2016 Democratic National Convention
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to be Awarded 21st Annual International Role Model Award
Awarded By Equality Forum; Presented by Jim Obergefell, Supreme Court Marriage Equality Plaintiff
Ed Rendell, Chair of the Philadelphia Host Committee of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Will Receive the Frank Kameny Award
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Today, the Equality Forum, the nation’s premier lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights summit, announced that it will present the 21st Annual International Role Model Award to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), for her strong support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The 21st Annual International Role Model Award will be presented to Democratic Leader Pelosi by Supreme Court Marriage Equality Plaintiff, Jim Obergefell, at Equality Forum’s LGBT Champion Awards on Thursday, July 28th during the Democratic National Convention.
The 21st Annual International Role Model Award is the nation’s longest standing award to activists and straight allies who have advanced LGBT civil rights. Previous recipients of the award include Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Supreme Court Plaintiff Edie Windsor, Judy Shepard, David Boies and Ted Olson, former Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), and tennis legend Martina Navratilova.
Also during the LGBT Champion Awards Ceremony, Ed Rendell, Chair of the Philadelphia Host Committee of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, will be awarded the Frank Kameny Award by Equality Forum’s Executive Director, Malcolm Lazin. Named for the father of the LGBT civil rights movement, Kameny fought to overturn Eisenhower’s Executive Order 10450, which prohibited the employment of gays and lesbians by the federal government.
“We are thrilled to present Leader Pelosi with this prestigious award for her long-standing support and her leadership in advancing LGBT civil rights,” said Malcolm Lazin, Equality Forum’s Founder and Executive Director. “Governor Rendell is an early pioneer in the fight for LGBT equality.”
LGBT Champion Awards
Thursday, July 28th, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
National Museum of American Jewish History
101 South Independence Mall East (5th and Market Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19106
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
The 21st Annual International Role Model Award
Ed Rendell, Chair of the Philadelphia Host Committee of the 2016 Democratic National Convention
The Frank Kameny Award
Jim Obergefell, Supreme Court Marriage Equality Plaintiff
Malcolm Lazin, Executive Director, Equality Forum
In addition to the presentation of the above awards, Equality Forum 2016 will feature stellar panels focusing on areas significant to continued progress for the LGBT movement and historic LGBT marker dedications from July 25th through July 28th, 2016, including:
These panels examine the LGBT movement through the lens of the 2016 presidential election, and will bring together national leaders to discuss the LGBT agenda.
MEDIA RSVP: Media interested in covering any of the Equality Forum events scheduled for July 25th – 28th should RVSP to: Brad Luna, LUNA+EISENLA media, firstname.lastname@example.org
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About the Equality Forum
Equality Forum coordinates LGBT History Month, produces documentary films, undertakes high-impact initiatives and presents the largest annual national and international LGBT civil rights summit.
Equality Forum is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to advance national and international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights through education. For more information on the Equality Forum, please visit: www.equalityforum.com