Nashville Pride celebrates local leaders, activists and volunteers

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Each year Nashville Pride celebrates those in the community (and their own organization) that are integral in helping bring together the massive celebration. This year’s honorees will be awarded at the Curb Records Pride Rocks! Pre-Party, June 13 at Hard Rock Cafe.

This year’s Mark Middleton/Bianca Paige Pride Volunteer Award, given to a Nashville Pride volunteer who embodies Mark Middleton’s passion for and commitment to the GLBT community and Nashville’s annual Pride Festival, will be presented to Debra Hyslop.

The Mark Manasco Community Service Award, given to a member of the GLBT community who demonstrates Manasco’s devotion to community service and GLBT organizations, will be presented to the Music City Sisters.

This year’s Philanthropy Award will recognize Joey Brown. Brown has raised community awareness and money through events at Play and Tribe. Play hosts numerous events throughout the year including April’s Music City Sisters H8’s a Drag celebration and the OutCentral benefit performance of Torch Song Trilogy on June 16.

This year’s Rising Stars Awards will be presented to Kerrie Turney, Jennifer Cowherd, Jessi Coggins and Amanda Henson. Each recipient is recognized for their outstanding efforts and dedication to the success of the 2013 festival and Pride's mission to educate and maintain a sense of pride, community and awareness of, about and for GLBT people and culture in Middle Tennessee.

Finally, Nashville Pride will present Butch Spyridon with the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau with their annual Ally Award.

The Curb Records Pride Rocks! Pre-Party also features a performance from the OUTlaw himself Drake Jensen. Click here for an exclusive interview with Drake Jensen.

Tickets for the Curb Records Pride Rocks! Pre-Party are $20 and can be purchased at