This article was published on September 19th, 2019
Palm Springs California has long been a gay Mecca in Southern California, and with an all queer city council running the show, it can be argued this desert oasis is the gayest place in America in 2019. As they say, it takes a village, and Palm Springs takes time each year to thank the members of the community who help make it so welcoming and an incredible place to live and visit. The 2019 Palm Springs Pride Awards are set to recognize individuals that are truly making a difference.
There are six awards given each year to celebrate members of the community in recognition of their efforts in championing LGBT equality and causes and helping advance LGBT rights. These awards are given annually leading up to Palm Springs Pride Week with the upcoming Pride theme of Millions of Moments of Pride and this year’s awards ceremony is September 24, at the Hilton Palm Springs.
This year’s honorees include a former mayor, a teacher, a retired Army Master Sergeant and a 43-year veteran drag performer:
Radio show host and retired attorney Lauren N. Nile Recognized will be awarded the Advocate of the Year for working to raise the consciousness of race and racism in our community is author, . Ellen Wolf will be awarded the Spirit of Pride Award for enhancing the quality of life in the region by raising awareness to advance equality, promote diversity or celebrate the strength and talent of the LGBTQ community.
The 2019 Friend of Pride is Jennifer Jungwirth, a devoted mentor, educator and LGBTQ ally who has dedicated her life to help students succeed in life, in their continued education and careers as a teacher at Yucca Valley High school in Yucca Valley for the past 20 years.
The Spirit of Stonewall Community Service Award recognizes the positive impact Joyce Oldam, is a retired Army Master Sergeant, has made in the community of encouraging people to embrace self-expression and by promoting inclusiveness. From producing, directing, hosting and performing for more fundraisers than he can count, Tommi Rose is recognized as the Spirit of Stonewall Volunteer of the Year.
Ron Oden, who has been active in the community for thirty years, will be awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award. He made history in 2003 by becoming the first openly gay mayor elected in Palm Springs and the first openly gay African American elected to lead a California City.
The Palm Springs Pride Honors Award will be September 24, 2019, from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, at the Hilton Palm Springs. Tickets are available, and proceeds will go to support the Pride organization efforts to foster Pride and respect for the LGBT communities.
Get your tickets now for the Palm Springs Pride Honours Awards.