Greater Palm Springs Pride announced the recipients of its 2021 Palm Springs Pride Honors Awards on Thursday. The awards honor individuals for their work advancing the causes of LGBTQ individuals and their allies.
Six awards celebrate extraordinary voices in the community, a leather icon, an internationally recognized artist, a celebrated musician, a compassionate business owner, a chef, and someone with 40 years of service to LGBTQ organizations. The awards announcement marks the approach of Pride Week in the region under the worldwide theme of “You are Included.”
- Entrepreneur and sought-after chef Betty C. Berrysmith, is receiving the Spirit of Stonewall Volunteer of the Year. A founding member of L-Fund and board member since 2013, Betty offers her culinary skill and talent to raise funds for lesbians in need. Betty has cooked and served her award-winning gumbo for thousands at the original L-Fund gala fundraiser known as the Gumbo Gala.
- Leather culture legend Race Bannon is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award. Race has elevated awareness of the leather community’s contributions toward LGBTQ liberation for nearly 50 years. As a writer and activist, he has ensured the broader progressive community discourse includes leather, kink, and BDSM.
- An accomplished artist, a feminist, and a groundbreaker, Nancy Worthington is receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award. For 45 years, Nancy’s art has been a social commentary of life. She has covered many different topics, including police brutality, the environment, feminism, human rights, and scathing politics. Her unique visual language has brought her international attention, and her work is in permanent collections around the world.
- The 2021 Friend of Pride is Keisha D, a champion for the LGBTQ community, humanitarian, singer-activist, and advocate for performing arts in education. For decades, Keisha has given her time to perform at charity events, community galas, and fundraising events, all in the name of love and passion for helping others. When not on stage, Keisha mentors high school students and directly supports underserved minority students who want to pursue an education in music and the arts.
- Motivated by gay trailblazers to stand up and not be afraid of telling his own story, Jim Hollenbeck is the Spirit of Pride Award recipient. Jim’s first Pride experience in San Francisco, when he was 22 years old, opened the door to his four decades of providing public relations and communications services to many LGBTQ groups and nonprofit organizations. Jim has attended and supported events and fundraisers across the country that advance equality and celebrate the strength of the LGBTQ community.
- The Spirit of Stonewall Community Service Award recipient is a faithful, socially minded business owner, Cliff Young. Driven by compassion and kindness, Cliff supports urban revitalization projects, mentoring, and work training programs for at-risk youth. Additionally, through his coffee company, he established the Warming Souls program, where he offers laundry services to local homeless and provides them with new socks and personal hygiene kits. Since 2017, in Desert Hot Springs, Cliff has washed an average of fifteen weekly loads of laundry for people experiencing homelessness.
“Learning of the honorees and of the many ways they give back is inspiring,” said Ron deHarte, president of Palm Springs Pride. “They each have lived their life helping others, and our community is better because of their leadership.”
About Greater Palm Springs Pride
Greater Palm Springs Pride is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community enhancement organization founded to promote the public education and awareness of individual rights and civil liberties of the LGBTQ community and to promote its history, diversity, and future prosperity. Palm Springs Pride has been a tireless advocate for equality and diversity since the first Coachella Valley Pride event in 1986. The organization brings together a diverse community’s skills, talents, and vision through programs that include the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, Pride Honors Awards, OUT PSP, a food and drink event, the Pride Parade, Pride Festival, Community Leadership Council, and the downtown Arenas Rd. Block Party.
Palm Springs Pride Week is scheduled for November 1-7. For more information about Greater Palm Springs Pride, visit www.pspride.org. You can follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/palmsprings.pride.