Every generation builds on the accomplishments of those who came before. The rights we enjoy today were secured by the work of the generation before us, just as the equality we achieve in the future will be built upon the work of today.
That future goal – full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people – will be accomplished in large part through the work of the next generation of LGBT leaders, who realize that while we’ve come far, we’ve not yet come far enough.
The Metro Weekly Next Generation Awards recognize the accomplishments of LGBT activists, artists and leaders under the age of 30, as well as encourage their success in the future. From a field of high-achieving nominees, a panel of LGBT leaders representing a broad cross section of the community chose four individuals whose achievements and potential made them truly representative of our community’s next generation. (A full listing of the Next Generation Awards selection panel)
The four honorees – Gregory Cendana, Victoria Kirby, Daniel Fredrick O’Neill and Sadie Ryanne Vashti – have shown that with drive and dedication they can make a difference in the lives of others. And they’ll keep making a difference, for this generation and the next.
The Next Generation Award winners are chosen from community nominations by a panel of local LGBT leaders. The 2011 Next Generation Awards selection panelists are:
Dr. Howard Brooks
SKIN Cosmetic Dermatology
Opinion Writer, The Washington Post
Board of Directors, Whitman-Walker Health
Vice President, Communications, Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund
Board of Directors, The Center
Mary Snider State Farm Agency
Board of Directors, Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Chief Diversity Officer, Human Rights Campaign
CEO and Co-founder, Witeck-Combs Communications
The 2011 Metro Weekly Next Generation Awards are presented with the support of he Donovan House, Zentan, LogoMotion and Witeck-Combs Communications.