Regional Affiliate of the Year
The Regional Affiliate of the Year honor is awarded to a regional affiliate that has demonstrated commitment to the Out & Equal mission through exceptional programming and sound organizational practices. The winner of the 2011 award is:
Out & Equal Houston
As Out & Equal’s newest affiliate, Houston has proven itself to be one of its most active and robust. With strong leadership, Houston has designed and executed a plan with includes strong organizational structure and planning, diverse programming, a campaign for high visibility in the community, and a commitment to financial sustainability through multiple channels (including corporate sponsorship, individual giving, event fees, community partnerships and even branded merchandise). The year’s Highlights included their leadership and participation in a celebration of Houston’s then-newly-elected mayor, Annise Parker (and out lesbian), an executive panel event Leadership Through Equality, selection as one of seven LGBT beneficiary organizations for the first Houston Astros Pride in the Park day and ongoing monthly networking events.