Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-07-10
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

PRIDE 2019 Esteem Awards honor local, national Black LGBTQ communities
by Joshua Irvine
2019-07-10

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


The 12th Annual Esteem Awards paid tribute to 11 individuals and organizations Sunday for their contributions to the LGBTQ community.

Held in conjunction with the Lighthouse Church of Chicago's Black Gay Pride Worship service on July 7, the mostly Black honorees received their awards in a ceremony-slash-chicken and waffle brunch co-hosted by Pastor Jamie Frazier and the Awards' founder Phil Esteem. The honors went to LGBTQ persons from both Chicago and across the nation as well as several local institutions.

"It feels really good to know people are paying attention to the work you do," said Perre Shelton, the honoree for the Future Leaders/Outstanding Millennial-Chicago award.

Shelton described himself as a "spokesperson" for the intersection between the LGBTQ community and people of color.

Shelton was one of several activists honored. Affinity Community Services Executive Director Imani Rupert-Gordon received the Outstanding Service-Female honor for her 15 years' work for social justice in higher education, social work and nonprofit management.

"A lot of people that I admire and respect have been honored, and I'm just happy to be among these amazing people," Rupert-Gordon said. ( Affinity received the Esteem Awards' Outstanding Social Service/CBO honor in 2012. )

One honoree had been waiting on his award longer than others. Sampson McCormick, a stand-up comedian, had performed at the Esteem Awards five times since 2012. He received the Special Recognition-National honor when he performed his sixth set for the Awards, earning laughs as he discussed navigating barber shops as a gay man and drug-centric racism in his hometown of Los Angeles as well as throwing humorous barbs at an older white man seated near the performer who turned out to be Tyrone Mixx, the founder and DJ of the legendary nightclub The Generator.

McCormick's material addressed more serious topics as well, particularly the prevalence of deaths of Black and trans men under 30. He said he wanted his comedy to focusing on highlighting "where [Black LGBTQ persons] need to heal as a community" and closing the gap between Blacks and the greater LGBTQ community.

This was Lighthouse Church's first time hosting this particular award ceremony, in Lincoln Park's Saint Paul's United Church of Christ. Describing the congregation as a predominantly African American, LGBTQ-friendly community, Frazier said the event was an opportunity for the church to demonstrate its commitment to inclusion.

"It's a beautiful thing to celebrate being Black and gay in Chicago," Frazier said.

Other honorees included transgender advocate Channyn Lynne Parker, LGBTQ storytelling forum OUTspoken! and the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Department of Public Health administrator Antonio King, writers Steven Fullwood and Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Ka'Riel Gaiter and the Brave Space Alliance were also honored, but did not appear or send representatives.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Cell Block parties to benefit HIV services 2019-07-13 - Cell Block, 3702 N. Halsted St., is holding a series of fundraising parties to benefit HIV services. The new owners of Cell Block—a ...


Gay News

'Stonewall' exhibit extended through Aug. 10 2019-07-11 - "About Face: Stonewall, Revolt and New Queer Art"—being shown at Wrightwood 659, 659 W. Wrightwood Ave.—has been extended through Saturday, Aug. 10. A ...


Gay News

ART Scholars talk queer representation, identity in 'Community' panel 2019-07-11 - What does it mean to be queer? A new art exhibition explores the past, present and future of queerness. "About Face: Stonewall, Revolt ...


Gay News

Teen performer talks Jimmys, being on Broadway 2019-07-10 - He was standing on an escalator in the lobby of a Times Square theater when the magnitude of what Jacob Simon was experiencing ...


Gay News

Black Gay Men's Caucus holds annual LoveFest 2019-07-09 - On July 6, The Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus, in partnership with Rails Marketing Group and David Dodd Productions, presented the annual LoveFest ...


Gay News

Two Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Sites get World Heritage Desnignation 2019-07-08 - CHICAGO, IL ( July 8, 2019 ) — The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is proud to announce that the Frederick C. Robie House ...


Gay News

Activist/author Urvashi Vaid keynotes DignityUSA event 2019-07-07 - Attorney, author and advocate Urvashi Vaid gave a keynote address at DignityUSA's three day conference, "True to the Spirit, True to Ourselves," July ...


Gay News

Buttigieg speaks at Rainbow PUSH event 2019-07-07 - Openly gay presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg spoke July 2 at a the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Fund's ...


Gay News

HRC makes historic choice for next president 2019-07-01 - After a nearly seven-month search, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced Alphonso David as its next president—marking the first time a ...


Gay News

Shedd premieres 'LGBTQ+ Pride Night' 2019-07-01 - On June 14, Shedd Aquarium host a special Pride Night after hours. The evening included pop-up animal encounters, a live set from Slo ...


 



Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.