Twin Cities Pride Honors 2015 Community Awardees at Thursday, May 21 Event at Intermedia Arts

The Grand Marshal Reception and Art Exhibition will celebrate accomplishments for the GLBTQA community

MINNEAPOLIS (May 21, 2015) – On Thursday night at Intermedia Arts, Twin Cities Pride will honor the 2015 Community Award winners:

– Grand Marshal: Andrea Jenkins
– Community Champion of Pride: OutFront Minnesota
– Corporate Champion of Pride: AARP Minnesota
– Lifetime Champion of Pride: Julie Dafydd

This event serves as a celebration of the many great accomplishments of the GLTBQA community in the Twin Cities. Come socialize with members of the community and enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, live music and a silent auction. In addition to the Awards Presentation, The art exhibition features works by artists from around the region, juried by members of the Twin Cities visual arts community. Art will be displayed at Art & Frames, at 2486 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55114 for the month of June. Additionally, the Best of Show winners will be on display and included in MadeHereMN.org’s summer installation, Intersec+ions.

More event information can be found at tcpride.org.

About Andrea Jenkins – Grand Marshal

Nominated by: Monica Meyer

By all accounts, Andrea Jenkins truly needs no introduction in this community. She’s a leader, a poet, a writer, a performance artist, a current and former member of the Board of Directors for several local organizations including OutFront Minnesota and SMARTS. Andrea is a former Senior Policy Aide, where she served for twelve years. She’s a mother of daughter Nia, a grandmother of granddaughter Aniyah, and a co-curator of Intermedia Arts’ Queer Voices Reading Series. Andrea has been a Naked Stages Fellow, through which she produced a one-woman show loosely based on her manuscript Black Pearl. She’s a grant recipient for her spoken word poetry. Today, she leads the Trans-History project at the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection Archives at the University of Minnesota—where she’s collecting, archiving and sharing hundreds of hours of conversations with transgender people from Minneapolis, Chicago, and the rural reaches of the Midwest—creating a lasting record of their journeys.

About Julie Dafydd – Lifetime Champion of Pride Award Winner

Nominated by: John Bigger

Julie Dafydd is recognized across our community for myriad reasons—in fact, she was a writer for this very publication—”Consider the Source” ran for years. Julie has long been  dedicated to fundraising and awareness-building via The Imperial Court of Minnesota. And she’s a lady of the stage—including her one-woman play called Soderville—in which she plays herself both today and in her past. In Soderville—named for the Minnesota town in which she spent most of her youth—Julie brings us into her personal history, including her struggle as a youth and her eventual transition. Recently, Julie joined TheColu.mn as a contributing writer for a recurring post called Transformation. We can’t wait to read it.

About OutFront Minnesota – Community Champion of Pride Award Winner

Nominated by: Anne Hodson

OutFront Minnesota works to lead Minnesota toward LGBTQ equality through community organizing, public policy, anti-violence, legal and education/training.OutFront co-founded Minnesotans United for All Families with Project515—one of the largest grassroots movements Minnesota has ever seen—working with coalition partners and community members to defeat the proposed constitutional amendments that would’ve limited the freedom to marry.

Last year, OutFront advocated with the Safe Schools for All Coalition to pass the Safe & Supportive Minnesota School Act—antibullying legislation that helps protect LGBTQ youth.

They also worked with the Minneapolis Trans Workgroup to raise awareness and support for the City Council’s vote around designations of single-user restrooms by sex, making things easier and safer for trans people.

About AARP Minnesota – Corporate Champion of Pride Award Winner

Nominated by: Harry Hartigan

Mistreatment and disregard of LGBTQ seniors is not unique to long-term care facilities—often LGBTQ seniors are disproportionately affected by issues of stigma, isolation, and unequal treatment. While enduring the normal, human process of aging—their identity can make their lives even more difficult.

In response to this important community and to offer more support—AARP Minnesota teamed up with Prime Timers MSP and Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly on Boomer Town—a 50-plus area in Loring Park during Pride weekend where seniors/elders of the LGBTQ community who have given so much of themselves can relax, enjoy one another’s company, and find resources intended especially for them.

It’s important that we all remember how much this community has contributed to get us to this historical time in our community. Thanks to our LGBTQ for their courage, and thanks to AARP Minnesota for this important work to honor them.

2015 Twin Cities Pride Events:

Pride Art Show & Grand Marshal Reception (May 21)

Pride Family Picnic (June 21)

Lily Tomlin (June 25)

The Pride Beer Dabbler (June 26)

The Pride Festival, (June 27-28)

Pride in Concert (June 27)

The Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade (June 28)

Complete event information and details are available at www.tcpride.org.

About Twin Cities Pride:

Twin Cities Pride is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Minnesota corporation, with a mission 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.” To achieve this, we create events that are open and inviting to everyone in the community, providing a safe environment in which individuals feel free to celebrate their relationships.

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