Pride Awards honor LGBT champions
By Nenad Tadic | Emory Report | Feb. 25, 2013
The 21st annual Pride Awards on Feb. 28 will honor those who work towards full access, inclusion and equity for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community at Emory.
A signature event of Emory's Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Life, the annual Pride Awards are "a reminder of our past, a celebration of our present, and an opportunity to look to our future," says Director Michael Shutt.
The 2013 honorees include:
Alum of the Year Award
Robert Lewis 87Ox 89C
Counsel for Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans
U.S. Department of Labor
Chesnut LGBT Person of the Year Award
J. Michael Aycock '66Ox '69C '82G
Emeritus Associate Dean of the School of Medicine
Emory Pride Member of the Year
Will Ezor '14C
Fierce Leadership Award
She Wen Ong '13C
Keeping the Faith Award
Rev. Joshua Noblitt '04T
Minister of Social Justice
Saint Mark United Methodist Church
Outstanding Transgender Advocate Award
Director of Care Transformation
Outstanding Ally of the Year
*To be announced at the ceremony on Feb. 28
GALA Leadership Award
Carl Kroeger '15C
The GALA Leadership Award is a scholarship, created by Emory Gay and Lesbian Alumni (GALA) to reward and foster leaders who work on behalf of the LGBTQ community at Emory.
Also at the awards ceremony, graduating seniors and alumni will be recognized with rainbow cords or lavender diplomas in the annual Lavender Graduation.
"It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of an event that brings together current students and alumni," says Shutt. "The Pride Awards event is truly a community building occasion for Emory." Sponsored by the Office of LGBT Life, Emory GALA and the Emory Alumni Association, the Pride Awards ceremony begins with reception at 6:30 p.m. at the Miller-Ward Alumni House. All are welcome to attend but should RSVP at lgbt.emory.edu.