The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the city’s largest LGBT political organization, is scheduled to hold its 34th Anniversary Leadership Awards Reception on Oct. 28 at a penthouse terrace atop an office building in downtown D.C.
Among those named as a recipient of one of the club’s awards is D.C.’s presumptive mayor-elect, Vincent Gray. Club officials say Gray played a key role in guiding the city’s same-sex marriage equality law through the City Council in his role as Council Chair.
D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5), whom the club says advocated for the same-sex marriage bill while facing strong opposition to the bill from many of his Ward 5 constituents, will receive the club’s “Justice Award.”
Others named as award recipients are Dennis and Christine Wiley, who are husband and wife ministers and leaders of D.C. Clergy United for Marriage Equality, a group that lobbied for the same-sex marriage law; Carlene Cheatam, veteran LGBT activist; Tiffany Joslyn, a Democratic Party activist; and Jose Gutierrez, an organizer in D.C.’s LGBT Latino community.
Information and tickets for the event, which serves as a club fundraiser, can be obtained through the club’s website.