2015 Community Pioneers Announced

The Rainbow History Project is honored to announce its 2015 Community Pioneers. These tenacious and creative individuals played vital and instrumental roles in establishing and sustaining the D.C. LGBT community. The Pioneers will be celebrated at a free and open event.

Thursday, May 14, 2015 | 6:30 PM

Thurgood Marshall Center, 1816 12th Street, NW, | Washington, DC

RSVP appreciated (events@rainbowhistory.org)


The 2015 Community Pioneers are:

  •  Jonathan Blumenthal and Eric Cohen, founders of Burgundy Crescent Volunteers
  •  Ruby Corado, transgender activist and founder of Casa Ruby
  •  Wallace Corbett, AIDS educator
  •  Kathleen DeBold, Mautner Project and Lambda Literary Awards administrator
  •  Atul Garg and Yassir Islam, founders of KhushDC
  •  Annette “Chi” Hughes, founding member of Sapphire Sapphos and AIDS educator
  •  Susan Silber, trailblazer in LGBT–friendly family law in the D.C. area
  •  Jill Strachan, leader of local LGBT arts organizations
  •  Michele Zavos, groundbreaker in LGBT-friendly family law in the D.C. area

The RHP also will recognize the work of a deceased community ally:

  •  Annie Kaylor, Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse