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Jeffrey Austin to perform at Capital Pride Heroes Gala

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Jeffrey Austin will be the musical act at the Capital Pride Heroes Gala on June 1. The Chicago native began singing at an early age, but put any musical aspirations on hold while attending college. In 2015, he auditioned for The Voice, where he was mentored by pop star Gwen Stefani. He ultimately placed fourth in the competition and has since had four Top 10 recordings on iTunes.

“Jeffrey Austin’s talent and courage are inspiring…and we find it particularly appropriate for him to be performing at the Heroes Gala,” said Ryan Bos, executive director of the Capital Pride Alliance, in a statement. “We’re excited to be kicking off 12 days of the 2016 Celebration of Pride In The Nation’s Capital with Jeffery, and are very eager for everyone to experience his talent on June 1st.”

The annual gala honors locals in the community for their service to the LGBT community. The gala also celebrates those who have made significant contributions within the transgender community with Engendered Spirits Awards.

The winners of this year’s Capital Pride Heroes and Engendered Spirits Awards will be announced the first week in May.

The annual Capital Pride Heroes Gala is June 1 at 7 p.m. at the Carnegie Library, 801 K Street NW. Contact Peter Morgan at 202-719-5304, ext. 703, or visit

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