Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV), a program of The DC Center dedicated to preventing and responding to violence against the District's LGBT community, will celebrate six honorees with the GLOV Guardian Award for contributions to combating hate crimes at an awards ceremony Dec. 18.
Guardian Awards are given annually to those individuals and organizations that have been proactive in combating anti-LGBT violence in Washington. This year's awardees include two GLOV volunteers, Paul Tupper, who also serves as the group's secretary, and Alan Shih.
Guardian Awards will also go to Ruby Corado, executive director of the LGBT community center Casa Ruby, and the Network for Victim Recovery of DC. Closing out the list of 2013 recipients are Roxana Olivas, director of the Mayor's Office of Latino Affairs, and Matthew Mahl, a sergeant with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
''GLOV is honored to recognize the 2013 recipients of the Guardian Award,'' Hassan Naveed, co-chair of GLOV, said in a statement praising the award recipients. ''They have gone above and beyond in their efforts to make our city safe for the LGBT community. We are grateful for their service, dedication, and commitment to ending hate crimes.''
GLOV's Guardian Awards reception will take place at Number Nine, 1435 P St. NW, Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Suggested donation is $5. For more information, call 202-682-2245 or visit glovdc.org.