2nd annual Pink & Purple Weekend honors LGBT leaders

This past weekend, the Task Force held multiple events for Pink & Purple Weekend in Washington, DC to celebrate the great diversity of the LGBT community, and honor the leaders who push LGBT equality forward.

LGBT movement leaders were honored at our Pink & Purple Recognition Awards Brunch. Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey set the tone for the event when she delivered her 2012 Toast to the Movement remarks, focusing on the need to celebrate the diversity in our movement.

Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey delivers her 2012 Toast to the Movement.

The first award was presented to Dee Rees for her work on the film Pariah by Task Force Deputy Executive Director Darlene Nipper and National Black Justice Coalition Executive Direcor Sharon Lettman-Hicks. An award winner from last year, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis presented the second award to Ingrid Duran & Catherine Pino for the leadership in the Latino/a and LGBT communities.

The Task Force’s Russell Roybal and U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis present a leadership award to Ingrid Duran & Catherine Pino.

DJ Whitney Day at Pink & Purple Sunset.

In addition to the awards brunch, the Task Force celebrated the LGBT community with two parties on Friday night. The night was kicked off with a women’s event, ‘Pink & Purple Sunset’ was held atop the Liaison Hotel around their rooftop pool. DJ Whitney Day, who spins all over the world, debuted in DC to rave reviews. Immediately following the women’s event, Pink & Purple Party was held at Cobalt, a local gay club in DC. The place was packed and DJ Paulo, one of the premier DJs in the country, was on hand to spin.

You can see more photos from Pink & Purple Weekend on our Facebook page here.