Members of Vancouver’s queer community were recognized as the Vancouver Pride Society gave out eight awards at its inaugural Pride Legacy Awards recently.
The eight awards, each representing a colour of the rainbow flag, were given to recipients who have dedicated themselves to various causes in the LGBTQ community. A public nomination process narrowed the field to three finalists in each category, with a selection committee making the final choices.
Winners of the 2013 Pride Legacy Awards sponsored by TELUS were:
Red (Lifetime Achievement) – Shawn Ewing
Orange (Sports) – Jag Bilkhu
Green (Environment) – Maria Foster
Blue (Community Leader) – Dean Malone
Turquoise (Arts) – Joe Average
Yellow (Community Superstar) – Barb Snelgrove
Purple (Youth) – Jen Sung
Pink (Sexual Health) – Bradford McIntyre
“This year the Vancouver Pride Society has attempted to put a face behind the heroic stories of change in our community,” says Vancouver Pride Society general manager Ray Lam. “The Legacy Awards are intended to capture those stories of unsung heroes that bind our community. Being queer makes us fellow travelers. But it’s the moments we share that make us a community.”
On Thursday, August 1 the Vancouver Pride Society (VPS) in conjunction with LOUD Business will host Legacy Lunch 2013, an intimate tribute and an opportunity to meet the eight recipients at the Metropolitan Hotel. Also in attendance will be some of the Grand Marshals of this year’s Vancouver Pride Parade. Funds will go to the VPS Legacy Fund.
Tickets to Legacy Lunch 2013 are available online at http://legacylunch.eventbrite.ca.