Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

Bil Browning, Superhero

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 06, 2011 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: DC Capital Pride, Pride, Pride marches, Washington DC

flame_on.jpgD.C.'s LGBT community is honoring none other than Bilerico's own Bil Browning with Capital Pride's annual Capital Pride Heroes award.

Metroweekly reports that the honorees will be lauded tomorrow for their pro-LGBT efforts at a gala at 7pm, at the Swedish Embassy in Georgetown. Sweden, by the way, is receiving Capital Pride's new Paving the Way Award, for its status as a forward-thinking country in supporting equal rights for all.

There are other heroes, of course, and even a Superhero has to share the billing sometimes. The heroes are: June Crenshaw, an African-American lesbian activist who serves as co-chair of Rainbow Response Coalition and as facilitator of a women's coming-out group at Whitman-Walker Health; Tyrone Hanley, an UDC David A. Clarke School of Law student who serves as Outlaw co-president; Dr. Theo Hodge, a gay African-American doctor who specializes in the treatment of HIV/AIDS; LGBT ally Rev. Jill McCrory, interim pastor at Open Door Metropolitan Community Church in Boyds, Md.; and Rebecca Roose, co-founder of the BurGREENdy imitative in 2008 and the BurGREENdy committee in 2010.

Look for this year's Capital Pride Heroes walking in the Parade on Saturday, June 11, wearing Capital Pride Heroes medallions. Congratulations, Bil!

Capital Trans Pride will also present the Engendered Spirit Awards at the June 7 gala (that's tomorrow night).

This year's Engendered Spirit Award honorees are: Terra Moore, Gibby Thomas, Ruby Jade Corado, Drs. Dennis and Christine Wiley, Joe Izzo and Mara Keisling, founding executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.

The 2011 Capital Pride Heroes and the 2011 Engendered Spirit Awardees gala and silent auction is Tuesday, June 7, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. Tickets are $50 in advance at capitalpride.org, or $75 at the door.

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Justus Eisfeld Justus Eisfeld | June 9, 2011 3:55 PM

Congrats to Bil! Well deserved!
I am, however, less charmed with the award for the country of Sweden - a country where trans people are still required by law to be sterilized and have undergone all kinds of surgery and hormonal treatment in order to change their paperwork. Capitol Pride did not bother to get in touch with the national LGBT organization RFSL to check whether or not giving this award to Sweden could actually be counter-productive in the country itself, or whether or not an award for Swedish 'progress' was actually justified. Maybe this is worth a follow-up story?