Metro Weekly To Receive Prism Award

Honor recognizes contributions to D.C.'s LGBT community

Metro Weekly will be honored with a Prism Award, given to individuals or entities who have made a contribution to the LGBT community, at a Monday, Nov. 4, ceremony at D.C.’s Martin Luther King Jr. Library.

Monday’s ceremony marks the second anniversary of the Prism Awards, recognizing contributions in areas of media, faith, fashion, education, activism, ballroom community and politics. The awards were started by Rayceen Pendarvis, the host of the ”Ask Rayceen Show,” a monthly event at the MLK Library.

Others to be honored with 2013 Prism Awards are local entertainer Monet Dupree; Cyndi Clay of Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive (HIPS); fashion designers Douglas Says and Andrew Nowell; LGBT-friendly pastors Darin Phelps and Abena McCray; Ivan Torres of the D.C. Department of Health; playwright Alan Sharpe; and the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit (GLLU) of the Metropolitan Police Department. The event will also feature performances by local artists.

”Any recognition for the work we do is always gratifying,” said Metro Weekly Managing Editor Will O’Bryan. ”Particularly so, however, when that recognition comes from the people in our own immediate community.”

The awards, set to start at 6 p.m., will be preceded by an hour-long networking event hosted by Private Brothas, a local social networking group. Tickets to the event can be purchased for $10 via the Private Brothas website.

John Riley is the local news reporter for Metro Weekly. He can be reached at jriley@metroweekly.com