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Troy Perry Awards Program at the Parliament for the World’s Religions
Sunday, October 17, 2021, 09:00am


The Charter Celebrates LGBTQ History Month with

Troy Perry Awards Program at the Parliament for the World’s Religions

In recognition of LGBTQ History Month, the Charter for Compassion introduces an annual awards program honoring LGBTQIA+ young people, community leaders and organizations making an impact through compassionate social & spiritual activism.

The program makes its debut at the 2021 Parliament for the World’s Religions online event, October 16-18, with the program’s namesake Rev. Troy. D Perry, joining live from Los Angeles with the announcement of three 2021 Honorees.

On November 20, the Troy Perry Awards will become a permanent annual program of the Charter for Compassion’s LGBTQ+ Initiative, produced in association with Los Angeles-based Charter Partner Rainbow Advocacy.

Launched in 2017 by Rainbow Advocacy, the awards were created in recognition of one of the most significant and historical figures in the global LGBTQ comunity:  Rev. Troy D. Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Church denomination, international human rights activist and pioneer in social equality, legal protection and spiritual justice for LGBTQ+ people.

Past recipients include Jamaican activist Angeline Jackson (2017), Chinese activist Wei Tingting (2018), Indian activist Anwesh Sahoo (2018), Los Angeles-based Jalen Bell-Syftestad (2018), and San Francisco-based Odessa Shlain Goldberg (2019).

The month of October, LGBTQ History Month, is designated to recognize individuals who have had an impact in the struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights throughout history, as well as members of the LGBTQ community who have made great contributions towards humanity in general. 

In 1994, Rodney Wilson, a teacher at a Missouri high school, believed that a month should be devoted to the learning and celebration of LGBT history and chose October to coincide with National Coming Out Day on October 11th and in recognition of the first two marches on Washington for lesbian and gay rights in  October of 1979 and 1987. 

Rev. Troy Perry was a leader in the earliest 1960’s marches in Los Angeles, as well as the 1970’s March on Washington, and co-created the first Pride Parade in 1970, now LA PRIDE, one year after the historic Stonewall uprising in New York City.

Please join us at the Parliament of the World's Religions in the Charter for Compassion lounge at 9am Pacific / 11 am Central for the Troy Perry awards program.
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