Pillars of Pride Honoree Bios

  • Pioneering HIV physician Dr. Henry Kuharic was at the forefront of the race to understand HIV and care for patients from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s. A dedicated internist, Henry volunteered on the first Project HOPE voyage in 1960, which provided medical care in
  • Emil Sparrowhawk Brandon, also known as “Hawk”, has been a member of the Seattle area leather community and Sex Positive Community and a volunteer advocate for over a decade. Hawk has been out and proud as Queer since the late 70’s, and has been actively
  • Dyke Community Activists was a group of lesbian social justice activists who worked together in Seattle for around 21 years, hosting numerous community events to bring lesbians together to learn about and support progressive political movements, both locally around the globe. The group arose during
  • George Dicks has been devoted throughout his life to expanding health literacy in the African American and LGBTQIA+ communities. He currently works as Lead Geriatric Mental Health Specialist in Harborview Mental Health and Addiction Services, Geriatric Psychiatry Services. George moved to Seattle in 1978 after a
  • Norma Timbang is known for supporting skill building towards effective working relationships among community activists, organizers, and policy makers. Norma has been instrumental in community campaigns that focus on human rights, LGBTQ+, and immigrant issues, including a current campaign: “Mandatory Reporting is Not Neutral” (MRNN),
  • Fredriksen-Goldsen, Ph.D., a professor and Director of the Goldsen Institute at the University of Washington and is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar and activist addressing health inequities across underserved, resilient communities. Karen is the founder of GenPride, Shanti Seattle, and Rainbow Research Group of
  • Bill is a founding member and has always brought his cheerful spirit and empathetic heart to their work and community of members of all ages. He has engaged and gently educated younger singing members helping to enlarge the circle of acceptance and appreciation for our
  • Lynda Greene, the Executive Director at the Southeast Seattle Senior Center located in one of the most diverse zip codes in the nation, 98118. Lynda has been a pioneering, proactive, and powerful ally for the LGBTQ community. The Southeast Seattle Senior Center is celebrating over
  • Domenico ‘Nic’ Minotti is a longtime supporter of Gay City and is in his eleventh year as a member of the Board of Directors of Gay City.   With more than a decade of service on our Board and as a volunteer, Domenico has provided endless
  • Joel’s role as the PrEP Navigator is to help members of the Latino Community to access available health services with an approach to people at high risk of getting HIV. Additionally, He is the host of the radio program “Mucho Gusto” transmitted every Sunday at
  • She is a Community Leader, a trailblazer, and an advocate for both the African American community and the LGBTQIA+ community. As a fierce representation of the LGBTQIA+ community, she and her partner maintain the last standing African American Book Store (LEM’s) for more than 20
  • Arnaldo Inocentes, Ambassador for Pride ASIA. Arnaldo is a pillar within our community. As an ambassador with Pride ASIA, his history spans decades of advocacy and leadership for the LGBTQ+ and other marginalized communities.   Arnaldo started as a soloist with the Seattle Men’s Chorus (SMC)
  • Martha Zuniga, the Deputy Director of Entre Hermanos. She has worked there for more than 10 years, first as a volunteer, then as a Medical Case Manager, and Prevention & Care Program Manager. Her main goal at Entre Hermanos, and in her life, is to
  • Malie Tiare Chanel, who was chosen by Utopia. Born in Fagatogo, American Samoa, Malie was raised in Saleufi, Apia & Seattle. Her passion stems from the cultural upbringing in her village setting, as well as values instilled in her by her grandparents. There were always
  • Dr. Shalit was born in New York City and raised in New Jersey and Massachusetts. He went to college at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, then moved to Seattle where he obtained his Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Washington in 1981. Realizing


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