Barbara Klimaszewski (Saginaw) receives the Lifetime Achievement Pride Award. She is a Saginaw criminal and civil rights attorney and has been active in the LGBT community for over 35 years. Throughout her career, Barb has fought for equality and civil rights for all people. When members of the LGBT community had no one to stand up for them, Klimaszewski provided representation. In 1976 she began the Underground Railroad, a place where battered women and their children could escape. Its formation marked the first free standing, emergency women’s shelter in Michigan. Barb is a long-time member of the ACLU, the Criminal Defense Association of Michigan and serves as an adviser to the Perceptions board. We honor Barb this award with all-embraced gratitude.
The 2012 Class of Sacred Heart Academy (Mt. Pleasant) will receive a Pride Award. The school asked Dominic Sheahan-Stahl, 1998 graduate and actor, to speak at graduation. Dominic’s brother, Willi, was graduating. When the school learned that Dominic was gay and planned to marry his partner in New York, Saginaw’s Bishop Cistone rescinded the invitation. The students launched a national campaign Let Dominic Speak and organized an inclusive graduation called Live Through Love at CMU where Dominic delivered his speech to the graduating class and about 800 community members. Live Through Love sparked a national discussion about young Christians standing up for the values they believe. The Bishop’s actions sent a message that gay/lesbian people are not worthy of dignity. The students had the courage to stand up for what they believe to be right.
Kyle Bostwick (Saginaw) receives the 2012 Political Pride Award. During high school Kyle joined the Saginaw County Democratic Party and has been an active member since. He has worked and managed local and state campaigns and currently serves as treasurer for the Saginaw County Democratic Party, treasurer of the Saginaw Area Democratic Club and as the Legislative Aide for State Rep. Charlie Brunner, 96th District (Bay County). As a political professional in Lansing and locally, Kyle will continue to work on the civil rights for all people. Kyle is a great role model to young individuals who aspire to a career in politics.
Tana Michaels (Saginaw) receives a Pride Award for her contributions in music and journalism. Tana, a singer/guitar player and journalist, has donated her time and talent to many LGBT causes including 2007 Respect Fest, 2011 & 2012 Tri-City Pride Festivals, Perceptions & PFLAG Wine Tasting event and others. She is the former editor of the Perceptions Newsletter and a regular writer for Between The Lines, Michigan’s LGBT newspaper
The Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe (Midland, Saginaw and soon Bay City) and owner Carrie J. Fisher are honored with a Business Pride Award for: donating desserts for Perceptions, PFLAG, and Dow’s GLAD (Gays Lesbians and Allies at Dow) functions; sponsoring the 2011 Nat’l Coming Out Day concert featuring Eric Himan at Pit & Balcony and her involvement with the Chocolate Party, Perceptions Friday dinners, especially Dow’s GLAD events. Her Facebook fan-page features: pro-equality pro-motion at Midland’s The Laramie Project; her business’ participation with the Tri-City Pride Festival; photos of local commitment ceremonies and same-sex wedding cake toppers. Friendly Carrie gladly donates and volunteers when asked. Thank you!
The Court St. Grill (formerly Café) and owner Eric Phillips (Saginaw) receive a Business Pride award for endless support: offered his restaurant for Tri-City LGBT Pride festival planning meetings; attended meetings, shared suggestions, donated spaghetti dinners and booth food ($200). His staff, mother & father assisted with the booth – Mom’s sign idea: Eat Under the Rainbow. Eric donated ALL food booth 2012 profits for the Pride 2013 – more than $600! Thank you, The Court St. Grill and Eric.