Photo Courtesy of Juan and Gee Sessions Smalls of Love Works with Juan and Gee


April 24, 2015   


Philip Esteem esteemfeedback@hotmail.com

Chicago, April 24, 2015 – Today, PrideIndex.com™ announced the recipients of the 9th Annual Esteem Awards. This year’s cocktail reception will take place in Chicago on Saturday July 4 at Sidetrack 3349 N. Halsted from 2PM-5PM. The event is free and open to the public.

Following is a partial list of Esteem Awards finalist:


·Outstanding Service, Male: Erik Glenn, Program Manager,  Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus (CBGMC)

· Outstanding Service, Female: Mona Noriega, Chairman and Commissioner of the Chicago Human Rights Commission

· Outstanding Service, Transgender: Angelica Ross, CEO, Trans Tech Social Enterprises

· Future Leaders Award (formerly Outstanding Service Youth): Jaime Frazier, Founder and Sr. Pastor, The Lighthouse Church of Chicago

· Artistic Expression Based on Another Medium: Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP)


· Outstanding Service, Male: Darnell L. Moore ,  Co-Founder, YouBelong  (Brooklyn)

· Outstanding Service, Female: Mandy Carter, Owner Mandy Carter Consulting (Durham, NC)

· Outstanding Service, Transgender: Tiq Milan, Sr. Media Strategist of National News at GLAAD (New York)

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

· Institutional Award: Many Voices: A Black Church Movement for Gay & Transgender Justice  (Wash, DC)

· Outstanding Website: Love Works with Juan and Gee  at JuanandGee.com (Atlanta)

· Outstanding Podcast/Internet Based Video or Audio Show: Strange Fruit with Jaison Gardner and Dr. Kaila Story (Louisville)

· Outstanding Web Series: FreeFall The TV Series (Atlanta)

·  Outstanding Magazine: Gay Parent Magazine (Forest Hills, NY)

· Artistic Expression: Anthony Wayne & Kendrell Bowman, AnthonyKen LLC., “Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical”  (New York)

· Artistic Expression (Based on Another Medium): ButtaFly Soul (New York)

· Special Recognition Award: Patrisse Marie Cullors-Brignac, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi Co-Founders,  #BlackLivesMatter  (Los Angeles)

Since 2007, PrideIndex.com’s 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.