October 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Blade to receive ‘Making D.C. History’ award
Washington Blade, gay news, Historical Society of Washington

The Washington Blade will be honored next week by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. will present its annual Making D.C. History Award for the category of Local Media to the Washington Blade at a ceremony on Nov. 5 at its headquarters in the Carnegie Library Building in downtown Washington.

“The Making D.C. History Awards supports our mission by honoring the people and places that have helped create, define, and preserve our city’s heritage,” the historical society said in a statement.

Also receiving the award at the Nov. 5 ceremony will be the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, the largest private, independent local foundation focused exclusively on the D.C. metropolitan area, according to the statement.

“The Washington Blade is the nation’s first and most acclaimed LGBT newspaper, founded in 1969 and dubbed the ‘newspaper of record for the LGBT community’ by the New York Times,” the HSW statement says.

“Over the decades, the Blade has won dozens of local and national awards for its groundbreaking journalism,” it says. “Last year, the Blade became the first alternative press outlet admitted to the prestigious White House pool rotation. This year, the NEWSEUM accepted a first-of-its-kind donation from the Blade of historic editions and other memorabilia.”

“We’re grateful that the Historical Society is honoring the Blade’s long record of contributions to the city,” said Blade publisher Lynne Brown. “For many years, our staff worked hard without such accolades and it’s gratifying the work of so many hard-working media professionals is being celebrated.”

In selecting the Cafritz Foundation for the award in its Local Foundation category, the historical society points out that the foundation in the last 10 years has awarded $190 million to more than 890 organizations in the areas of Community Services, Arts and Humanities, Education, Health and Environment.

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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