Lifetime Achievement Award

Russell Alldread a.k.a Michelle DuBarry

Michelle DuBarry is a drag legend in the LGBTQ+ community and a pioneer of the art form at a time when it was frowned upon, and one who had spent many decades of helping, fundraising and doing great work in the community. At 80 years old, he is still going strong.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Boyd Kodak a.k.a Jan Waterman

Boyd is a transsexual activist and is integral in the history of fighting discrimination in the work place. Before Jan transitioned to Boyd she fought and won a precedent setting that made it illegal to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people at work. Jan transitioned to Boyd in the 90s and continues to work very hard on issues relating to transsexual rights.

Special Honourary Lifetime Achievement Award

Honourable Late Jack Layton

We honour Jack Layton for his long time support of LGBTQ+ people and championing many of the community's causes since his election to Toronto City Council in 1982 and throughout his entire career. Jack was a friend of the community and it's an honour to be able to thank him for the work.

LGBTQ Person of the Year

Monica Forrester

Monica Forrester is a transgendered woman of colour born and raised in Toronto and has been a visible member of the LGBTQ+ community for 23 years. Monica brings awareness to Trans issues and is a voice advocating inclusion and acceptance. Monica works with many community organizations, has starred in numerous short films, and is continuously working to advance the rights of people in the Trans community.

LGBTQ Youth of the Year

Jacque St. Pierre

Jacques St.Pierre is a grade 12 student at Etobicoke school of the arts and is the president of the Art student council. Jacques hastaken many initiatives and stands against bullying in the LGTB community after being bullied himself. At the first annual "I Will Make It Better" assembly Jacques managed to have celebrities such as Rick Mercer and Lady Gaga to send a video saying how proud they are of what Etobicoke School of the Arts is doing for the LGBTQ+ community.

LGBTQ Positive Business of the Year

Northbound Leather

Known all over the world and is one of the most respected and longest standing businesses catering to the LGBTQ+, leather, and kink communities, Northbound Leather has donated in excess of $500,000 to causes, events, and charities.

Inspiring Community Organization of the Year

Heterosexuals for Same Sex Equality

HSSE was created by Derek Forgie, a married heterosexual male to champion the equal rights of people in the LGBTQ+ community. HSSE created a calendar in support of gay rights, has many videos on the internet speaking on the topic, and does frequent talks in high schools to students about equality.

 

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