Our nation’s capital, Washington D.C., hosted the “I AM” Awards on April 22nd at the Grand Hyatt . Award recipients are Black LGBTQ individuals and allies who have made significant contributions to improving the quality of life of minority LGBTQ communities, as well as those who have demonstrated commitment to social change. A new conversation about same-gender loving (SGL) has begun.).
There was no doubt that this was a top-tier event and one that was worth attending. In every aspect of the event, from the music to the food to the ambience, excellence was evident.
Antonio Driver, the organization’s founder, explained that his organization’s mission is to educate, support, and connect the LGBTQ+community of color through social media engagement, mentorship, personal empowerment, and health awareness.
SpeakOut has changed the lives of many people for the better. This was evident in the contagious and positive energy present at the “I Am” awards ceremony
Among the crowd were pioneers and individuals who were seeking change and were willing to act on it.
The “I AM” Awards were hosted by “P-Valley” Star, Nicco Annan and “POSE” on FX star, Jack Mizrahi.
PARTICIPATING TALENT & HONOREES:
★ Antonio Driver – Founder and Executive Director for SpeakOut, Inc
★ Patrik-Ian Polk – Director/Writer
★ Darryl Stephens, Cast of Noah’s Arc
★ Christopher Vincent, Cast of Noah’s Arc
★ Jensen Atwood, Cast of Noah’s Arc
★ Rodney Chester, Cast of Noah’s Arc
★ Obio Jones, Social Media Influencer
★ Philaye, Social Media Influencer
★ Jack Mizrahi, Actor and Producer
★ Cam Anthony, The Voice Winner |Season 21
★ Terrell Carter, Actor and Singer
★ Nicco Annan, Actor P-Valley
★ Emery Lavell, Actor
★ Shi-Queeta Lee, Celebrity Impersonator
★ Dominique Morgan, Author, Activist and Musician
★ George M Johnson, New York Times Best Selling author
★ Twiggy Garcon, Producer, Creator
★ Greg Mathis Jr. and Elliott Cooper, Mathis Family Matters
★ Monroe Alise, Trans Activist and Actress
★ Hope Giselle, Advocate and Social Media Influencer
★ Bishop O.C. Allen, Presiding Bishop (Vision Cathedral of Atlanta)
★ Darwin Thompson, Gilead Sciences
★ Rashad Burgess, Gilead Sciences
★ PJ Moton-Poole, ViiV Healthcare
Speak Out USA is a nonprofit community engagement organization representing more than 6,000 same-gender-loving (SGL) men and women of color. Since 2017, Speak Out has served as a safe space for creating meaningful connections across the LGBTQ+ community.
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Levar Kemp is the Editor-In-Chief of Snubb3d Magazine. He is a alum of Howard University in Washington D.C. Mr. Kemp is a producer, director and has a passion for the arts. His diverse background in the industry includes but not limited to: BET, VIACOM, VH1, and other well known publications.