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Bowser to honor “Sheroes” of LGBT movement

2015 finalists are three local LBT women credited with making major contributions to the LGBT community in the District

Muriel Bowser

Muriel Bowser

As part of Women’s History Month, the Office of GLBT Affairs, partnering with the Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy & Initiatives and the Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs, will honor three LBT women who have made significant contributions to the LGBT community in the District at a reception later on Thursday evening. 

Now in its fourth year, the Sheroes of the Movement awards are given annually to worthy individuals to mark the contributions of LBT women, which can often go overlooked, even within the LGBT community. Nominations for the awards were submitted by members of the Mayor’s GLBT Advisory Committee, who also selected the final winners. This year’s finalists will be presented with their awards by Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), only the second female mayor in the history of the District of Columbia. 

This year’s honorees are Esther Hidalgo, Lourdes Ashley Hunter and Mary Bowman. Hidalgo is known mostly for her work with the Latino GLBT History Project (LHP), where she has served in a number of leadership roles and helped co-chair the committee that started LHP’s Women’s History Month event, “Mujeres en el Movimiento.” Hunter, a prominent transgender advocate who serves as co-founder and national director for the Trans Women of Color Collective, has been a presence at many recent actions or demonstrations held in defense of the rights of transgender people, particularly transgender women of color. Bowman, a local poet, is known best for her advocacy surrounding the issue of HIV/AIDS. 

The Sheroes of the Movement awards will be presented at a reception on Thursday, Mar. 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the HRC Equality Center, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW. For more information, visit glbt.dc.gov. 

John Riley is the local news reporter for Metro Weekly. He can be reached at jriley@metroweekly.com

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