Bil Browning

Honoring Rep Carson and Joe Miller

Filed By Bil Browning | September 23, 2009 9:30 AM | comments

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Indiana Stonewall Democrats will honor Congressman Andre Carson and local businessman and philanthropist Joe Miller for their work on LGBT issues on October 11. The Frank O'Bannon award will be presented to Congressman Andre Carson for legislative leadership on LGBT issues. National_Stonewall_Democrats-logo-C76095FADD-seeklogo_com.gifJoseph Miller will be recognized for community leadership with the Chuck Avery award.

I'm happy to be a co-sponsor of the event along with quite a few other local LGBT leaders and gay-friendly politicians including State Senator Jean Breaux, City-County Councilors Angela Mansfield and Joanne Sanders, former Secretary of State Joe Hogsett, and Indianapolis mayoral candidate Melina Kennedy.

Since I'll be in Washington DC for the National Equality March, local blogger and radio host Abdul Hakim-Shabazz will be covering the event for Bilerico-Indiana. As his show of support, he's going "Gay for the Day" and will be asking guests the questions he'd want answered if he were gay. It should be a fascinating post as Abdul brings his own flavor to B-IN.

Can't go to the March? You should go to this event and talk with the Congressman about our issues directly! It's win-win! Complete info about the event and how to attend after the jump.

You are cordially invited to join Indiana Stonewall Democrats for an afternoon reception honoring GLBT legislative and community leadership at the home of Jackie Nytes and Michael O'Brien - 3444 N. Washington Blvd in Indianapolis.

October 11th from 1-3 pm

The Frank O'Bannon award will be presented to Congressman Andre Carson for legislative leadership on LGBT issues.

Joseph Miller will be recognized for LGBT community leadership with the Chuck Avery award.

Special co-hosts for this reception are:

Representative Jeb Bardon, Representative John Barnes, John Barth, Honorable Greg Bowes, Senator Jean Breaux, Bil Browning, Betty Cockrum, Terry Curry, Honorable Kathy Davis, Sheriff Rogelio "Roy" Dominguez, Senator Sue Errington, Honorable Jose Evans, Pam Hickman, Honorable Joe Hogsett, Christopher Jackson, Honorable Debra Jenkins, Randy Juergenson, Melina Kennedy, Wayne Kruescher, David Livinghouse, Vanessa Villegas Lopez, Honorable Angela Mansfield, the Morris-Ward family, Honorable Jackie Nytes and Michael O'Brien, Honorable David Orentlicher, Vop Osili, the Palmer-Fernandez Family, Linda Perdue, Honorable Joanne Sanders, Representative Mary Ann Sullivan, Mark St. John, Senator Greg Taylor, Kip Tew, Marion Co. Recorder Julie Voorhies, Brett Voorhies, Marion Co. Clerk Beth White, Brian Williams, IDAAC Pres. Marshawn Wolley

Requested donation for non-ISD member is $50.00*.
(Each $50.00 donation will receive a membership to Indiana Stonewall Democrats.)

Requested donation for ISD member is $25.00*.

Cocktails and appetizers by Keith Little will be provided.

RSVP Online by e-mailing Lori Morris or calling 317-679-9412

Make checks payable to the Indiana Stonewall Democrats. You may bring your check to the event, or if you'd like to donate by mail, the address is: Indiana Stonewall Democrats PO Box 441445 Indianapolis, IN 46244-1445

*Donations to this political action committee are not tax-deductible.

The Nytes-O'Brien home is also referred to as the Wilkinson home and was built in 1919. There is parking and drop off conveniently located behind the residence.


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Why did Indiana Stonewall Dems schedule this during the march? Doesn't seem particularly effective, either for the march or for the honoring ceremony.

The event had been scheduled and coordinated with the award recipients before the March was confirmed. By the time everything with the March fell into place, Stonewall Dems were already set with a date that needed to be kept.

It's not the only case like this. A lot of LGBT veterans will be having their annual convention in Las Vegas at the same time too.