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2013 Honoree Biographies


2013 Honoree Biographies.

Ed Bailey

A native Washingtonian, Ed Bailey has been a pillar of support in the LGBT community for over 20 years.  In addition to being a nationally acclaimed DJ, he has been the owner or operator of nine prominent nightclubs and bars in D.C. throughout his career that have helped change the landscape of nightlife for LGBT citizens in the greater Washington metropolitan area.  From Tracks to Nation to Town and Number Nine, Ed’s highly visible gay businesses have proven to be tremendous sources of charity as well as social outlets for thousands of LGBT people.

 

Ed is often the unsung hero behind the scenes.  He does not crave the limelight and only begrudgingly accepts that – in order to achieve greater success on behalf of others – the spotlight is, at times, necessary.  He has assisted countless organizations to raise awareness and funds that are needed for the important work they do.  Ed, along with business partners John Guggenmos and James Boyle, have made vibrant, dynamic, and generous charitable giving a cornerstone of their businesses – and their efforts are quite possibly unparalleled among local gay-owned businesses over the last 24 years.  Additionally, Ed  worked as the head basketball coach for Woodrow Wilson Public High School where he was honored with the Coach of the Year award for successfully turning around a troubled basketball program, and his tireless work to make sure all 67 students graduated.  He has donated his time at countless educational and community programs and is enthusiastic about including the Crystal Meth Working Group of Washington in that work.  “I have been so fortunate to be in a position that can do some good . . . and if you can’t help people, then what’s the point?,” he said.

 

Barbara Lewis

Over the course of four decades, Barbara Lewis has opened doors to those seeking culturally competent healthcare, particularly to lesbians, people living with HIV/AIDS, and the transgender community.

 

Her leadership dates back to 1972, when she went to work managing the Washington Free Clinic. Inspired by “Our Bodies Ourselves,” she began a women’s health night that sought to empower women to take charge of their health.  That model influenced a group of gay men to start their own Saturday morning clinic, which eventually became the foundation for the new Whitman-Walker Clinic.

 

In 1979, Barbara co-founded a lesbian health night that offered well-woman gynecological care at the new Whitman-Walker Clinic, and the concept of a lesbian health agenda in D.C. was born.  The Clinic implemented a full lesbian services program in 1990.

 

Barbara earned her physician assistant (PA) degree from Howard University in 1977, and worked in its emergency room for 12 years.  In that post, she was on the front lines as the early AIDS epidemic took hold.  Moved by what she saw, she left Howard in 1989 to work at The George Washington University AIDS Clinical Trials Unit, when AZT was the only drug available for treatment.  Over the course of the next decade, she worked to get many new drugs approved for treatment, and provide access to these new treatments.

 

All the while, Barbara continued to volunteer at Whitman-Walker, both in lesbian health and HIV care.  In 2000, she became a full-time PA caring for people with HIV/AIDS.  Today, as the Whitman-Walker Health Center has evolved into a primary care center specializing in LGBT health, Barbara is also a primary provider for transgender individuals seeking hormones to transition, and for anyone seeking general primary care.

 

An active member of the lesbian community since 1972, she played softball on the Lammas Team, and now golf with Lambda Links.  In 1975, she played drums in the first D.C. lesbian rock and roll band, Hysteria, and marched in the first Gay Pride parade with DC’s Different Drummers.  She loves country western dancing, and her Jewish lesbian support group of 33 years!

 

 

Darren Phelps

Darren Phelps is Senior and founding Pastor of Bethel Christian Church D.C.  Bethel, located in southeast D.C., is the first church in Washington that is led by an openly gay and African American pastor and that also owns its own building.  In addition, he serves as the Executive Director of Pride at Work, organizing with the LGBTQ and labor movements for economic justice and equality.  In this role, Darren is one of a very small number of African American Executive Directors of national LGBT organizations.

 

Darren believes that the reach of an “inclusive church” extends not only to members of the LGBT community, but must also embrace racial, economic, and gender justice.  Since he founded Bethel in 2008, the church has participated in many local events including Capital Pride, organizing community HIV testing days at the new church building in southeast D.C., and an LGBT- and trans-inclusive women’s conference.  Bethel has also launched an inclusive HIV/AIDS support ministry, led by openly HIV-positive church members.  Darren preached at the funeral of murdered transgender woman Deoni Jones.  He has also served on the Host Committees for Capital Pride and Black Pride – DC, organizing LGBT-inclusive interfaith services, and focusing on broader inclusion of communities of color.  He has spoken out at Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigils and organized for One Nation Working Together.   Darren is also on the People of Color committee for the “Practice Spirit/Do Justice” Creating Change conference, which is being organized by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force.

