March 12, 2014 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
GLAA reveals service awards winners
Earl Fowlkes Jr., Black Pride, Washington Blade, gay news

Earl Fowlkes Jr. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance announced it has selected community activists Jerry Clark, Alison Gill and Earl Fowlkes Jr. as recipients of its 2014 Distinguished Service Award, which will be presented at the group’s 43rd Anniversary Reception scheduled for Aril 30.

GLAA says it presents the annual awards to local individuals and organizations “that have served the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the national capital area.”

Clark, a health benefits consultant, is chair of the D.C. Statehood Coalition, political director of D.C. for Democracy, and board member of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Among other endeavors, he is a member of the Democratic National Committee’s Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council and a former board member of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Gill is government affairs director of The Trevor Project, a leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBT and questioning youth.

Fowlkes is president and CEO of the Center for Black Equity, formerly known as the International Federation of Black Prides, which serves as the world’s only black LGBT international organization. Fowlkes also serves as chair of the Democratic National Committee’s LGBT Caucus.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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