Metro Weekly

Looking Back, Moving Forward

Catching up with the successes of CAGLCC's 2011 Annual Awards winners

Ackerman, Beyer, Griffin, Novinskie and Rosenberg, Minor, and Kahn

Ackerman, Beyer, Griffin, Novinskie and Rosenberg, Minor, and Kahn

We all know that there are shining beacons in our community who deserve to be honored for the great work they do on behalf of the LGBT community. We also know that there are about a million organizations in the Washington metro area that host dinners honoring some of those great beacons. The Capital Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CAGLCC) is no exception – the annual awards dinner, which will be held this year on Friday, April 20, showcases the achievement and impact of LGBT business in our region. However, before you yawn and say, ”Eh, another one?” let’s check back in with some of last year’s honorees, and see what they’ve been up to since the 2011 dinner.

CAGLCC’s 2011 Emerging Entrepreneur Award went to Meghann Novinskie and Kim Rosenberg of Mixology – an offline LGBT dating agency. Following their success in D.C., they have expanded their work to LGBT singles in L.A., San Francisco and New York City. Their team has grown and they’ve been featured in multiple business magazines for their work, including SmartCEO magazine. And we can’t forget that they worked with everyone’s favorite reality-television yenta, Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger, to help match a gay celebrity early in 2012.

Asked about receiving the honor the Mixology team said, ”Being honored by such a prestigious, well-recognized business organization was humbling and inspirational at the same time.” To which we say, keep the matches coming, ladies!

Brent Minor, CAGLCC’s 2011 Volunteer of the Year, had much to say about what has changed since he was honored. He’s been named the executive director of Team DC, making it the nation’s first such local LGBT sports group to hire a staff member. That’s not all. ”We’ve also worked to launch the Equality Sports Association to unite LGBT sports clubs and programs throughout North America,” says Minor. ”Big stuff!”