AGLA Names Equality Awardees

Arlington LGBT group to recognize one individual, one organization for contributions to equality

The Arlington Gay & Lesbian Alliance (AGLA) will present Equality Awards to James Fisher and Arlington PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) at the LGBT group’s annual holiday party at Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Fisher, receiving the 2013 AGLA Individual Equality Award, is being honored for his longtime advocacy on behalf of the LGBT community, including serving on the Arlington Human Rights Commission. Fisher also previously served as a member of AGLA’s board and as a gay men’s peer counselor at the former Arlington branch of the Whitman-Walker Clinic.

Arlington PFLAG is being honored for the group’s recent creation of an LGBT youth group, ”ALY” (Arlington LGBTQ Youth), to provide young people with a safe and supportive environment. PFLAG mothers Elizabeth Fogarty and Gerda Keiswetter will accept the 2013 AGLA Organization Equality Award on behalf of the group.

The Equality Awards are given annually to individuals and organizations that have worked to promote LGBT equality. Winners were nominated and chosen unanimously by AGLA’s executive board.

The event, which also serves as AGLA’s holiday party, runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at Freddie’s, in Crystal City at 555 23rd St. South. There is no admission, but attendees are asked to bring unused, travel-size toiletries, which AGLA will be collecting to donate to the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN). For more information, visit agla.org.

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

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