Greater Palm Springs Pride Announces 2021 Award Winners
Greater Palm Springs Pride on Thursday announced six recipients to receive its Palm Springs Pride Honors Awards for their work on behalf of LGBTQ people and their allies.
Entrepreneur and chef Betty C. Berrysmith to receive Spirit of Stonewall Volunteer of the Year award; Keisha D, singer and local activist, to receive Friend of Pride award; business owner Cliff Young will receive the Spirit of Stonewall Community Service Award; and public relations and communications professional Jim Hollenback will receive the Spirit of Pride Award.
Artist and feminist Nancy Worthington and leather culture figure Race Bannon will each receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The winners will be celebrated during the upcoming Pride Week, November 1-7.
Palm Springs Pride 2021 is scheduled for Saturday November 6 and Sunday November 7. The annual parade will take place on Sunday at 10 a.m..
Palm Springs Pride celebrates the diversity, strength and equality of the LGBTQ community in Greater Palm Springs.
A sought-after local leader, Berrysmith is a founding member of the L-Fund, an organization that provides emergency financial assistance to cisgender and transgender lesbians throughout the Coachella Valley. She continues to serve on the organization’s board of directors and cooks okra for thousands of attendees at the L-Fund gala known as the “Gumbo Gala”.
Keisha D burst onto the local entertainment scene in 2008 when she attended the McCallum Theater Open Call event and walked away with the award for Best Voice. She has since grown into one of Coachella Valley’s most famous and in-demand singers, sharing her talents with audiences at Wang’s in the Desert, The Purple Room, Chill Bar, Greater Palm Springs Pride, in various productions at Palm Canyon Theater. and more.
Cliff Young, owner of the Coachella Valley Coffee Company, created the Warming Souls program, offering laundry services to local homeless people and providing them with new socks and hygiene products. On average, Young does 15 loads of laundry per week at Desert Hot Springs for the homeless.
According to Bear World Magazine, Jim Hollenbeck started his own marketing business, Hollenbeck Group, when he was 22 in San Francisco. Many of her clients include LGBTQ groups and nonprofits. He and her husband, Robert Byhre, moved to Palm Springs in 2013.
Race Bannon, who lives in San Francisco, is a political organizer who has organized numerous political and related marches to LGBTQ and human rights-related causes and is a former leather columnist for the San Francisco Bay Area Reporter.
Over the past 45 years, Nancy Worthington’s art has covered many topics such as police brutality, feminism, human rights, and various political issues. His work is part of permanent collections around the world. In 2005, Worthington appeared in the Public Broadcasting Service film “A Conspiracy of Silence?”
PS Pride did not host the typical parade last year due to COVID-19. Instead, the organization offered online reruns of previous parades and live-streamed the annual Pride Week rainbow flag in downtown Palm Springs. The latter drew more attendance than the typical in-person event, so PS Pride plans to continue to live-stream the raising of the flag each year.
The 2021 parade will also be shown online, which has been offered in previous years.
“I think the community is really ready to go out and be with friends, and just be social. We’ve all been mostly very, very careful and locked in and haven’t been out for a year and over, so I think the community is really going to be ready as the COVID-19 crisis begins to subsidize and the guidelines will allow these large-scale events to continue to happen, ”deHarte told the Desert Sun in May.
Previous reporting by Desert Sun philanthropy and special sections editor Winston Gieseke and journalist Erin Rode was used for this reporting.
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