Pride Source Wins First-Ever National Journalism Award for Excellence in Transgender Coverage 2022

NLGJA will honor Pride Source in September at their annual convention

Today, The Association of LGBTQ Journalists (NLGJA) announced that Pride Source has been awarded Excellence in Transgender Coverage 2022. This is the media company’s first-ever NLGJA award in its nearly 30 years as a publication.

NLGJA recognized Pride Source’s story “How Two Detroit Ballroom Godmothers Made Sure VICE Got the Whole Story About Murdered Trans Woman Kelly Stough,” written by Ellen Shanna Knoppow, as “exemplary work.”

“Winning an NLGJA award for Excellence in Transgender Coverage is not only an honor, it’s a responsibility I take seriously,” said Knoppow, who lives in Southeast Michigan. “Not too long ago, a trans woman told me, ‘The “T” is never silent.’ I hope to amplify more of those voices in the future.”


A ceremony recognizing Pride Source’s win for the 2022 Excellence in Journalism Awards winners will be held during the NLGJA National Convention in Chicago from Sept. 8-11. Pride Source is the only LGBTQ+ regional press outlet to have won an NLGJA award this year. Other awardees include national outlets such as NPR, VICE News, NBC News, them., the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.

“My team of writers and editors work fiercely to tell a vast array of stories that have the power to change lives and policy for LGBTQ+ people every day,” said Pride Source’s Chris Azzopardi, who began leading the editorial team as Editorial Director in early 2021. “Ellen is a master at her craft and a passionate storyteller, and so I’m thankful to NLGJA for recognizing the care and consideration that went into writing this story. It’s an important one, as it brings to light the national epidemic of anti-trans violence while also, in its grief, finds resiliency in Detroit ballroom culture."

"Very proud of Ellen and of our entire Pride Source editorial team," Azzopardi added. is published by Pride Source Media Group, LLC. based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Established in 1995, PSMG produces the award-winning biweekly LGBTQ+ print publication, Between The Lines and the Michigan Pride Source Yellow Pages.

The NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists Excellence in Journalism Awards were established in 1993 to foster, recognize and reward excellence in journalism on issues related to the LGBTQ+ community.