OutCentral 2013 Autumn Honors
OutCentral Cultural Center has named the recipients for its annual Autumn Honors awards.
Autumn Honors will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23. The evening’s festivities, which also mark OutCentral’s sixth anniversary, will recognize individuals and organizations who have made — and continue to make — a difference in Middle Tennessee through visual and performing arts, literature and journalism, fashion, cuisine, philanthropy, education and athletics.
In addition to food and beverages provided by local restaurants, we hope to offer a preview of “Cake or Death,” a locally written play opening Halloween night. “Cake or Death,” along with a summer run of “Southern Baptist Sissies,” represent the 2103 season from Kirk-Burgess Productions, who have named OutCentral their 2013 philanthropic beneficiary, and so will be donating a portion of the seasons’ proceeds to the center this fall.
Tickets for Autumn Honors are $20, and will go on sale in early September via the OutCentral website, www.outcentral.org, as well as at: http://exclusives.nowplayingnashville.com/websales/pages/EntryPoint.aspx?guid=3c36c799-3b47-452f-8e26-3bad0247c710&
This year’s honorees are:
Mark is locally and nationally renowned for his HIV/AIDS activism. As the Education Liaison for the Tennessee Association of People with AIDS, he has even taken his message to the White House in an effort to encourage our nation’s leaders to engage with grass-roots organizations and support efforts to educate our communities about HIV risk and prevention.
Marisa Richardson, Ph.D.
Marisa is the founder of the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition and the first transgendered person to hold office within the Tennessee Democratic Party. She has lobbied tirelessly locally and nationally for the rights the GLBT community, especially its transgender contingent, and continues to be an ongoing presence at the state Capital when the legislature is in session.
Dwayne is the founder of the Brothers United Network, and is that group’s Program Coordinator at Nashville CARES. He helped found Nashville Black Pride, and has served on the board of the International Federation of Black Prides. He is a longtime supporter of multiple other avenues of African-American GLBT outreach in Middle Tennessee.
A charter member of OutCentral, Mark served on Nashville’s Metro Human Relations Commission for two terms. He has served on the local and national board of the Human Rights Campaign, advocating for the cause of equality in Middle Tennessee area. He also has served or is serving on many community agencies’ boards and committees.
MAC has served on the board of directors for Nashville Pride for 10 years, and is also involved in Nashville Black Pride. She has helped both of these institutions grow and thrive in the face of adversity. Additionally, MAC plays a major role in Nashville’s drag king circuit.
Van is the president of the board of directors for the Belcourt Theater. He has been involved in numerous community non-profits and fundraisers over the past decade, including Artrageous, the Brooks Fund, and Nashville Cares, among many others.
Brian and Laura Rossbert
Brian and Laura, both Methodist ministers, lent their time, their connections and their moral authority to the drive that led to Nashville's nondiscrimination (CANDO) ordinance, and continue to work for inclusive policy changes within the United Methodist Church and other religious bodies.
OutCentral will also honor outgoing and former board members, Kate Nelson, Vickie Davis and Del Ray Zimmerman for their years of service, as well as recognizing our many volunteers for their ongoing and invaluable contributions.
Cost: 20.00 Individual Autumn Honors Ticket 21.49
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