Nominations Sought for 2011 Bayard Rustin Service Award


The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Commission has been developed since 1983, with its establishment as the GLBT Commission for the City of Cambridge in 2005.

The City of Cambridge GLBT Commission is seeking nominations for the First Annual Bayard Rustin Service Award, which is an honor bestowed to a person of color with an outstanding history of service to the GLBT Community. The award will be presented at the annual Cambridge Pride Celebration, a tradition which takes place in Cambridge City Hall on the morning of the Boston Pride Parade.

Bayard Rustin was an American civil rights activist in the 1960s. He counseled Martin Luther King, Jr. and was the chief organizer of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. Working tirelessly to advocate for GLBT causes in the latter part of his career, he courageously stood in defiance of the viciously negative attitudes towards GLBT community members.

Nomination Forms and Deadlines
The nomination deadline is Saturday, April 30, 2011. Nominations can be completed online.  Users can also print out the online pdf version of form and or pick up a hard copy at City Hall brochure racks and mail to: GLBT Commission, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139.   Form and questions can be directed to:

Criteria for Nomination
Nominees must be a past or present resident of Cambridge, or currently or have previously worked in Cambridge. Nominees may not be a member of the Cambridge GLBT Commission, or a family member of a commissioner. Nominees may be city employees if they are being nominated for service beyond the scope of their employment. Posthumous nominations will be accepted and considered.

About the GLBT Commission
The City of Cambridge GLBT Commission advocates for a culture of respect and monitors progress toward equality of all persons with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity. The Commission is committed to promoting and monitoring policies and practices that have a positive effect on the health, welfare, and safety of all persons who live, visit, or work in the City of Cambridge with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity. They hold monthly meetings, which are open to the public. Please visit for more information.


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