September 20, 2018 at 10:00 am EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
DC Appleseed names Pannell 2018 Community Partner Honoree
Phil Pannell, gay news, Washington Blade

Phil Pannell is set to receive the 2018 Community Partner Honoree Award from DC Appleseed. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The DC Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, a local nonprofit public policy advocacy group, has named longtime D.C. LGBT rights and community activist Phil Pannell for its 2018 Community Partner Honoree Award. The award will be presented to Pannell at the organization’s annual Awards Reception to be held Sept. 25 at the Arena Stage.

Pannell serves as executive director of the nonprofit Anacostia Coordinating Council. He is cited by DC Appleseed as a distinguished community activist of nearly 40 years in D.C., with a focus on communities east of the Anacostia River. He has received over 100 awards for community service related work, including the U.S. President’s Call to Service Award in 2012.

He also currently serves as president of the Congress Heights Community Association and the Anacostia/Bellevue/Congress Heights AARP Chapter No. 4870. In addition, he serves as treasurer of the Friends of the Parkland-Turner Neighborhood Library and the as vice chair of the board of the Community College Preparatory Academy Public Charter School. He is an outspoken supporter of the LGBT Youth advocacy group Check It Enterprises, which is located in Anacostia.

DC Appleseed spokesperson Renee Johnson called Pannell “our amazing honoree.”

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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