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Capital Pride is pleased to present The 2010 Capital Pride Heroes and Capital Trans Pride Engendered Spirit Award honorees. The 2010 Heroes and Engendered Spirit Awards Reception kicked off the 35th Anniversary Celebration of Capital Pride on Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at the Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C.
This year’s honorees include five Capital Pride Heroes whose work has positively impacted the local LGBT community, and five Capital Trans Pride Engendered Spirit Award honorees whose work greatly contributes to the transgender community. Capital Pride’s 2010 Super Hero is Deacon Maccubbin, honored for his lifetime work as an outspoken LGBT activist and owner of the iconic Lambda Rising stores.
The Capital Pride Heroes and Engendered Spirit Honorees will ride in the Capital Pride parade on June 12 and will participate in the Capital Pride Festival on June 13.
Gay activist L. Page ”Deacon” Maccubbin, with his husband of 32 years Jim Bennett at his side, has played a key role in raising the visibility and public presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Washington, while at the same time ensuring that our youth and emerging activists have inclusive organizations to turn to.
To learn more about Deacon, please read Sean Bugg’s profile of Deacon, Pages from History.
Marta Alvarado brings visibility to the Latino LGBT community, not only as Program Coordinator of the Creating Change conference but also working on high profile events such as the Grammys, VMAs and others. She began her work with LLEGÓ, hosting dialogues on domestic violence within the Latina Lesbian community.
Rev. Elder Darlene Garner serves on the Board of Elders for the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) and leads the MCC Conference for African-American Leaders. She has worked as the executive director of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on Sexual Minorities, has served as the chaplain for an AIDS hospice, and as President of the Board of Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry. Rev. Garner is also credited with helping to found the National Coalition of Black Lesbians and Gays. On Tuesday, March 9, 2010, she wed her partner Rev. Lorilyn ”Candy” Holmes as one of the first couples to legally marry in Washington, D.C.
D.C. Clergy United for Marriage Equality represents a diverse group of more than 200 affirming and welcoming clergy and religious leaders in the District of Columbia who support marriage equality for LGBT people. Their work in the media and among their congregations to spread the understanding that there are many churches and synagogues in D.C. that celebrate and affirm LGBT couples who wish to marry significantly impacted the marriage debate in the District. They have worked together over many years for peace and justice and declared that their faith called them to affirm marriage equality for loving same-sex couples.
D.C. for Marriage is a group of local residents committed to winning and keeping marriage in the District. The group ran an aggressive grassroots public education campaign to build support for marriage that included media advocacy, online organizing, and canvassing. D.C. for Marriage volunteers engaged in thousands of conversations with District residents about why marriage matters to gay people and their families.
Ric Legg (Destiny B. Childs) has racked up a lot of titles in his years as a female impersonator: Miss Gaye Dreamgirls, Miss International Gay Rodeo Association, Miss Atlantic States Gay Rodeo Association, Miss Zodiac and most recently, Miss Gaye America DC. As Destiny, he is proud to host the annual fundraiser Courtney Lovelace Pediatric AIDS Fundraiser with Freddie’s Follies. As much time as he devotes to title competitions, what ultimately distinguishes Ric is his tireless commitment to the community.
Anthony Hall has been Transgender Health Empowerment’s Executive Director for the last six years. Mr. Hall has over 15 years of experience working with adjudicated youth and child and family services.
Pastors Ruth and Brian Hamilton have been the Co-Pastors of Westminster Presbyterian Church since February 1996 and Westminster held the first Trans Pride in 2007. They continuously uphold and fight for the rights of the Transgender community.
Sadie-Ryanne Baker is a leading member of the DC Trans Coalition. She is a passionate activist for transgender rights and consistently puts herself out in the public view to help win victories for the transgender civil rights movement.
Thomas Coughlin is the Patient Advocate for Transgender-related health care Whitman-Walker Clinic and as such, assists transgender patients in navigating services. Thomas also has years of volunteer experience within the transgender community leading DCATS (DC Area Transmasculine Society) and coordinating True Spirit and the IFGE conference.
Leandrea Gilliam has served as a staff member of the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) for the past four years, currently holding the position of Care Advocacy Manager. In her time at SMYAL, Leandrea has supported countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people on their path to becoming happy, healthy adults.
Special thanks to the Rainbow History Project for providing additional historical information.