November 23, 2016 at 8:35 am EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Pannell receives Knights of St. Andrew award
Phillip Pannell, gay news, Washington Blade

Phil Pannell was to be honored on Nov. 22. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Longtime D.C. gay rights and Ward 8 community activist Phil Pannell was scheduled to be honored on Nov. 22 by the D.C. Scottish Rite’s community service organization with its prestigious Knights of St. Andrew Community Service Award.

The organization’s website says the award was established to recognize “extraordinary volunteers for their exemplary service to the Washington, D.C. area.”

Pannell was scheduled to receive the award at a ceremony at the Scottish Rite organization’s headquarters at 2800 16th St., N.W., at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22.

“We all know the breadth and scope of Philip’s passionately involved commitment to the quality of life for District residents and his tireless spirit in supporting and championing causes in an effort to give everyone a fair chance to have a decent life,” said Micci Sainte-Andress, a longtime friend of Pannell’s.

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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