December 8, 2011 | by Michael Key
Gay man honored for promoting Pride in India

AAFSW President Patricia Linderman presented Nam ‘Anandaroopa’ Nguyen (left) with the Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad in a ceremony at the State Department. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The gay partner of a Foreign Service worker was honored on Tuesday with the Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad.

The Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide, an organization that represents Foreign Service spouses, employees and retirees, held its annual volunteer awards program in the Benjamin Franklin Diplomatic Room of the State Department.

Among the recipients of the award was Nam ‘Anandaroopa’ Nguyen, honored for his efforts in promoting Pride and empowering the LGBT community in Chennai, India. Nguyen is credited with organizing Chennai’s first LGBT Pride, now in its third year, as well as organizing a number of other programs for the LGBT community of Chennai.

Michael Key has worked as a photojournalist for the Washington Blade since 2009 and is currently serving as the photo editor. He has worked on Capitol Hill, in the White House, on the campaign trail and in cities along the East Coast taking iconic photos documenting the extension of marriage benefits to same-sex couples, the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and other events of interest to the LGBT community. Follow Michael

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