OutFest Award Recipients


OutProud Award

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

                     Elicia Gonzales

Elicia Gonzales has served as Executive Director for GALAEI since 2009. She is on the Leadership Council for the National Latino AIDS Action Network, a Board Member for Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania, on the Community Grantmaking Committee for Bread & Roses, is a founding member of Raices Latino Pride Philadelphia.  Prior to GALAEI, Elicia worked for Mazzoni Center, and Congreso de Latinos Unidos.  Elicia is originally from Denver, Colorado, and moved to Philadelphia in 2004 to pursue a Master’s degree in Social Work and Human Sexuality Education.

Gilbert Baker National OutProud Award

Gilbert Baker is a friend of Philly Pride and the designer of the gay pride flag. We have named our major national award in his honor


On July 9, 2013, just two weeks after the landmark Windsor case, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the national ACLU, volunteer counsel from Hangley, Aronchick, Segal, Pudin & Schiller, and the University of Pennsylvania filed a federal lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage.  It was the first case in the United States and in Pennsylvania to challenge a marriage ban after Windsor.  On May 20, 2014, the Hon. John E. Jones ruled on the lawsuit and brought marriage equality to the Commonwealth.  Whitewood et.al. vs. Wolf et. al.

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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.

                      Dawn Munro

Dawn Munro is a biologist born in the UK, who worked in London, Copenhagen, and Paris before moving to Philadelphia and working at UPenn. As a transwoman, she has been particularly active in Trans rights. She is an integral part of the Philadlephia LGBT Community and active with the Police LGBT Liaison Committee, the LGBT Elder Initiative, P-FLAG, Sisterly Love, OUT4STEM, HIV Hotline.

OutProud Friend Award

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

                  Hon. James Kenney

James Kenney has been a member of Philadelphia City Council since 1991. He has worked tirelessly on LGBT legislation which has made Philadelphia one of the most gay friendly cities in America.


Lifetime OutProud Award

This award is new this year because of exceptional circumstances.

                    Bill Wood

Bill Wood “Citizen Wood,”  has long been a fixture in the Philadelphia LGBT community, from the eponymous “Woody’s” to his current ownership of Knock. He has been donating and contributing to every organization, committee and event in the Philadelphia LGBT community since the 1980’s.  In the early 90’s he helped form the LGBT “night watch,” and create one of the self places for LGBT youth to congregate  by having “teen night” at Woody’s.  He housed Gay Bingo at Woody’s and donated the tables and chairs when it moved to the Community Center.  He has always been a supporter of Philly Pride and kept us going through the lean years.

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OutProud Youth Award

This award is given to individual youths or youth groups.

Gay-Straight Alliance, Hatboro-Horsham High School

The Gay-Straight Alliance at Hatboro-Horsham High school is a group of students, both LGBTQ and straight allies, who work to combat homophobia and anti-LGBT harassment in their school and community. Their first community activity each year is to organize a volunteer group to participate in OutFest, which they have consistently done since 2006. They are the only high school GSA group to annually give their time at the festival.  Their commitment of time and energy each Fall at OutFest is appreciated by our coordinators and the community in general.