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San Diego Democrats for Equality accepting Freedom Awards nominations

SAN DIEGO -- Nominations are now open for the San Diego Democrats for Equality's annual Freedom Awards, which will be handed out at a ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 17.

The awards program includes six honors named in honor of prominent club members, community leaders or Democrats who made great strides for equality in their lifetime. The categories include awards for individuals, organizations, club members and non-club members who have provided service to the LGBT community and its struggle for equality.

The awards categories include:

A. Brad Truax Human Rights Award: This award, considered the club’s highest honor, is presented to an individual who has made sustained and significant contributions toward the advancement of LGBT rights, at the local, state or national level. The recipient need not be a club member.

J. Douglas Scott Award for Political Action: This award is presented to a club member who demonstrates political action within the LGBTR community and the Democratic Party. The award recognizes political work done within the party to educate and advance the political agenda of the LGBT movement and/or work within the community to encourage participation in the Democratic Party and electoral process.

Gloria Steinem Award for Communication: This award is presented to an individual or organization who has worked to educate the non-LGBT community about our needs and create avenues of communication between the two communities.

Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Community Action: This award is presented to an individual or organization who has demonstrated service to the LGBT community through participation in other organizations and community events.

R. Steven Pope Award for Volunteerism: This award is presented to a club member who demonstrates outstanding volunteerism within the LGBT community, the club, political campaigns and the Democratic Party. The award recognizes the need to acknowledge volunteers who consistently and selflessly give their time and energy to further the club’s political agenda.

Herb King Lifetime Achievement Award: This is a special award (not routinely presented every year) given to a club member in recognition of many years of extraordinary service to the LGBT community.

The nomination process is open to all, those who wish to submit a nomination do not need to be a member of the club. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Oct. 3.

For more information or to submit a nomination, click HERE.

About the San Diego Democrats for Equality

The mission of the San Diego Democrats for Equality shall be to secure for all gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people the equal human rights guaranteed to all citizens by the Constitution of the United States and to foster the ideals of the Democratic Party and contribute to the Party’s growth and influence.