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Capital Pride Alliance opens award nominations

Heroes and Engendered Spirit awards honor significant contributions to the local LGBT community

Some of the award winners and attendees at the 2015 Capital Pride Heroes Gala. Photo by Ward Morrison.

Some of the award winners and attendees at the 2015 Capital Pride Heroes Gala. Photo by Ward Morrison.

The Capital Pride Alliance, which plans and carries out Washington’s annual Pride festivities, is accepting nominations for the Capital Pride Heroes and Engendered Spirit awards, which will be presented to the eventual winners at the organization’s Heroes Gala on Wednesday, June 1.

The organization is encouraging people to nominate individuals who have made outstanding or exceptional contributions to D.C.’s LGBT community and had a positive impact on the lives of others. All nominations must be submitted by Feb. 29.

“We always look forward to receiving the nominations for these awards, Ryan Bos, the executive director of the Capital Pride Alliance, said in a statement. “They reflect the wide diversity of the DC LGBTA community and the involvement, impact, and support made by the nominees. We encourage everyone to recommend a person or organization they believe deserves recognition.”

Given annually, the Capital Pride Heroes Awards recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the LGBT community. The Engendered Spirit awards recognize those who have specifically contributed to and worked on behalf of the area’s transgender community. Both sets of winners will also be acknowledged at the Capital Pride Parade on Saturday, June 11, and Engendered Spirit awards winners will receive additional recognition during 2016 Capital Trans Pride on May 21.

At the gala, Capital Pride also presents the Larry Stansbury Award to the individual, group or organization that has made exemplary contributions to Pride, and the Bill Miles Award to the volunteer who has gone demonstrated exceptional commitment and dedication to Pride.

“Each year, Capital Pride Alliance is honored to highlight the distinguished contributions of members of the LGBTA community,” Bernie Delia, president of Capital Pride Alliance’s board of directors, said in a statement. “Over the years we have recognized dozens of individuals and organizations. Their impact has been tremendous, and each of them has made extraordinarily positive contributions to the community. We look forward to recognizing a new group of honorees this year.”

For more information on the Capital Pride Alliance, or to nominate someone as a Capital Pride Hero or Engendered Spirit, visit

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