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New Haven Pride Center Announces Dorothy Awards Honorees for 2015

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January 8, 2015 – The New Haven Pride Center (NHPC) is proud to announce the recipients of the 12th Annual Dorothy Awards. The first of its kind in our state, this prestigious award honors those among us who have made significant contributions to the LGBT community here in Connecticut. This year’s These honorees join a distinguished list of more than 40 other individuals and organizations within our state.

This year’s Dorothy Awards honorees are:

  • Anne Beon: Anne was the lead witness during state testimony considering a bill to add transgender protections to the non-discrimination act, a bill which passed a few years ago. Anne has selflessly given her time and space in her home to transgender youth who had no place to go, and Anne is a sought-after speaker on transgender issues and rights. Her diverse resume also includes acting roles locally.
  • Frank DeMayo: Frank has spent a lifetime improving the visibility and quality of life for the LGBT community with a focus on the greater New Haven area. He is a founding member of the New Haven Pride Center, and co-chaired early events that brought Pride to New Haven – an event previously only held in Hartford. It was his dream to formally recognize those who have made a difference in the LGBT community here in Connecticut, and it was Frank DeMayo who 12 years ago gave the Dorothy Awards its form and name.
  • Trevor Reynolds and Michael Morgan: Trevor and Michael work together as a couple, and individually, donating their time consistently to assist organizations across the state both as volunteers and fundraisers. Trevor and Michael (the latter as Morgana de Luxe) reigned as emperor and empress last year with Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut. They support organizations such as St. Philip House, the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective, True Colors, the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative, and many more. Michael is also a founding member of the Hartford Harlettes.
  • True Colors: True Colors produces the largest LGBT youth conference of its kind in the world, which takes place at UConn in Storrs each March. As a state-based organization, they also have a year-round presence mentoring youth, training leaders and running workshops, with a focus on assisting LGBT youth. The annual True Colors conference sees youth attending from across the country and around the world, thousands each year in all, with a large volunteer contingency helping to make the event a success.

“We continue to be blessed with such dedicated and motivated individuals and organizations, working to ensure a better life for members of the LGBT community here in Connecticut,” said Joshua O’Connell, a co-chair of this year’s event and a Center co-president. “This year’s honorees join a very distinguished list of groups and individuals doing great work here in our state, and we’re very excited to be able to share their successes, as well as their stories, at the 12th Annual Dorothy Awards.”

The event will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at Fantasia in North Haven; Pride Center volunteers are planning a very special evening to celebrate. Our ever-popular Silent Auction will be back with more exciting items to tempt our guests and an exciting updated format. Thanks to Fantasia, guests will also enjoy a delicious meal.

Online ticket purchasing for the gala, complete biographies of this year’s honorees and more can be found at http://www.DorothyAwards.com.

Founded in 1996, the New Haven Pride Center (NHPC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization staffed entirely by volunteers, serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning/queer community and its allies. The NHPC is New Haven County’s only LGBTQ-focused community center and relies on financial contributions for its existence. The NHPC’s mission is to educate the Greater New Haven community about LGBTQ issues; to advocate for equality and justice; and to provide a safe and accessible place for all LGBTQ persons and their allies. Find our more about the NHPC by visiting the Center’s website at www.newhavenpridecenter.org or like our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/newhavenpridecenter.

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