OutFest Award Recipients 2015


OutProud AwardPhila. Freedom Band

This award is given yearly to an outstanding OutProud member of our community.

Phila. Freedom Band

The Phila. Freedom Band was formed in the 1980’s, was dormant for about a decade, and has revived and grew into the ensemble that performs today.  Their core group is a concert band which performs concerts twice a year.  The group’s marching band  has performed in the Philly Pride Parade for 6 years as well as other parades in the greater Philadelphia area.  The Phila. Freedom Band plays at as many events as their members’ schedules allow, playing to grow the visibility and pride through music.  They are a registered 501(c)(3) organization and belong to the National Lesbian & Gay Band Association.  They are supported, in part, by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.


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Jaci Adams OutProud Transgender Award

Jaci Adams was a long time transgender activist in Philadelphia and recipient of our first OutProud Transgender Award in 2013. We have renamed the award in her honor.

                      Deja Lynn Alvarez

Deja Alvarez is a proud Trans woman and longtime activist and advocate for the Trans Community.  She is a part of Galaei’s Trans Health Information Project and Mazzoni’s  Trans Wellness Project.  She serves on the Phila. Police Liaison Committee where she works directly with the Deputy Commissioner and other committee members to end the long history of issues between the police and the trans community.  Deja serves on the board of directors for the LGBT Elder Initiative, is chairwoman of the Phila. Trans Day of Remembrance, and Co-chair of the Phila. Trans March.  Her mission is to end discrimination and oppression and foster equality and acceptance through education and empowerment.

OutProud Friend Award

This award is given to an outstanding friend of the LGBT community

 Hon. Michael A. Nutter

Michael Nutter is the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia and has been one of the strongest supporters of the Philadlephia LGBT community:  he established the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs; he served as national co-chair of Freedom to Marry/Mayors for Marriage Equality, and he drafted a historic package of bills while a city councilman  that created the City’s Life Partnership Program for same-sex couples as well as the provision of domestic partner benefits for city employees. 

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OutProud Youth Award

This award is given to individual youths or youth groups.

McKenzie Villa

McKenzie is an 18 year old trans woman who has the heart of an old soul and who is filled with abundant energy and love.  While growing up, she found her self questioning her gender identity.  After coming to Attic Youth, she was able to figure out exactly who she was.  Today she is a Big, Bold, and Beautiful woman.  McKenzie is very involved in the community with a passion for helping other LGBTQ youth like herself get on the right path.  


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This award is given for exceptional circumstances.

Philly Pride Presents

Philly Pride Presents, Inc., is the gay pride organization for the Philadelphia area.  We are noting our 25th Anniversary for doing a National Coming Out Day.  Not only was Philadelphia the first major metropolitan area to organize a N.C.O.D. event, our N.C.O.D. Event “OutFest” has now become the largest NCOD event in the world.  All community groups participate in our event, and all gayborhood businesses do something special. It is our biggest event and has received many awards from our LGBT community.  We are thrilled to showcase the best and brightest of our community and look forward to many more years of service to the LGBT community.