The Human Rights Campaign is scheduled to recognize the efforts of Washington's Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit (GLLU), on Friday, Oct. 5, at the Washington Convention Center with the organization's National Capital Area Leadership Award. A more formal award presentation will follow during HRC's activist and star-studded annual dinner, also at the, Washington Convention Center, on Saturday, Oct. 6.
Former GLLU commander Sgt. Brett Parson says the award signifies the important work conducted by the unit over the past several years.
''You put that next to the Harvard award that they've won,'' he says, ''and I think it's just another example of how this unit can make an impact not just locally but nationally.''
The GLLU was recognized in 2006 by the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Approximately 2,800 people are expected to attend HRC's dinner featuring Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as this year's keynote speaker. Past recipients of HRC's Leadership Award include Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and gay-rights pioneer Frank Kameny.