May 6, 2015 at 1:51 pm EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Rainbow History to honor LGBT ‘Pioneers’
Ruby Corado, Casa Ruby, gay news, Washington Blade

Ruby Corado, founder of Casa Ruby, is among Rainbow History Project’s honorees. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

D.C.’s Rainbow History Project is inviting the public to attend a May 14 reception where it will formally recognize a dozen local activists it has inducted into its ranks as 2015 LGBT Community Pioneers.

The event, which is free of charge, will be held on Thursday, May 14, at the Thurgood Marshall Center at 1816 12th St., N.W.

“These tenacious and creative individuals are being recognized for their instrumental roles in establishing and sustaining important institutions in the D.C. LGBT community,” a statement released by the group says. “The event provides an opportunity for the community to thank them.”

The 2015 Pioneers are identified as the following:

• Jonathan Blumenthal and Eric Cohen, founders of the LGBT group Burgundy Crescent Volunteers

• Ruby Corado, transgender activist and founder of Casa Ruby LGBT center

• Wallace Corbett, AIDS educator

• Kathleen DeBold, Mautner Project and Lambda Literary Awards administrator

• Atul Garg and Yassir Islam, founders of the LGBT South Asian group Khush D.C.

• Annette “Chi” Hughes, founding member of Sapphire Sapphos and AIDS educator

• Susan Silber, attorney and “trailblazer” in LGBT-friendly employment and family law in the D.C. area

• Jill Strachan, leader of local LGBT arts organizations

• Michele Zavos, attorney and “groundbreaker” in LGBT-friendly family and HIV/AIDS law in the D.C. area.

Rainbow History Project says it will also recognize the work of the late Annie Kaylor of Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse in D.C. as a community ally.

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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