Your chance to honor an unsung hero in the LGBT community

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!

Apologies for the lack of transcript, folks. If anyone can put one in comments, we’d be really grateful!

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

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