Each year at the Grand Marshal Reception of the Utah Pride Festival, community members are recognized for their community service and political action with two awards, nominated by members of the community.
The Dr. Kristen Ries Community Service Award was established in 1987 and first awarded to Dr. Kristen Ries for her humanitarian efforts in dealing with the AIDS crisis, and forever named in her honor. This award recognizes outstanding service to the greater lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in Utah, and is given to individual(s) who are dedicated to continuing that legacy of service. Those who receive this award are role models for Utah’s LGBTQ community, and like Dr. Kristen Ries “exemplify everything that the award has stood for: compassion, leadership and courage.” The award is voted on by past recipients of the award.
The Pete Suazo Political Action Award was established in 2002 in honor of Sen. Pete Suazo’s tireless attempts to pass Hate Crimes legislation in Utah, paired with his continual efforts to remind the Utah State Legislature of the great diversity found in our state. This award is presented to an elected Utah official who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to equal rights for the LGBTQ community of Utah through legislation, policy or declaration.
Nomination is done online at the Utah Pride Festival website
The Grand Marshal Reception is planned for Friday, June 6 in the VIP area on the Utah Pride Festival grounds.