Pride Center to Initiate Annual ‘Icon Awards’

Pride Center marchers at the 2016 Pride Parade. (Photo: Julian P. Ledezma)

The board of Pride Center San Antonio announced on December 18 that starting next year, it will annually bestow five Icon Awards “to exemplary members of the community for their outstanding contributions to the LGBTQ+ community.”

The honors will be presented during Pride Month at an Icon Awards Brunch to be held on June 2, 2019 at the Pearl Stable.

The Pride Center is calling on the community to nominate recipients for the awards. They seek nominees who “must be or have been contributing members to the LGBTQ+ community and who have made significant and demonstrable contributions to the LGBTQ+ community.”

Awards will be made in the following categories:

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A person that has made significant and meaningful contributions to the LGBTQ+ community

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A proven leader who has demonstrated a commitment to advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer issues in San Antonio

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A person that has contributed unique achievements of far-reaching and historical importance having an impact on San Antonio’s LGBTQ+ community and/or the City of San Antonio.

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A media professional who promotes outstanding representations of the LGBTQ+ community in media.

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An elected official who has shown leadership in public policy issues important to the LGBTQ+ community.

Anyone may submit a nomination, self-nominations are also accepted. The deadline for submitting nominees is February 1, 2019.

The Icon Awards Brunch replaces the Pride Center’s New Year’s Eve party as the organization’s major fundraiser of the year. To that end, they are asking donors and businesses to consider sponsorships of the event and advertising in the program.

In their announcement of the awards, the Pride Center’s board writes, “With an eight-year history of serving the greater South Texas LGBTQ+ community, The Center is saving lives every single day and remains one of the most well-respected and relevant non-profit organizations in San Antonio. The Icon’s Brunch is an extraordinary community celebration not to be missed. This exceptional event is the must-attend fundraiser of the year for the community.

Use this link for complete information about the Icon Awards Brunch, sponsorships, program advertising and to fill out a nomination form. Individual ticket sales will begin soon.


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