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GLOV Guardian Awards

Anti-violence group honors those working to prevent hate crimes against the LGBT community

Mayor Vincent Gray
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray
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Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV), the D.C.-area organization dedicated to combating anti-LGBT hate crimes and intimate partner violence, announced on Monday the recipients of its 2014 Guardian Award.

The organization annually honors various people who have gone above and beyond expectations to combat violence and improve the lives of the LGBT community in the District. This year’s awards will be presented at Diego Restaurant & Grill on Tuesday, Dec. 16. 

This year’s volunteer awardees are Lori McPherson and Teresa Rainey, honored for their work with GLOV. The community awardees are Catherine Paquette, the mobile services manager of Helping Individual People Survive (HIPS), which works with transgender people and other marginalized populations, such as sex workers, and David Perez, president of the Latino GLBT History Project. Government awardees are incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray (D), who has made his commitment to LGBT rights a trademark part of his legacy as mayor, and Justin Markiewicz, an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department.

“It is an honor to recognize the incredible work being done by dedicated people to combat hate-motivated violence in the District of Columbia,” GLOV Chair Paul Tupper said in a statement. “GLOV’s leadership chose these six people because each has worked tirelessly to improve the safety of D.C.’s LGBT community.”

GLOV’s annual 2014 Guardian Award reception will be held Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Diego Restaurant & Grill, 2100 14th St. NW. Awards will be handed out at 7 p.m. For more information, visit glovdc.org.

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