As it does each year to commemorate National Coming Out Day, the Houston GLBT Political Caucus presented its annual leadership awards. Texas State Rep. Garnet Coleman received the Eleanor Tinsley Award, given to a person who does not identify LGBT but has been an outstanding advocate for the LGBT community. Rep. Coleman represents the 147th District in the Texas House of Representatives.
The John Paul Barnich Award, for commitment to justice for the LGBT community, went to Phyllis Frye, managing partner at Frye and Cantu PLLC, who is nationally known as a trailblazer for the transgender community for her expertise in legal matters pertaining to the LGBT community.
The Caucus Leadership Award, given to a member of the LGBT community who has shown extraordinary leadership, was bestowed upon Judge Steven Kirkland, who was elected in 2008 to preside over the 215th District Court. He is the first openly gay district judge in Texas.
Houston city council member Sue Lovell received the caucus’ Lifetime of Achievement award. Lovell, a former caucus president, was elected in 2005, and also is the Mayor Pro Tem for the city of Houston.
The awards were presented October 11 at a brunch at the House of Blues. – by Nancy Ford