director of The Advocate Judy Wieder, comedian Margaret Cho, actors Mathew St. Patrick and Alec Mapa, DC Black Pride and parents Roger Croteau and Steve Lofton, who are suing the state of Florida to overturn the Florida ban on gay adoption. In this, the 14th Annual Leadership Awards season, events will be held in Washington D.C. in May and Los Angeles, CA in September. The annual event includes an awards ceremony, silent auction and VIP reception.

Who: Washington D.C. Honorees:

Ambassador Michael Guest and Mr. Alexander Nevarez

Michael Guest was sworn in by Secretary of State Colin Powell as the U.S. Ambassador to Romania on September 18, 2001, the second openly gay ambassador in history. His partner, school teacher Alexander Nevarez, was at his side - a fact explicitly recognized by the Secretary. Ambassador Guest and Mr. Nevarez reside in the embassy residential quarters in Bucharest and have set an extraordinary example of accomplishment and honesty as an openly gay ambassadorial couple, thereby advancing the cause of equality for all same-sex couples.

Earline Budd

Earline Budd, a native Washingtonian, is an extraordinary advocate for transgender equality. She strives to advance the rights of transgender people in the areas of housing, health care, employment and correctional institutions, and wherever discriminatory practices exist. Most recently, she developed and implemented the Washington Transgender Needs Assessment Survey, established the Transgender Health Empowerment Group and, through her work at Us Helping Us, has ensured that local transgender people have access to HIV prevention services.

Stanley Weithorn

Stanley Weithorn has been an ally in the fight for "gay rights" from the earliest days of our movement. In 1973, as a heterosexual lawyer, he was asked to assist the then-National Gay Task Force in overturning the IRS practice of denying tax exempt status to "homosexual" groups. After more than three years and $110,000 in uncompensated time (in 1970's dollars!), the IRS folded its opposition and "NGTF" was one of the organizations whose application he personally shepherded. Stanley is senior counsel at the law firms of Fennemore Craig in Phoenix and Roberts & Holland in New York City.

"By accepting our Leadership Award, this incredible group of leaders truly honors us," said National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Lorri L. Jean. "Through their extraordinary work on behalf of the GLBT community, Michael, Alexander, Earline and Stanley embody the NGLTF vision of full and complete equality for all."

Other Information:

    Special Guest Performance by the Mood Swingers
    No host bar and passed hors d'oeuvres
    Silent Auction
    Metro accessible, via Metro Center (red, orange, and blue lines).
    Reasonably priced parking is available at 1325 G Street, NW.

For Inquiries or Tickets:

Advance ticket purchase strongly suggested.
Space is limited.
Call 202-639-6310 or log on to www.ngltf.org/events.

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.