The Latino GLBT History Project (LHP) will honor three local activists for their efforts on behalf of the Latino LGBT community at the organization's 8th Annual Hispanic LGBTQ Heritage Awards, Friday, Sept. 27.
The annual event brings together hundreds of LGBT Latinos and Latinas and their allies from the nonprofit, business and government sectors as part of Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place from mid-September to mid-October, to celebrate the progress made on behalf of the community. Proceeds from the event advance LHP's work.
The honorees for 2013 are: Candy Cintron, a producer for Pedro Biaggi en le Mañana at El Zol Radio 107.9 FM, who will receive the Latina Leadership Award for her commitment to increasing positive discourse about the LGBT community and HIV issues; Gladys Gonzalez, the transgender youth program leader at Empoderate! of La Clinica del Pueblo, who will receive the Sofia Carrero Community Award for bringing increased visibility to the transgender community, her work at Empoderate! and her service as co-chair of DC Latino Pride; and Roxanna Olivas, director of the Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs, for her work on D.C.'s LGBT Latino Task Force and her dedication to ensuring LGBT Latinos receive the services, rights and benefits due to them as D.C. residents.
The Heritage Awards ceremony will be followed by a reception featuring new inductees into the History Project's ''Heroes Latinos'' LGBTQ photo exhibit, an annual portrait-photography exhibit of Latino leaders. That exhibit will be on display at the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library, at 3160 16th St. NW, from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, as part of the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Maria Cardona, a Democratic strategist, principal with the Dewey Square Group and CNN political contributor, will emcee the awards reception. The event is also being sponsored by the D.C. Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs, the Mayor's Office of Human Rights, local nonprofit Brother, Help Thyself (BHT), the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Human Rights Campaign, Empoderate!, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and Friends of the Mt. Pleasant Library, with several other individual and corporate hosts.
The 8th Annual Hispanic LGBTQ Heritage Awards Reception will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Human Rights Campaign Equality Forum, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Tickets start at $30, available online at latinoglbthistory.org.