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Lambda Archives to once again honor San Diego’s LGBT heroes, pioneers and trailblazers

(HILLCREST) Lambda Archives of San Diego has announced the date for its 3rd Annual Heroes, Pioneers and Trailblazers Award and Fundraising Event. The event will be held on Friday, February 26th, 2010 at The Center, and will include heavy hors ‘d oeuvres and beverages, entertainment and the opportunity to meet some of San Diego’s most outstanding LGBT citizens.

Each year the Archives selects outstanding individuals that have blazed the path for LGBT rights in the San Diego community and beyond, through dedicated service to activism, humanitarianism and political change.

This year’s awardees include Toni Atkins, previous San Diego Councilmember and politician; Frank Buttino, the first publicly gay FBI agent whose class action lawsuit changed FBI employment practices for LGBT applicants; Jeri Dilno, lesbian political activist and first female Executive Director of The Center; Judy Forman, owner of The Big Kitchen, civil rights activist and philanthropist; Cheryl Houk, former Executive Director of Stepping Stone and HIV/AIDS activist; Mel Merrill, political activist for gay rights and philanthropist; Big Mike Phillips, bartender, LGBT activist and philanthropist; Sandra Ramirez, latina transgender activist.

Sharon Parker, past President of Lambda Archives will receive the Presidential Award for her service in helping to collect and preserve San Diego’s LGBT history. Finally, Isaac Gomez will receive the Trailblazing Youth Award, along with his parents as an example of family support provided to a transgender youth.