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6th Annual Dorothy Awards HonoreesPublished Jan 1, 2009
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The New Haven Pride Center is proud to introduce the honorees for the 7th Annual Dorothy Awards. This year's group of recipients proudly continues the tradition of honoring people who made a difference in the community.
John MacIver Gage
John MacIver Gage is the first openly gay person to serve as senior pastor in a mainstream Connecticut church. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, with degrees from Yale University and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, John has been at United Church on the Green in New Haven since 2000, when he arrived as associate minister. In April of 2006, the congregation called him to be senior minister. John also serves as the national moderator of the United Church of Christ Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concern, lectures in pastoral care at Yale Divinity School, and is a founding member of Welcoming Congregations of New Haven.
Fran Rzeznik & Zinka Benton
Fran Rzeznik and Zinka Benton have made a lasting impact in film and television. Fran’s latest work is “Marriage Makes a Word of Difference,” produced by the Love Makes a Family Foundation, which covered state couples in their efforts to gain equal marriage rights. Fran co-produced and co-directed “One Nation Under God,” a documentary that challenges the reparative therapy movement and its claims that homosexuality is a curable disease. Zinka was also involved in the production, which debuted on PBS in 1994. Zinka is an attorney with Carmody & Torrance in New Haven, where she is a member of the litigation group and the founder of the firm’s entertainment law practice. Before becoming an attorney, Zinka worked for over a decade as a producer and writer in the film and television industry.
Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus
The Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus the state’s only performing arts organization of gay men. They were recently named “Best Vocal Group” in a poll conducted of readers of Connecticut Magazine. The CGMC is well-known for offering surprises and laughs during their shows, making them a popular favorite.