PALM SPRINGS — As the city of Palm Springs turns 80 years old and during the worldwide Pride Month in June, Palm Springs Pride announced it is recognizing the contributions and achievements of 80 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender leaders and allies as OUTstanding Voices from Palm Springs.

Leaders Recognized During Pride MonthThe list of 80 influential individuals features those who exemplify the spirit of equality and opportunity for all. Along with the full Palm Springs City Council the 2018 list includes the likes of Gail Christian and Lucy Debardelaben, Katherine Forrest, Christine Hammond, Alexis Ortega, Arlene Rosenthal, Dr. Ronni Sanlo, Ron Oden, John Williams, Rev. Kevin A. Johnson, Carol and Mike Balasa, and Barbara and Jerry Keller. The complete list of honorees is HERE.

The purpose of the month is to recognize the impact that LGBT individuals and community allies have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. The LGBT community is not taught its history at home, in public schools or in religious institutions. “OUTstanding Voices from Palm Springs is a platform to preserve and celebrate our history, and our community, business, and civic leaders who exemplify the qualities of courage, leadership and perseverance,” Ron deHarte, president of Palm Springs Pride, said in a prepared statement. “Honorees are visibly out or vocal allies that influence, impact and advance LGBT equality.”

Honorees include contributors and leaders in the cause for equal rights, youth allies, proud politicians, and civic insiders. Individuals were selected by a panel of nonprofit organization leaders. Organizers recognize there are many individuals living and deceased who have made significant contributions to the equality and social justice movements and the 2018 list of OUTstanding Voices is only a small representation of those who are deserving and worthy of recognition. Nominations came from the event vice chairs Barbara Carpenter, Ginny Foat, Mike Thompson, David Powell and Palm Springs Pride.

The OUTstanding Voices from Palm Springs reception is scheduled for June 14, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Palm Springs. Tickets available here.