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San Diego Pride names recipients of Spirit of Stonewall Awards

SAN DIEGO -- Eleven individuals and groups have been named winners of the 2012 Spirit of Stonewall Awards, sponsored by San Diego Pride.

The awards will be handed out at the Spirit of Stonewall rally at 6 pm Friday, July 20, between Harvey Milk Street and University Avenue in Hillcrest.

This year’s award recipients are listed below.

Champions of Pride – State Sen. Christine Kehoe and Jerry Turner

This award is given to an individual or individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the LGBT community over an extended period of years, or who have made an exceptional contribution over the past year.

Friends of the Year – Dr. Aaron Bruce, Congresswoman Susan Davis and Tess Banko

This award is given to an individual or individuals who do not identify as LGBT, but who have stalwartly supported the LGBT community over an extended period of years or the past year.

Stonewall Service Award – Safe School Task Force and The Imperial Court de San Diego

This award is given to a group or organization, which may or may not identify as specifically LGBT, but which has greatly supported the community over an extended period of years and/or has made an exceptional contribution in the past year.

Community Service Award – Joe Foster, Joey Powers and Linda Perine

This award is given to an individual or individuals who are recognized as "up-and-coming" leaders within the community, or whose contributions to the community over the past year carried significant impact.

Lifetime Achievement Award (Posthumous) - Charles McKain