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Award nominations opened March 1 for the 24th Annual Pride Banquet & Awards Ceremony, celebrating the outstanding achievement of people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied communities in southeastern Michigan.
The Pride Banquet will be held 6-10 p.m. June 18 at the Ukranian Cultural Center in Warren.
New this year is the category Queer Choice Award, which has never before been an award at the Pride Banquet. In lieu of previous years’ Community Service Awards, the new Queer Choice Award will be the voice of the LGBT community. The top 10 nominees will be announced and put to a community-wide vote on April 8 to select three awardees. Queer Choice Award winners will be announced at the event.
Awardees for all other awards will be announced May 1.
Award categories include: Business Award, Cultural Award, Media Award, Political Award, Pride Award, Rising Star Award, Spirit of Detroit Award, Sports Award, Unity Award, Volunteer Award and Lifetime Achievement Award.
For a full description of each award and to nominate an extraordinary individual, visit http://www.goaffirmations.org/pridebanquet. Or, nominations can be mailed to the Pride Banquet Planning Committee care of the Midwest AIDS Coalition at 429 Livernois, Ferndale, MI, 48220.
The deadline for nominations is April 1.
Tickets for the Pride Banquet are $40, in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. Tickets are available by calling the Michigan AIDS Coalition at 248-545-1435 or by visiting http://www.pridebanquet.com. The 24th Annual Pride Banquet & Awards Ceremony is a collaborative effort between Affirmations, Al Gamea, Black Pride Society, the Forum Foundation, Michigan AIDS Coalition, Ruth Ellis Center and Triangle Foundation.