Join us for the 7TH ANNUAL PRIDEINDEX.COM™ ESTEEM AWARDS Saturday July 6 from 2:00PM – 6:00PM at Sidetrack 3349 N. Halsted. We will honor several individuals and organizations from Chicago and across the country. Performers include: Tim’ m West, Love the Poet, The-Brian Alwyn, Yolo Akili, KOKUMO,  Ken J. Martin and Sampson McCormick.  The event is free to the general public.

Following is a full list of Esteem Awards finalist:


· Outstanding Service, Male: Tim’m West, Associate Youth Director, Center on Halsted

· Outstanding Service, Female: Jane M. Saks, founding Executive Director of the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media.

· Outstanding Service, Transgender: Z Williams, Broadway United Methodist Church’s Youth Lounge

· Outstanding Service, Youth: Anthony Singleton, Center on Halsted

· Outstanding Social Services/CBO: Center on Halsted

· Institutional Award: DIFFA-Chicago

· Outstanding Magazine: Positively Aware Magazine a publication of Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN)

· Outstanding Newspaper Reporter: Laura S. Washington, The Chicago Sun-Times

· Outstanding Podcast: The Anna DeShawn Show

· Artistic Expression: Coquie Hughes

· Special Recognition Award: The Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame


· Outstanding Service, Male: (tied) Wade Davis, Activist, Hetrick-Martin Institute (New York) and Kenyon Farrow, Activist & Writer (New Orleans)

· Outstanding Service, Female: Jewelle Gomez Activist & Writer (San Francisco)

· Outstanding Service, Transgender: Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Transgender Rights Activist

· Outstanding Service, Youth: Alex Sewell (Washington, DC)

· Outstanding Social Services/CBO: GMAD (New York)

· Institutional Award: MoveOn.org

· Outstanding Magazine: Real Health: Your Guide To Black Wellness, A Smart+Strong Publication (New York)

· Outstanding Newspaper Reporter, Columnist or Feature: Lisa Keen of Keen News Service

· Outstanding Website: ElixHER.com (Washington, DC)

· Outstanding Blog: Black Gay Men’s Blog (New York)

· Outstanding Web Series: Between Women (Atlanta)

· Artistic Expression: Patrik-Ian Polk (New York)

· Special Recognition Award: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (New York)

Since 2007 PrideIndex.com Esteem Awards has honored local and national organizations and individuals for their continued efforts in supporting the African-American and LGBT communities in the areas of entertainment, media, civil rights, business and art.

PrideIndex.com is an online entertainment guide to events, bars and parties for the African-American and LGBT communities. It features profiles of activist, authors, club promoters, filmmakers, performance artist, conferences, support groups, and health & wellness resources. More information about the Esteem Awards can be found at www.TheEsteemAwards.com.