2019 Pride Honors Awards

2019 Palm Springs Pride Honors Awards Recipients Announced: Community Members Making a Difference

Greater Palm Springs Pride announced today the recipients of its 2019 Pride Honors Awards. The prestigious Pride Honors are presented annually to individuals to recognize their efforts in raising awareness and furthering the causes of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and their allies. The awards ceremony will be held September 24th, at the Hilton Palm Springs.

Ellen Wolf

The six awards celebrate powerful voices in the community: a former mayor, a teacher, a retired Army Master Sergeant and a 43-year veteran drag performer. The awards program marks the approach of Pride Week in the region under the worldwide theme of “Millions of Moments of Pride.”

Recognized as the Advocate of the Year for working to raise the consciousness of race and racism in our community is author, radio show host and retired attorney Lauren N. Nile.  The Spirit of Pride Award recognizes Ellen Wolf for enhancing the quality of life in the region by raising awareness to advance equality, promote diversity or celebrate the strength and talent of the LGBTQ community. By using her activism and business management skills, Ellen focuses her volunteerism on projects that advance causes close to her heart.

The 2019 Friend of Pride is Jennifer Jungwirth, a devoted mentor, educator and LGBTQ ally who has dedicated her life to help students succeed in their continued education and careers.  Jennifer has been a teacher at Yucca Valley High school in Yucca Valley empowering youth for the past 20 years.  The Spirit of Stonewall Community Service Award recognizes the positive impact Joyce Oldam has had in the community. Joyce is a retired Army Master Sergeant, who makes everyone feel welcome and is driven to bring people together, embrace self-expression and promote inclusiveness.

Ron Oden

A Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Ron Oden, who has been active in the community for thirty years.  He made history in 2003 by becoming the first openly gay mayor elected in Palm Springs.  His election also carried statewide significance as the first openly Gay African American elected to lead a California City.

From producing, directing, hosting and performing for more fundraisers than he can count, Tommi Rose is recognized as the Spirit of Stonewall Volunteer of the Year.

“We are thrilled to kick off this Pride season with honorees that educate, advocate, and inspire our diverse community. Together we honor the past and lift up each honoree,” said Ron deHarte, president and CEO of Palm Springs Pride. “As is our tradition, this is not a group that seeks attention or applause. They quietly serve and we are grateful for the profound impact they have had and continue to have in our community.”

IF YOU GO: The prestigious Palm Springs Pride Honors Awards are presented annually to individuals to honor the work they have put into furthering the causes of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and their allies. The awards reception will take place September 24, 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the Hilton Palm Springs located at 410 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs.

Tickets are available online.  Proceeds from the reception will support the Pride organization’s efforts to foster Pride in and respect for the region’s LGBT communities.

ABOUT GREATER PALM SPRINGS PRIDE: Greater Palm Springs Pride is a nonprofit community enhancement organization founded to promote the public education and awareness of individual rights and civil liberties of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and to promote the history, diversity and future prosperity of the Greater Palm Springs LGBT community.  Palm Springs Pride has been a tireless advocate for equality and diversity since the first Coachella Valley Pride event was held in 1986.

The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization brings together the skills, talents and vision of our diverse community through its programs which include the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, Pride Honors Awards, OUT PSP a food and drink event, the Pride Parade, Pride Festival, Community Leadership Council, and the downtown Arenas Rd. Block Party.

About Kate Buckley

Kate Buckley is a brand strategist, premium domain broker and consultant, interviewer, storyteller, visual artist, and award-winning poet & writer. She’s worked in media and marketing since 1997, holds an MFA in Creative Writing, and is the author of A Wild Region (Moon Tide Press) and Follow Me Down (Tebot Bach). A four-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her awards include a Gabeheart Prize and the North American Review’s James Hearst Poetry Prize. She was most recently shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. A ninth-generation Kentuckian, she’s made her home in Southern California since 1998.

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