Honoring our local heroes.
The mission of Twin Cities Pride is to create experiences that bring the greater GLBT community together to commemorate our diverse heritage, foster inclusion, educate and create awareness of issues, and celebrate achievements in equality.
Twin Cities Champions of Pride award winners exemplify our mission through their work in the community. All award winners are recognized at the annual Grand Marshal Reception and Pride Art Exhibition. Additionally, they hold places of honor in the annual Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade.
Nominations for the 2017 Champions of Pride Awards are now being accepted.
Community Champion of Pride Award
The Community Champion of Pride Award is given to a community-based nonprofit group or organization that is based in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The group/organization does not need to be formally incorporated as a nonprofit corporation in order to qualify.
Corporate Champion of Pride Award
The Corporate Champion of Pride Award is given to a for-profit business or corporation that is headquartered within, or otherwise has a permanent presence, in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
Lifetime Champion of Pride Award
The Lifetime Champion of Pride Award is given to an individual living within the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
Grand Marshal Award
The Grand Marshal shall be an individual that has made considerable contributions to the Twin Cities LGBTQ community. These contributions should be above and beyond the individual’s normal professional duties. Individuals may have made this impact at the local, national, or international level. The Grand Marshal is expected to attend the Grand Marshal Reception, the Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade, and other Pride events as available.