12th Annual LGBTQ Community Awards

Now accepting Nominations for the 12th annual LGBTQ Community Awards!!!

In its twelfth year, the LGBTQ Community Awards are held as part of Tacoma’s Pride Week. They honor individuals and organizations whose efforts have had a positive effect on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied community of Pierce County. This year’s event will be on Friday, July 13th and hosted in the lobby of Rialto Theater in downtown Tacoma, beginning at 4:30pm. This gathering is the night before the festival’s main event, Tacoma Pride, and is free and open to the public.

The categories of the LGBTQ Community Awards are as follows:

Sapphire Award

Given to a youth organizer for service to the LGBTQ youth community of Pierce County. This award is open to youth ages 14-23.

Pearl Award

Given to an individual who identifies as part of the LGBTQ community for service to the LGBTQ community of Pierce County, particularly service rendered in the past year.

Ruby Award

Given to an individual who is not part of the LGBTQ population, or an organization that’s focus is not primarily LGBTQ, but whose actions have directly benefited said community. This may be awarded for service in the past year, or for service rendered over an extended period of time.

Emerald Award

Given to an organization for service to the LGBTQA community of Pierce County, particularly service rendered in the past year.

Diamond Hall of Fame Award

Given to an individual for consistent and exemplary service to the LGBTQ community of Pierce County. This award is given for service rendered over a considerable length of time.

Please contact Ryan Mello with any questions or requests for support.

Ryan Mello, Councilmember
747 Market Street, Suite 1200
Tacoma, WA 98402
253-591-5470
Ryan.Mello@CityofTacoma.org

Sponsored by City of Tacoma and the Rainbow Center

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Past Award Recipients
2008 – Present

Sapphire Youth Award

  • Serenity Wise (2008)
  • Kayley Rae (2009)
  • Beau Backman (2010)
  • Ashley Sulzer (2011)
  • Marcus Crowell (2012)
  • Serena Norton (2013)
  • Michelle Barroga (2014)
  • LaVarr Singleton (2015)
  • Kaleb Rowley (2016)
  • Theo Calhoun (2017)

Pearl Individual Award

  • Willie Painter (2008)
  • Lorenzo Cervantes (2009)
  • Laurie Jinkins (2010)
  • Frank Leonzal (2014)
  • Seth Kirby (2015)
  • Victoree Jamiel Stevens (2016)
  • Sam Harris (2017)

Emerald Organization Award

  • Rainbow Center (2008)
  • Gender Alliance of the South Sound (2009)
  • Tacoma Community College (2010)
  • Broadway Center for the Performing Arts (2013)
  • The Mix (2014)
  • YWCA of Tacoma-Pierce County (2015)
  • Immanuel Presbyterian Church (2016)
  • Imperial Sovereign Court of Tacoma (2017)

Ruby Ally Award

  • Teri Wood (2008)
  • Colleen Waterhouse (2009)
  • Eva Johnson (2010)
  • Tanya Becker (2011)
  • Unknown (2012)
  • Jessica Gavre (2013)
  • Patricia Kerth (2014)
  • Lisa Keating (2016)
  • Mayor Marilyn Strickland (2017)

Diamond Hall of Fame

  • John McCluskey (2008)
  • Gloria Stancich (2009)
  • Jim Gaylord (2010)
  • Cheryl Cristello (2011)
  • Duane Wilkerson (2012)
  • Melvin Woodworth (2013)
  • Craig Larson (2014)
  • Marcie Osborn (2015)
  • Lori Bundrock (2016)
  • Kim Burkes (2017)