Community All-Star Award
Awarded by the Washington, DC Stonewall Club for covering and pushing colleagues to cover a tragic beating of a gay man, whose face was crushed while he was on the phone with his partner crying for help on a street in DC. Following the coverage, I was asked to volunteer my expertise in how the press works to help get the word out about a silent march to take back the safety of the streets and against hate crimes. Through engaging with the Mayor of Washington DC and other political and business leaders as well as public figures and by targeting and pitching strategic news organizations and reporters with whom I had relationships, not only was the event covered, but it was previewed days in advance, leading to thousands of people marching through DC with the police commissioner, mayor, and survivors of hate crimes leading a crowd of straight, gay, bisexual, transgender, white, black, brown, green, young, old, able-bodied and challenged people, united throughout the streets of DC in defiance of acts of violence. And, they were followed by a media crush of cameras and reporters.