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LGBTQ Heritage Day

10th Annual LGBTQ Heritage Day

Heritage Days Awards are given in 5 categories: Advocacy & Activism, Health & Wellness, Public Service, Arts& Culture, and Workplace Inclusion.

Do you know somebody who deserves to be recognized for their ongoing commitment to Northeast Ohio's LGBTQ+ community?

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Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Cleveland City Hall Rotunda

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM   Meet and Greet with newly appointed LGBTQ+ liaisons Commander Deirdre Jones, Sherry Bowman, and Kevin Schmotzer

5:45 PM - 8:00 PM   Heritage Day Awards Ceremony  

The City of Cleveland and distinguished members of the LGBTQ+ community are proud to announce the 10th Annual Heritage Day Celebration! Heritage Day is an annual awards ceremony honoring and celebrating LGBTQ+ individuals who have an ongoing commitment to Northeast Ohio's LGBTQ+ community. Awards are given in 5 categories: Advocacy & Activism, Health & Wellness, Public Service, Arts & Culture, Workplace Inclusion.

2018 LGBTQ Heritage Day Award Recipients

Advocacy & Activism

Robert Rivera

Arts & Culture

Deidre McPherson

Health & Wellness

Dr. James Hekman

Public Service

Mary Zaller

Advocacy & Activism:
The award for Advocacy and Activism honors an individual for their outstanding commitment to affecting positive change. An honoree is a member of the LGBT community whose selfless acts have made Cleveland a better place for all to live - they recognize that making Cleveland a better place for LGBT people benefits everyone. This person role models bold action, whether working at the grass-roots level, the policy level, or somewhere between. (Community organizers, advocates, policy-makers, etc)

Health & Wellness:
The award for Health & Wellness honors an individual for impactful accomplishments in the fields of health care, health care education, and social services.  An honoree may be an LGBT health care professional, care coordinator, or counselor whose work displays a commitment to the community by tackling disparity in service delivery to LGBT consumers. Through their exceptional skills and expertise, this honoree addresses the challenges faced by the LGBT community in the realms of health and wellness. (Doctors, helping professionals, non-traditional wellness providers, therapists, etc)

Public Service:
The award for Public Service honors an individual who has made significant contributions to the livelihood and vitality of Cleveland and its LGBT community. An honoree is a member of the LGBT community who might be the quintessential good neighbor, team member, representative, or volunteer.  This person gives their time, guidance and assistance to improve the community through the promotion of LGBT visibility and issues. (Teachers, faith leaders, volunteers, public officials, etc)

Arts & Culture:

The award for Arts & Culture honors an individual who has contributed significantly to the creation and or preservation of LGBT culture and heritage. An honoree is a member of the LGBT community who uses their talents to increase the visibility of LGBT people while demonstrating the impact of creative contributions. The recipient of this award should demonstrate a love of culture and art, as well as a devotion to sharing this love with their community. (Musicians, sculptors, writers, painters, etc)

Nominations will be reviewed by a committee of Cleveland LGBT community members and previous Heritage Day awardees. Nominations for Heritage Day Awards closed on September 21st. For more information, please contact Chris McNulty at (216) 651-5428 x105 or by email at CMcNulty@lgbtcleveland.org.

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