ALIVE Magazine and Bud Light are proud to present the first-ever ULTRA Pride Awards honoring inspiring businesses, nonprofits and individuals who are making a difference in St. Louis’ LGBTQ community. PROMO Executive Director A.J. Bockelman, Vital VOICE CEO/partner Darin Slyman and writer, director and social activist Joan Lipkin will be recognized at the ULTRA VIP White Party Presented by Bud Light on June 27 at the Public Media Commons in Grand Center.
“After four years of partnering with Bud Light on our ULTRA celebration during PRIDE Weekend, we thought it was time to add another dimension and really recognize some of the iconic members who have done so much over the years for the LGBTQ community,” says ALIVE Editor in Chief Kelly Hamilton. “We’re very excited to be launching these awards with Bud Light in our continued effort to support and highlight the LGBTQ community.”
Bud Light ULTRA Pride Awards Honoree for Personal Achievement
Joan Lipkin, Writer/Director/Social Activist/Producing Artistic Director, That Uppity Theatre Company
“I am proud of the support that the LGBTQ community in St. Louis is increasingly providing to other communities that also face significant challenges, like Ferguson. As the late, great Bayard Rustin said, ‘We are all one,’ and our own humanity is compromised when we don’t look beyond our immediate community to the needs of others.”
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Bud Light ULTRA Pride Awards Honoree for Noteworthy Nonprofit
A.J. Bockelman, Executive Director, Promo
“The broad diversity and overall makeup of St. Louis is really a part of what inspires me,” Bockelman says. “Despite the fact that we have a challenging environment legally, St. Louis still stands out as a beacon. We’ve managed to get the city of St. Louis to a 100 percent rating with Human Rights Campaign’s municipal equality events, meaning that’s a part of the community coming together and working collaboratively.”
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Bud Light ULTRA Pride Awards Honoree for Outstanding Business
Darin Slyman, CEO/Partner, Vital Voice
“Vital VOICE is really a representation of how the LGBTQ community has evolved as well,” Slyman says. “It is very important to showcase the hard news of the LGBTQ community, because no one else was covering that. Vital VOICE celebrates cool people doing really cool things, and by the way, they are gay.”
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