As you all know, June is Pride Month, and throughout the month, there are LGBT Pride events of all shapes and sizes happening all over the country. This year, the White House Office of Civic Engagement is celebrating by running a Champions of Change competition, where you can vote to recognize individuals who are doing great work in and on behalf of the LGBT community in America.
There’s George Stewart, a veteran who volunteers at SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) in Harlem. SAGE is the nation’s first full-time advocacy center for GLBT seniors, and Stewart has been working with them for three years.
Or there’s the Redwood String Ensemble, an openly queer and queer-allied quartet at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Their video is lovely not only because you get to hear them play a beautiful piece by Barber, but because they have really interesting things to say about how the trust and acceptance required to play together has inspired them to advocate for trust and acceptance in the wider world.
There are six candidates in total, but you can only vote for one – the finalists and winners get to go to the White House in July so they’ll no longer be unsung heroes. So go cast your vote!
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