The Pride Center is pleased to announce the honorees for the 11th annual event.
The New Haven Pride Center (NHPC) is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Dorothy Awards. The first of its kind in our state and now in its 11th year, this prestigious award honors those among us who have made significant contributions to the LGBT community. Our 2014 honorees represent the rainbow of colors that comprise LGBT life in Connecticut today. The New Haven Pride Center is delighted to be honoring such a remarkable group as we enter the second decade of our signature event.
The 2014 Dorothy Award Honorees are:
- AIDS Project New Haven: The oldest AIDS service organization in the state of Connecticut, APNH has been providing HIV/AIDS services to infected and affected individuals for the past 30 years in the Greater New Haven area.
- Betty Gallo: A lobbyist in Connecticut since the late 1970s, Betty has been involved in most civil rights legislation passed in the state in the last few decades. She was instrumental in adding sexual minorities to Connecticut's anti-discrimination laws in the 1990s, and was part of the successful effort to add transgender protection to our laws last year.
- Joe Mannetti: Though many know Joe as 'Mr. International Daddy Bear 2009,' they may not realize what a huge portion of his time he devotes to fundraising for charities here in Connecticut, most notably for organizations that support those with HIV/AIDS, youth, transgender issues and homelessness. We are proud to honor him for these efforts. His fundraising efforts have assisted many people in need.
- Christine O'Leary: One of the most popular lesbian comediennes in the country, Christine has used her influence to raise money and advocate for sexual minorities over the years. She served for many years on the Board of True Colors, and never lost an opportunity to raise awareness -- or funds -- for LGBT youth. Christine is another whose community service light is often hidden. We will shine a light on her generosity.
"The work and contributions of these honorees reflect the diversity and the depth of LGBT life in our state," said NHPC board member and Dorothy Committee co-chair Kathryn Thomas. "LGBT culture in our state lives, breathes and thrives, in part due to the work done by our honorees. Our 11th annual Dorothy Awards provide the ideal opportunity for us to a knowledge the accomplishments of these very special people and groups."
The 2014 Dorothy Awards will take place on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Fantasia in North Haven CT. As we enter our second decade honoring our community's finest, we look forward to a very special evening to celebrate. Our ever-popular Silent Auction will be back with more exciting items to tempt our guests. And thanks to Fantasia, guests will enjoy a delicious meal as well.