The 4th Annual Esteem Awards

CHICAGO – (May 1, 2010)™ announced the 23 recipients of the 2010 Esteem Awards. The Esteem Awards honors local and national organizations and individuals for their continued efforts in supporting the African-American LGBT community in the areas of entertainment, media, civil rights, business and art.

 The 2010 Esteem Award honorees will be recognized at a special cocktail reception on Thursday, July 1 at Sidetrack (3349 N.Halsted Chicago) from 6:00PM-8:00PM. “ is pleased to congratulate the extraordinary individuals and organizations to receive the 2010 Esteem Award,” said Philip Esteem of “These organizations and individuals are outstanding examples of activism, and service in their fields.” he continued.

 The 2010 Esteem Awards recipients are: 


Outstanding Service Male – Keith Green 

Outstanding Service Female – Vernita Gray

Outstanding Service Transgender – Renee McGee

Outstanding Magazine – PINK

Outstanding Social Services/CBO – Vital Bridges

Outstanding Newspaper Column – Chicago Reader for “News & Commentary – Politics”

Institutional Award – Equality IL

Promoters of the Year (Male) – Otis Mack Heavy Diva Productions

Promoters of the Year (Female) – BBlyss Productions

Special Recognition Award – Ms. Renae Ogletree

Artistic Expression, Local – Jermikko

Blog of the Year –


Outstanding Service Male – E. Patrick Johnson

Outstanding Service Female – Sharon Bridgforth (Austin)

Outstanding Service Transgender – Southern Comfort Conference (Atlanta)

Outstanding Magazine – SWERV Magazine (DC)

Outstanding Social Services/CBO – The MOCHA Center, Inc. (Buffalo/Rochester, NY)

Outstanding Newspaper – Baltimore Gay Life (Baltimore)

Institutional Award – Equality Forum (Philadelphia)

Podcast of the Year – (Baltimore/DC)

Website of the Year – (Los Angeles)

Promoters of the Year (Male) – WassUpNATL (Atlanta)

Artistic Expression – No H8 Campaign (North Hollywood)

  About is an online news resource for news for the African-American LGBT and gay friendly communities. It houses profiles of Black Gay Authors, businesses, gay themed parties, conferences, fundraisers, support groups, and other online resources. For more information about the 2010 Esteem Awards, Visit: or contact Philip Esteem by email at