Capital Pride’s Heroes Gala, hosted by Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and with Major Event Sponsors Hilton and UPS, honors the unapologetically proud individuals, leaders, and activists who have furthered the causes important to the LGBTA community in the national capital region and beyond. Please view the complete list of 2017 honorees here.
We’re excited to announce that R&B singer and actress, and American Idol Season 12 winner Candice Glover will perform live! Enjoy her coronation song “I Am Beautiful,” which entered the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs chart at number five, highlights her rich voice and stirring delivery, a bold fusion of soul, pop, and R&B.
Glover has performed at the U.S. Capitol Building and The White House, and alongside artists including Patti Labelle, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, and Ariana Grande.
The Heroes Gala offers an elegant evening on the town taking place at the dazzling Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. You’ll enjoy great entertainment, an open bar, and the best food-tasting stations in DC, including Asia Nine, CaliBurger, Mason Dixie Biscuit Co., Mixology Catering & Bartending, and Taco Bamba. Special thanks to our beverage sponsors Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Stoli, and Heineken.
JOIN THE HOST COMMITTEE!
Help the Heroes Gala by joining the Host Committee. As a Host Committee member, you’ll sell Heroes Gala tickets by sharing the Facebook event page with your friends and family, and promoting the event through your own social media accounts. You’ll be given a unique URL as a link to the ticket sales page, and once you’ve sold five tickets, you receive one complimentary General Admission ticket. Plus, you’ll be recognized on the website event page and welcomed on social media posts. To sign up for the Heroes Gala Host Committee, contact email@example.com.
The current Host Committee includes Chelsea Bland, Deonte Leach, Bianca Rey, Anna-Alexandra Rojo, Rose Romero, and Jami Vallesteros.
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: 7pm – 11pm
Location: Carnegie Library
Metro: Green/Yellow (Mt Vernon Sq 7th St-Convention Center)
Tickets: A limited number of tickets are now on sale for $65. Once these tickets are sold, the price will go up the General Admission Price of $85. Purchase your tickets today Here.
The following awards will be presented on May 13:
Capital Pride Heroes are dedicated individuals whose body of work has had a positive, significant, and lasting impact on the LGBTA community.
- Dee Curry – Long-time HIV/AIDS activist, Ryan White Planning Council Member, and Transgender rights spokesperson, currently working at Casa Ruby.
- Juan Carlos Loubriel – Director of Community Health and Wellness, currently overseeing mobile and clinic based counseling at Whitman-Walker Health.
- Amy Loudermilk – Advocate for marginalized members of the LGBTQ community, previously with the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and currently directing initiatives in suicide prevention at The Trevor Project
- Richard Rosendall – Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance member since 1979, and crusader for LGBT equality through decades of volunteerism.
- Melvin Thomas – Founding member of Stonewall Sports, a national LGBTQIA non-profit sports organization, and volunteer with the Hugh O’Brian (HOBY) youth development program.
Engendered Spirits are those individuals who have made significant contributions to the transgender community. They will also be honored at the 2016 Capital Trans Pride on May 21.
- Stacey Karpen – Clinician and researcher focused on the application of cultural humility in domestic and international settings, specifically with populations affected by HIV/AIDS and transgender children and adults.
- Hayden Mora – Founding member of Trans United, advocate for LGBTQ minorities and immigrants, and political campaign activist.
The Bill Miles Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service acknowledges exemplary contributions to the annual Capital Pride celebration. Dr. Miles was a dedicated volunteer, an active member of the DC LGBT community, and a founding member of the Capital Pride Alliance.
- Jerry Houston – Radio personality at HOT 99.5 and PRIDE RADIO and volunteer Executive Producer of Capital Pride Concert.
Larry Stansbury Award recognizes exemplary contributions to Pride in the national capital region.
- Brother Help Thyself – Non-profit organization supporting the many needs of the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore for almost 40 years.
- Braden Holtby – Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby is a vocal proponent of LGBTQ initiatives in the sport of hockey will be given the Ally Award for his efforts promote respect and equality for all people.