On July 5th, The Esteem Awards in Chicago recognized local and national organizations and individuals for their support of African-American and LGBT communities in the areas of entertainment, media, civil rights, business, and art. During this year’s “Celebration of Honor”, The Trevor Project was honored to receive the National Institutional Award.
The award was accepted by long-time Trevor supporter and new Chicago Ambassador Co-Chair, Patrick Kubik. “The event celebrated the incredible diversity we have within the LGBTQ and ally community,” said Patrick. “The stories and speeches from each honoree really gave insight into the hard work these individuals and groups are doing. You could feel the sense of, ‘There is so much more to do! But as a community, we can do it together.’”
Attendees included leaders and supporters of the African-American LGBT community in Chicago, as well as award honorees and special guests. Comedian Sampson McCormick performed as well as spoken-word artist and awardee Michelle E. Brown.
Our Executive Director & CEO, Abbe Land also shared a comment, saying, “Thank you to PrideIndex.com founder Phil Esteem and the Esteem Awards for your inspiring recognition. This honor really shows that Trevor is everywhere, and we hope that this visibility will inspire Chicagoans to find out more about our life-saving services. Trevor wants LGBTQ youth in Chicago – and in every U.S. city – to know that they can rely on us for support.”
The annual awards event is hosted by PrideIndex.com, an online entertainment guide for the African-American and LGBT communities that features profiles of activists, authors, filmmakers, conferences, support groups, health and wellness resources, and more.