LIST OF AWARD RECIPIENTS: 7TH ANNUAL PRIDEINDEX.COM™ ESTEEM AWARDS, filmmaker Coquie Hughes, activists Jane M. Saks, Tim’m West, Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler and Smart+Strong Publication’s Real Health Your Guide To Black Wellness  among finalist.

Chicago, April 8, 2013 –™ Esteem Awards were announced for 14 of 25 finalists. The 7th annual event reception will take place in Chicago on Saturday July 6 at Sidetrack 3349 N. Halsted from 2PM-4PM.

Following is a 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 Magazine: Positively Aware a publication of Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN)

Outstanding Podcast: The Anna DeShawn Show

Artistic Expression: Filmmaker 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, Transgender: Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Transgender Rights Activist

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

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

Outstanding Website:

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