Friday, August 8, 2008

A Call for Nominations!

The following guest post is from Thomas Farmer, president of PFLAG's Winston-Salem chapter.

The Winston-Salem Chapter of PFLAG is proud to announces its 4th annual Kaleidoscope Awards season. And, we're requesting nominations from the community at large to recognize the contributions of allies to the local gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) community. Applications are available now and will be accepted through September 15, 2008.

Nominations are accepted in five categories, including the new Community Organization Award. The five categories are: Business; Education (formerly School); Faith Community; Individual; and the new category, Community Organization.

The Kaleidoscope Awards focus a spotlight on the powerful changes being made in all aspects of life by fair-minded allies, independently or within organizations, that recognize moving equality forward is the key to achieving justice for GLBT people.

This year's awards have been expanded so that a larger variety of remarkable individuals and organizations in Winston-Salem can be recognized and celebrated. With the addition of the Community Organization Award, PFLAG recognizes there are many civic and special interest organizations which are inclusive and advocate for the civil rights of GLBT people but did not fit into one of the other categories. Additionally, the re-named Education Award has been expanded to recognize those who work for change within the system. Individuals (students, educators, counselors and administrators) as well as educational groups or schools can be nominated for making schools a safer place with inspired learning for GLBT students.

We will recognize these outstanding allies at its fourth annual Kaleidoscope Awards Gala, appropriately held on National Coming Out Day, Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. at The Millennium Center in downtown Winston-Salem, NC. This year’s theme is Come out! Become Visible! Make Change! And we'll also celebrate PFLAG Winston-Salem’s 20th year in our community.

Applications are available online here and the submission deadline is September 15, 2008. Nominations can be submitted online, via email to info@pflagwinstonsalem.org or by mail to PFLAG Winston-Salem, PO Box 15477, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.

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