April 25, 2012 | by Michael Key
Gay Men’s Chorus honors Blade

Harmony Award (Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington (GMCW) presented its 2012 Harmony Award to the Washington Blade during a concert at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church on Saturday. GMCW ensemble groups Potomac Fever and the Rock Creek Singers performed at the “Together Again” concert.

Tom Mounteer, chair of GMCW’s board of directors, joined GMCW Executive Director David Jobin in presenting the award after intermission.

“Tonight’s award recognizes the Blade as an organization that has been a champion of gay equality,” said Mounteer. “For me, it’s particularly gratifying to bestow the Harmony Award on a local institution that’s so embedded in our community. I know for many in the audience, the Blade is more than just our newspaper of record. It is the newspaper of our lives.”

Jobin continued, “For my entire time with the Chorus, you have been our media sponsor, but more than that, you have also been our friends.”

Brian Pitts, a co-owner of the Blade, accepted the award saying, “Everyone at the Blade is thrilled to receive this.”

Previous recipients of the GMCW Harmony Award include Immigration Equality, the Mautner Project, Food and Friends, Metro D.C. PFLAG and Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL).

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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