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GLAA reveals service awards winners

Clark, Gill, Fowlkes to be honored

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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.

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Carlton R. Smith: LGBTQ advocate, ‘mayor’ of Mount Vernon, passes away

‘The Duchess’ died on May 29 in his sleep

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Carlton R. Smith, an LGBTQ advocate, died May 29. He was 61. (Photo courtesy of Carlton R. Smith)

BY JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV | Carlton R. Smith was affectionately called “The Duchess” in a nod to royalty, because of his unofficial role of mayor of Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood. He was a “walking billboard” for Calvin Klein, with a love for purple, Batman, cooking, house music, Prince, and Diana Ross.

“If you said Duchess, you knew who that was,” said his close friend of 25-years, Carrietta Hiers.

The rest of this article can be found on the Baltimore Banner’s website.

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Moore pardons more than 175,000-plus cannabis-related convictions

Governor signed executive order at State House on Monday

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Maryland Gov. Wes Moore (Public domain photo/Twitter)

BY BRENDA WINTRODE and PAMELA WOOD | Gov. Wes Moore pardoned more than 175,000 cannabis-related convictions Monday, nullifying guilty verdicts decided when carrying small amounts of the drug or paraphernalia was illegal.

The Democratic governor signed an executive order during a State House ceremony, granting clemency to thousands of people convicted in Maryland. The convictions to be pardoned include more than 150,000 misdemeanors for simple possession and more than 18,000 for possession of drug paraphernalia with an intent to use.

The rest of this article can be read on the Baltimore Banner’s website.

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Blade wins multiple journalism awards

Society of Professional Journalists recognizes writing, design work

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The D.C. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists honored the work of the Washington Blade at its annual Dateline Awards dinner last week.

The Blade took top honors in the weekly newspaper editorial/opinion writing category for a piece by Michael Lavers, the Blade’s international news editor, titled, “Bearing witness to the unimaginable,” which recounted watching raw footage of Hamas’s attack against Israel on Oct. 7.

In it, Lavers wrote, “The Israeli government clearly wants the world to understand the barbarity of what happened on Oct. 7, and that is why it has shown footage of that horrific Saturday to journalists and lawmakers. The footage left me deeply shaken, and perhaps that was the point.”

Washington Blade graphic designer Meaghan Juba won the Dateline Award for front-page design in the weekly newspaper category.

And in the weekly newspaper-features category, the Blade’s Kathi Wolfe was recognized as a finalist for her piece titled, “Meet one of the most powerful disabled people on the planet.”

“These awards reflect our 55-year commitment to journalistic excellence,” said Blade Editor Kevin Naff. “Congratulations to our team for another year of award-winning journalism.”

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