One of the most special aspects of LA Pride is our annual Honorees Program. This is the recognition of the people, organizations, businesses and groups that have made extraordinary contributions to the LGBT community—here in L.A., at the national level or even around the world. In addition to being in the LA Pride parade on Sunday, June 9, 2013, our honorees are celebrated at a number of exclusive pre-Pride events and participate in all media opportunities. 

With a demonstrated commitment to greater visibility and understanding, advocacy, human rights, empowerment, marriage equality and service, Christopher Street West is very excited to present the 2013 slate of LA PRIDE Honorees:

Brendon Ayanbadejo
Professional Athlete

This year’s award is being presented to 2012 NFL Super Bowl champion Brendon Ayanbadejo who has repeatedly and steadfastly advocated for LGBT rights. A straight ally, Ayanbadejo has not only spoken out about his staunch support of marriage equality, he has encouraged fellow professional athletes to do the same.  In an industry known for discrimination towards LGBT people, both with players and many fans, Ayanbadejo has risked his popularity amongst many by supporting the rights of a few.

The George Moscone Ally Award celebrates straight allies that make a difference within the LGBT community.


Mark Takano
U.S. Congressman

35 years ago, in his famed ‘give them hope speech’, Harvey Milk said, “And you’ve got to elect gay people, so that young child, and the thousands like that child, know that there is hope for a better world….”   Congressman Takano’s election to the United States Congress as the first openly gay person of color in this role offers hope to the next generation of LGBT Americans. Congressman Takano has over 20 years or public service in and around his community in Southern California.  As a teacher, a school board member and now elected official, Congressman Takano has and will remain a tireless advocate for better education. 

The Person Of The Year Award is embodied by an individual who, for the past year, has had an astounding impact working for the betterment of the entire LGBT community.

June Mazer Lesbian Archives

The Mazer Archives is the largest major archive on the West Coast dedicated to preserving and promoting lesbian and feminist history and culture. By creating a safe place for women to explore the richness of lesbian history, perhaps adding to it themselves, they are paving the way for future generations to understand more fully their own identity and history and help maintain this vital link to their own past.  Besides an extensive collection of works, The June Mazer Lesbian Archives creates a community for women with Book of the Month feature, latest news on Lesbian specific topics and numerous cultural events with authors, poets, musicians and more. 

The Pat Parker Cultural Arts Awards honors those who honor the community through the arts.

Lisa Henson
CEO of The Henson Company

Standing up against a national company who openly supports inequality and discrimination, Lisa Henson put her business and legacy on the line this past July by immediately ending a product-placement deal with Chick-fil-A following the fast-food chain’s public stance against marriage equality.  Not only did The Henson Company discontinue the relationship, Henson herself took it a step further by donating the payment from the deal to an LGBT organization.  The Henson Company has long been known for creating iconic characters and continues to educate and entertain the masses while celebrating diversity and acceptance.

Andelson / Thais-Williams Business Award celebrates business leaders who have taken a stand against inequality and strongly support the LGBT community. 

Richard Zaldivar
Founder & CEO The Wall Las Memorias

A visionary and founder of ‘The Wall Las Memorias Project’ on World AIDS day, December 1, 1993, the project is an AIDS monument honoring people who have died of AIDS. The project’s goal is simple, to engage the community in order to foster a conversation about cultural silence, shame and stigma surrounding AIDS.  The Wall Las Memorias has not only opened eyes but also opened hearts and is the only publicly funded AIDS monument in the country.

Connie Norman Spirit Award honors those who work tirelessly on behalf of the community fostering racial, ethnic, religious and gender unity.


Diane Anderson-Minshall
Executive Editor of The Advocate

With over 20 years of experience writing for a long list of LGBT publications, Anderson-Minshall has repeatedly been a leader in journalism covering an array of issues that affect the LGBT community but are often times ignored by mainstream media.  With her words, she has encouraged, inspired and informed countless readers all with the goal of affecting change. Her stories have shed light on women’s issues and she has given a voice to the transgender community through her own unique perspective and experiences.

The Osborn / Michaels Media Award honors those who disseminate information to the public for the betterment of the LGBT community in order to raise awareness and fight for equality.


Cary Davidson

An unsung hero for LGBT people and their families, Davidson has worked with numerous non-profit organizations with the goal of protecting and advancing the rights of the LGBT community, striving to gain more ground on legal issues, while continuing to push for basic equality.  Davidson’s legacy is simple equal rights for equal people and has included providing pro-bono services to organizations including Human Rights Campaign, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, California Faith for Equality, American Civil Liberties Union, Honor PAC, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, No on Prop 8, Equality California, Log Cabin Republicans.

Harvey Milk Legacy Award honors those who continually give themselves to the fight for equality and betterment of the LGBT community.



Affecting the lives of countless kids, teenagers and even adults, 11 year-old Zoey wants nothing more than to simply go to school, learn, have fun with friends and be a kid. Unfortunately, ignorance and intolerance have not always made this easy.  Zoey, with the help of her mother and the ACLU, fought school officials for her right to self identify in school. Even in the face of bullying and endless teasing from both school officials and students, Zoey determinedly continues to live her life as she is and tells her story in the hopes of helping others persevere in living their authentic lives.

The Outstanding Youth Leader Award is given to a young person who has worked for the betterment of young people in regards to LGBT issues.


Payasos LA

Through self-respect and self-expression, Payasos-L.A. is a brotherhood of gay/bi Latino men who are committed to supporting and enhancing the quality of life for our communities both gay and straight.  Through fundraising, public appearances and volunteering that supports youth programs, Payasos promotes a Latino presence in the Arts with clown costumes and makeup and generates awareness about issues that affect the Latino community in LA.


The Berman/Schaffer Service Award focuses on organizations or individuals who bring a positive change to the community by building partnerships and strengthening the community through service.


Bill Rosendahl

LA City Councilmember

Representing the 11th District on the Los Angeles City Council, Rosendahl is the first openly gay member to serve.   Known for bringing a strong voice for community empowerment, the councilmember has strived to bring change and equality amongst Angelenos.  Giving a voice to those who need one the most, the public servant highlights include veteran outreach and counseling and housing opportunities for the underserved people of the city.




The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force

In addition to the above Honorees, Christopher Street West is pleased to announce the 2013 Community Grand Marshal, The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force.  Each year CSW acknowledges the work of one particular organization and aims to help increase the organization’s visibility amongst the LGBT and allied communities at large.  With a mission aimed at building the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force trains activists, aids state and local organizations in building campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation.  This organization not only creates movements, it builds successful ones through research and policy analysis.  2013 celebrates the organizations 40th year of creating change and swaying public opinion for the good of all people.

For more information, visit them at: http://www.ngltf.org and support an organization that fundamentally supports you.


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