October 2, 2012 at 5:18 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Rainbow History Project to honor 14 LGBT activists
Leonard Hirsch, Len Hirsch

Len Hirsch (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Rainbow History Project on Thursday will honor more than a dozen local and national LGBT activists.

Those chosen as 2012 Community Pioneers include philanthropist Robert Alfandre, black lesbian rights activist Colevia Carter, One in Ten founder Keith Clark, Metro DC PFLAG founder Paulette Goodman, Latino LGBT History Project founder Jose Gutierrez, Federal GLOBE founder Len Hirsch, Susan Hester of the Mautner Project, transgender rights activist Jessica Xavier, Robert Miailovich of Dignity-Washington and same-sex marriage activist Bob Summersgill.

The Rainbow History Project will also pay tribute to Stefan Wade of the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League, D.C. Human Rights Commissioner Cade Ware, James Mercer of the BWMT Discrimination Response System and Larry Uhrig, former pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington.

The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Thurgood Marshall Community Center at 1816 12th St., N.W.

“These men and women have dedicated their lives to LGBT organizations, both local and national, and now we are coming together to thank them for their service,” said the Rainbow History Project.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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