Capital Pride will honor five individuals as ''Pride Heroes,'' as well as recognize a number of other community members for their various efforts on behalf of the LGBT community, at its annual Heroes Gala and Silent Auction, Wednesday, May 29.
Capital Pride's 2013 Heroes are Ed Bailey, entrepreneur and philanthropist, an owner of Town Dancboutique and Number Nine lounge; Barbara Lewis, a doctor at Whitman-Walker Health specializing in the treatment of HIV/AIDS and culturally competent LGBT care; Darren Phelps, senior and founding pastor of Bethel Christian Church D.C., an LGBT-inclusive church; Maryland state Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery Co.), an advocate and ally on behalf of the LGBT community in his state's General Assembly; and Margot Rosen, director of membership outreach at Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
Capital Pride will also honor Consuella Lopez, a stylist and radio host, who has been an activist for transgender rights. Notably, she was a campaign representative for the Transgender and Gender Identity Respect campaign for the D.C. Office of Human Rights. Hassan Naveed, co-chair of Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV), which seeks to reduce the incidence of anti-LGBT violence, will also be honored. The two will be recognized as ''engendered spirits.''
Pride will also honor Jennifer Hall, a longtime volunteer with Capital Pride, with the Bill Miles Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. The Larry Stansbury Award for Exemplary Contributions to Pride will go to Dignity/Washington, a community of LGBT Catholics and other Christians, for work on behalf of the Pride movement.
The Wednesday gala, to be held at 7 p.m. at the Powerhouse in Georgetown, at 3255 Grace St. NW, is just one of many events at which these new ''heroes'' will be honored. Tickets are $55 each and can be purchased online through Capital Pride's main website. Bids in the silent auction can also be made through the website.