Monday, October 12, 2009

Stonewall Democrats Hold Awards Ceremony/Fundraiser To Recognize Carson, Miller

The Indiana Stonewall Democrats held a wonderful awards ceremony and fundraiser yesterday at the home of Councillor Jackie Nytes and Mike O'Brien. While the Stonewall Democrats represent and advocate for the interests of the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and trangender (GLBT) community, the event drew a broad cross section of rank-and-file Democrats, elected officials, ISD members, candidates, and even a few Republicans.

The highlight of the afternoon was the presentation of the ISD Chuck Avery Award for leadership on GLBT issues to Joe Miller and the Frank O'Bannon Award for a public official showing great advocacy on GLBT issues to Congressman André Carson. President of the ISD, Douglas Meagher, also made a presentation to Councillor Nytes and O'Brien for their long support of the ISD and for hosting the event.

There were so many elected officials and candidates running for an office at the event that I could not possibly name them all without forgetting a few. If you use your imagination and think of someone, they were probably there. The sponsor list of over 30 read like a who's who in Indiana Democratic politics. In short, it was a power event, and it's a tribute to the ISD that it was able to assemble such a diverse group of candidates, elected officials, and just regular folks.

Councillor Nytes' home was also a big star. What an amazing home that Nytes and O'Brien have refurbished. Councillor Nytes said the home, built in 1919, was used as an office building for many years and was last a private home a little over 50 years ago. She said that restoring the home has been a labor of love for the couple.

All-in-all, it was a great way for this ISD member to spend a Sunday afternoon, and the ISD could not have picked two better award receipients.

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