 

Jamie Raskin

Jamie Raskin is a Professor of Constitutional Law at American University’s Washington College of Law and a Maryland State Senator, representing Silver Spring and Takoma Park.  As the Chair of the Montgomery County Senate Delegation and Majority Whip of the Senate, he led the successful floor fight in the Senate for marriage equality for two years running and fought hard to defend it at the polls.  A passionate champion for civil liberties and civil rights, he has gone out of his way to lead – not just to follow or go along – on LGBT issues, educating himself, his colleagues and his constituents.  Senator Raskin is known as the “Conscience of the Senate,” revered by Republicans as well as Democrats, and led the floor debate for marriage equality in 2012 with an IV for chemotherapy dangling from his chest.  He has also been a tenacious leader for the gender identity bill in Annapolis for years.

 

As a law professor Raskin came to national attention in 2006, the year of his first campaign, when he testified before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and was confronted by  Senator Nancy Jacobs, who said, “Professor, you keep talking about due process and equal protection. What about the Bible?”  Raskin responded: “Senator, with all due respect, when you took your oath of office, you put your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You didn’t put your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the bible.”  He and Senator Jacobs now serve together on that Committee.

 

Raskin founded the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, which has sent more than a thousand law students at 20 different law schools into public high schools across the country to teach a course in “constitutional literacy.”

 

Raskin was born in Washington, DC, in 1962, and graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in 1983 in Government, magna cum laude.  He received his J.D in 1987 from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, where he was Editor of the Harvard Law Review.  He is married to Sarah Bloom Raskin, a governor of the Federal Reserve Board, and he and his wife have three children.

 

Margot Rosen

Margot Rosen is the Director of Membership Outreach at the Human Rights Campaign.  She leads the organization’s grassroots membership recruitment strategies, ensuring that those efforts diversify membership and successfully engage individuals nationwide in fundraising and advocacy for LGBT equality.  Margot manages HRC’s 100 annual community event fundraisers in 30 cities nationwide, and HRC’s large-scale participation at Pride festivals.  Under her leadership, HRC’s Pride program has tripled and currently has a presence at nearly 200 events, an effort that engages more than 20,000 members and 50,000 supporters each year.

In 2010, Margot created the HRC signature program Her HRC to recruit and engage women as LGBT activists, members, and donors.  In 2011, she launched Athletes for Equality, a peer-to-peer fundraising program that allows athletes to participate in events on behalf of HRC, while raising funds from friends and family.  Perhaps her most personally rewarding experience was leading HRC’s inaugural Road to Equality Bus Tour.  The tour drove awareness and visibility through the American heartland and the South, in areas of the country where it can be most difficult to live as an out LGBT American and where resources are needed most.

 

Prior to joining HRC in 2005, Margot served as the Development Director at Crisislink, a crisis and suicide prevention hotline.  Margot holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Binghamton University and resides in Washington, D.C.

 

Engendered Spirits

Consuella Lopez

Consuella Lopez is a Transgender woman who was born in Nicaragua and has lived in Washington D.C. since 1983.  She transitioned in 1992.  She graduated in 2002 from Aesthetics Institute of Cosmetology and the following year worked with Sabre Mochachino during New York Fashion Week.  She served as an assistant at E & F Beauty Salon for eight years and now owns her own studio in Bethesda, Maryland.  Consuella has been featured in publications such as Allure, Seventeen, The Georgetowner, Capitol File, and DC Modern Luxury, and on a number of networks, including WUSA-Channel 9, Telemundo, Univision, MTV and Bravo for both her hairstyling and her activism.

 

Ms. Lopez was selected as the campaign representative for the D.C. Office of Human Rights Transgender and Gender Identity Respect campaign, and has also been a activist and spokesperson for Transgender rights for many years.  Ms. Lopez was instrumental in helping Ruby Corado open the area’s first Latino LGBT Center, Casa Ruby.  She also hosts a weekly radio show, “insighT,” dealing with Transgender issues.  Ms. Lopez is currently sponsoring a young Transgender woman as an apprentice in her studio.

