Metro Weekly

Looking Back, Moving Forward

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

CAGLCC was honored to present the 2011 Community Advocacy Award to Dr. Dana Beyer. ”The award was perfectly timed to help me reemerge after the 2010 election,” she says of her unsuccessful run for Maryland delegate. ”When your family recognizes your efforts and encourages you to move forward it’s much harder to stand on the sidelines feeling sorry for yourself.”

Indeed, Beyer has not been standing on the sidelines. Since receiving the honor last year, she has worked tirelessly on the state’s gender-identity bill, created Gender Rights Maryland and helped facilitate the extension of civil rights protections to half the state – and the vast majority of Maryland’s transgender population – in spite of the resistance of some senior Democratic leaders in Annapolis.

For many in the community who have needed legal assistance, the services of the 2011 Business Leadership Award honoree, Ackerman Brown Law Firm, have been invaluable. Says Glen Ackerman, ”The recognition confirmed that Ackerman Brown is the go-to law firm in the LGBT community and for LGBT related matters; that we provide quality legal services, and that we are active in the communities we serve. It also gave me and my colleagues greater access to the corporate community in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia.” As with CAGLCC, Ackerman says, ”Ackerman Brown means business!”

Other 2011 honorees include Michael Kahn, artistic director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, who won the Excellence in Business Award, and Randy Griffin/Marriott International, who won the Corporate Ally of the Year Award.

The 2012 CAGLCC Annual Awards Dinner will take place Friday, April 20,at The Liaison Capitol Hill. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to hear from last year’s honorees, and meet the business leaders, organizations and executives being honored in 2012. For more information about the event or to register, visit

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