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Pride Awards honor LGBT champions

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

Hal Jones    

Director of Care Transformation

Emory Healthcare  

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

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