 

She had the good fortune to assist famed stylist Ted Gibson on the show, What Not To Wear. In addition she has assisted with styling for Mila Kunis.  Ms. Lopez has established an impressive list of celebrity clientele including Anna Wintour, Patricia Arquette, Tracey Edmonds, and Ruben Toledo.  She has styled hair for a number of  local fashion shows, and in 2010 she participated in Leila Rose and Carmen Marc Valvo’s runway shows for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in NYC.

 

 

Hassan Naveed

Hassan Naveed is a native of Southern California and has lived in Washington, D.C. since 2010. He currently serves as the Co-Chair for Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV), a local community organization. GLOV works to reduce violence against LGBT individuals through community outreach, education and advocacy.  Hassan has organized community responses to hate crimes against member of the LGBT community in the District for the past three years.  He also sits on the United States Attorney Office’s D.C. Bias Crime Task Force and the Metropolitan Police Department’s Critical Incident Team, which are the first responders to bias crimes in the city.  Hassan currently works for a public relations firm and is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

 

THE BILL MILES AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER SERVICE

Jennifer Hall

Jennifer’s time with Capital Pride started in as a festival volunteer.  She began working with the entertainment team in 2008, and served as the co-chair of the Entertainment Committee in 2009, 2010, and 2011.  She was also the co-Chair of the Festival in 2011.  She returned again in 2012 and 2013.

A resident of Maryland since 1997, Jennifer works as a training and operations manager for a local franchising company. Along with all of her work with Capital Pride, Jennifer also serves as a member of the Bout Production team for DC Rollergirls, a local women’s professional roller derby league.  Jennifer will be the first to admit that Capital Pride has been like a second family to her which is one of the reasons that she continues to volunteer.

Her hard work, dedication, knowledge, and experience have been invaluable assets and her involvement has been integral to the success of Capital Pride over the past five years.  Her fellow chairs, the Capital Pride staff, and our Board members look to Jennifer for support and guidance.  In many respects Jennifer is the ideal recipient of this first Bill Miles Award because Bill was a mentor to Jennifer.  Indeed, she joined us because of an initial welcoming email that she received from Bill in December 2008.

 

The Bill Miles Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service acknowledges exemplary contributions to the annual Capital Pride celebration.  Bill Miles, Ed.D. was a dedicated volunteer and contributor to Capital Pride, as well as an active member of the DC GLBT community.  He was a founding member of the Capital Pride Alliance.

 

THE LARRY STANSBURY AWARD FOR EXEMPLARY CONTRIBUTIONS TO PRIDE

Dignity/Washington

Dignity/Washington, a community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Catholics and other Christians, their families, and friends was started in 1972 by six individuals in a cafeteria at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at Catholic University.  The organization has a long and rich history of serving the LGBTA Catholic community as well as the larger LGBTA community of the National Capital Region and has helped nurture the development of many local organizations.  For example, Dignity/Washington started the P Street beach volleyball games in the late 1970s, which, in turn, helped create the DC Sports Association.  In the early 1980s, Dignity/Washington supported “So Others May Eat,” a feeding program for the homeless, and helped support two gay prisoners who were released from Cuba.  In the late 1980s and early 1990s Dignity contributed to those touched by the AIDS epidemic through various charitable acts.  In the last few years, Dignity/Washington has provided support to marriage equality in Washington, D.C. and Maryland.  Dignity/Washington has participated in every LGBT March on Washington.

Dignity/Washington was one of the earliest organizations to take part in the local Pride celebrations and has been a Capital Pride participant for over three decades.  Dignity/Washington became a Capital Pride Community Partner in 2007, even before the Capital Pride Alliance came into existence.  In 2008, Dignity/Washington was one of the organizations that supported the decision to award the Capital Pride Alliance the right to produce the celebration.  Dignity/Washington donated free space at the Dignity Center to the Capital Pride Alliance in the first few years after the Alliance came into existence.  In addition, Dignity/Washington has provided space for meetings and events to many organizations over the years, including “Brother Help Thyself,” which was an organization led by Larry Stansbury for many years as Executive Director.

In its 40-year history, Dignity/Washington has actively supported the causes of the DC LGBTA community through its various organizations and exceptional charitable work.  It has done so with little recognition or fanfare.

The Larry Stansbury Award for Exemplary Contributions to Pride acknowledges outstanding efforts related to the annual Capital Pride celebration or Pride movement.  Larry Stansbury was a longtime activist in the DC gay community, serving as a health educator, club manager, member of the leather community and gay motorcycle club groups, and executive director of Brother, Help Thyself. 

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